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Research visit from South Korea

Belsize Village, London, UK: On June 6, 2019, Penrose Care was delighted to host its sixth international research delegation. This research delegation was from the municipality of Gwangyang, South Korea, consisting of two nurse-civil servants specialising in health policy Young-ok Seo and In-soon Park; their translator Dr. Gunwoo Kim, and a travel guide.

On the Penrose Care side, the research delegation was hosted by Penrose Care’s managers Robert Stephenson-Padron, Olga Garcia, Nikoletta Makouli, and Quita the Kitty, a trainee pet therapy cat.

The purpose of Ms. Seo and Ms. Park’s visit was to inform the development of dementia care in Gwangyang-si, South Korea.

Following the visit, the delegation made the following statement on June 16, 2019:

“We were very impressed with how much effort the carers from a private company put into improving the quality of life for patients. In particular we felt that Penrose Care was a thought leader in their belief that the staff had to be happy in order to be able to provide good quality care to patients” – Young-ok Seo and In-soon Park from Gwangyang-si, South Korea

Following the visit, Penrose Care managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron made the following statement:

“Penrose Care is honoured and humbled when it receives research delegations from abroad. It is a demonstration that respect for the dignity of the human person is a universal value stemming from the love we have for our parents and grandparents, and our siblings and our friends. I hope our commitment to the highest quality of care and its link to ethical labour standards continues to inspire policy makers and health and social care workers around the world. I send all my best wishes to our brothers and sisters in South Korea as they work to tackle their own challenges associated with ageing societies.”

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Left to right: Penrose Care manager Nikoletta Makouli, Penrose Care manager Olga Garcia, delegation tourist guide, Penrose Care managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron, Dr. Gunwoo Kim, In-soon Park, Young-ok Seo.
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Left to right: Young-ok Seo, Penrose Care manager Nikoletta Makouli, Penrose Care manager Olga Garcia, delegation tourist guide, Penrose Care managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron with Quita the Kitty, Dr. Gunwoo Kim, In-soon Park.
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Left to right: Penrose Care managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron, Dr. Gunwoo Kim, In-soon Park, Young-ok Seo, Penrose Care manager Nikoletta Makouli.
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Left to right: Penrose Care manager Nikoletta Makouli, Penrose Care manager Olga Garcia, Penrose Care managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron, Young-ok Seo, In-soon Park.
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Left to right: Penrose Care managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron receiving gifts from In-soon Park and Young-ok Seo.
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Left to right: Penrose Care managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron, Penrose Care manager Olga Garcia with Quita the Kitty, In-soon Park.
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Left to right: Penrose Care manager Olga Garcia, Penrose Care manager Nikoletta Makouli, Penrose Care managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron, Dr. Gunwoo Kim, Young-ok Seo, In-soon Park.
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Left to right: Penrose Care manager Nikoletta Makouli with Quita the Kitty, Penrose Care managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron, Penrose Care manager Olga Garcia, Young-ok Seo, Dr. Gunwoo Kim, In-soon Park.

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About Penrose Care

Penrose Care is an ethical provider of home care services in London, United Kingdom to adults with disabilities such as acquired brain injury and elderly persons including those with dementia.  The company operates upon a fundamental belief that to promote a caring workforce, the organisation itself must be caring. As the pioneer of ethics in home care in the UK, Penrose Care in 2012 became one of the first four providers in the United Kingdom to become an Accredited Living Wage Employer and in 2013 the first independent sector provider to be compliant with Citizens UK’s landmark Social Care Charter. Penrose Care was named the Living Wage Champion for the London region in 2016 and for Industry Leadership in 2018 by the Living Wage Foundation. Penrose Care’s ethical social care framework has garnered international acclaim, resulting in Penrose Care receiving research delegations from Canada, China and Japan. Penrose Care is rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission, the highest rating given by England’s health and social care regulator.

Penrose Care’s ethical approach promotes higher quality social care workers and low staff turnover which in turn results in excellent care.  Penrose Care is headquartered in Belsize Village, north London – between Hampstead, Belsize Park and Swiss Cottage / Finchley Road – and was founded by Robert Stephenson-Padron, a healthcare research analyst, and Dr. Matthew Knight, a hospital physician.

About Gwangyang

Gwangyang is home to beautiful tourism resources including the famed Baegunsan Mountain and Seomjingang River. The city produces high quality farm products and promotes new growth industries based on the Port of Gwangyang and the Gwangyang Steel Plant. These make Gwangyang a city with outstanding business conditions and great development potential.

The city is dedicated to active, innovative public services so that Gwangyang will be a global city, a great city for nurturing children, the happiest city in Korea, and the number one city in the Jeonnam Province.

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Penrose Care raises dementia awareness at the Hampstead Festival

Belsize Village, London – Penrose Care is pleased to announce that it distributed at least 65 living with dementia guides or £4.99 each free to the public at the 2016 Hampstead Summer Festival Big Fair held on Sunday, July 3, 2016.

As an ethical provider of home care, Penrose Care sees it as its civic duty to play its party in helping raise awareness of dementia in our community.

“The free distribution of ‘First Steps to living with Dementia’ by Dr Simon Atkins was an idea generated by our co-founder Dr Matthew Knight, as a means of assisting people to better manage dementia with respect to lifestyle knowledge and also to help make them aware that professional care providers like Penrose Care are there to support them to stay living at home as the disease progresses via the provision of dementia care in people’s own homes.”

Penrose Care also acknowledges the supportive comment by Finchley & Frognal Councillor of Camden Council Gio Spinella regarding the public service nature of the dementia guides distribution:

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Camden Council Cllr Gio Spinella of Finchley and Frognal tweets out support for Penrose Care’s dementia awareness initiative.

“I found particularly positive the great number of festival attendees who told me they received a booklet from the 2015 festivals as well as some folks who came to get a booklet because they were praised by others who already read our free booklets from last you,” said Mr Stephenson-Padron. “Penrose Care intends to continue the program in the following years.”

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Penrose Care friend Coco Lee the African Grey Parrot greets her friend Rudy at the Hampstead Summer Festival Penrose Care stall.

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Penrose Care’s Robert Stephenson-Padron manning the Penrose Care booth at the Hampstead Summer Festival.

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Robert Stephenson-Padron

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About Penrose Care

Penrose Care is an ethical provider of home care services London, United Kingdom to adults with disabilities and elderly persons, including those with dementia.  The company operates upon a fundamental belief that to promote a caring workforce, the organisation itself must be caring. As the pioneer of ethics in home care in the UK, Penrose Care in 2012 became one of the first four providers in the country to become an Accredited Living Wage Employer and in 2013 the first independent sector provider to be compliant with Citizens UK’s landmark Social Care Charter.

Penrose Care’s ethical approach promotes higher quality social care workers and low staff turnover which in turn results in excellent care. Penrose Care is headquartered in Belsize Village, north London and was founded by Robert Stephenson-Padron, a healthcare research analyst, and Dr. Matthew Knight, a hospital physician.

About the Hampstead Summer Festival

A fun and colourful street party with a fabulous carnival atmosphere, the Hampstead Summer Festival Big Fair draws crowds of tens of thousands. Over 100 stalls line a bustling Heath Street, London NW3 to a backdrop of live music and street entertainment, a traditional fun fair, street circus, and family attractions. The festival stages give a platform to established and emerging local talent from the music, theatre and dance scenes. From hip hop and contemporary performances to the classic and traditional, there’s an eclectic programme that’s sure to appeal to all.

Penrose Care receives its 3rd Japanese research delegation

Belsize Village, London – On Tuesday, April 26, 2016, Penrose Care was honoured to be receive its third research visit from Japan. The 11-person delegation consisting of doctors and other health professionals follows a March 14, 2016 visit from Professor Manami Hori of Tokai University Kanagawa, Japan; and a 5-person delegation organised by the Government of Japan on August 13, 2015.

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Penrose Care Managing Director Robert Stephenson-Padron with dementia research delegation from Japan (April 26, 2016).

The Japanese delegation, which had an especial focus on dementia care, visited Penrose Care to learn more about the unique way in which Penrose Care delivers home care – underpinned by an innovative ethical approach that is outlined in Citizens UK’s Social Care Charter which includes paying staff the living wage, payment for travel time, no unduly short visits, offering an occupational sick pay scheme, dedicated client teams and proper training. In doing so, “Penrose Care has made the Theory of Ethical Care a reality”, Penrose Care’s managing director, Robert Stephenson-Padron, told the delegation.

Mr. Stephenson-Padron further said:

“Penrose Care is once again honoured that our innovative ethical approach to home care garnered us our third research visit from Japan. Japan, like the UK, has enormous challenges associated with its ageing populations. We showed that it is better value for time and money to create ethical systems that prevent bad things from happening (the Penrose Care way), rather than spending so much time identifying bad things once they have happened (the normal way of doing things).”

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Penrose Care managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron presents to Japanese research delegation (Belsize Kitchen, April 26, 2016)

A number of issues were covered in the discussion including the broad issues facing health and social care in the UK, the theory of ethical care and how to put it into practice, care worker pay and terms and conditions, care worker training in the UK, public-private market mix, information sharing, and ways in which Penrose Care has achieved excellence in care by operating as an ethical enterprise.

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Robert Stephenson-Padron

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0207 435 2644

About Penrose Care

Penrose Care is an ethical provider of home care services London, United Kingdom to adults with disabilities and elderly persons, including those with dementia.  The company operates upon a fundamental belief that to promote a caring workforce, the organisation itself must be caring. As the pioneer of ethics in home care in the UK, Penrose Care in 2012 became one of the first four providers in the country to become an Accredited Living Wage Employer and in 2013 the first independent sector provider to be compliant with Citizens UK’s landmark Social Care Charter.

Penrose Care’s ethical approach promotes higher quality social care workers and low staff turnover which in turn results in excellent care. Penrose Care is headquartered in Belsize Village, north London and was founded by Robert Stephenson-Padron, a healthcare research analyst, and Dr. Matthew Knight, a hospital physician.

Members of the delegation from Japan

Dr. Jungo Hayakawa, Chairman of Aichi Min-Iren in Nagoya

Mr. Hiromi Katakura, Director of Facility For the Aged, Ushioda Yasuragi no Sato

Ms. Noriko Kobashi, Druggist of Ushioda Pharmacy in Yokohama

Ms. Satoru Kondo, Psychiatrist of Kyoto Min-Iren Second Hospital

Ms. Yuka Maeseto, Nurse of Sakura Home Nursing Station in Osaka

Dr. Yumi Miyazawa, Doctor of neurology of Ushioda General Hospital in Yokohama

Ms. Kiriyama Sumiko, Nurse of Uhioda General Hospital in Yokohama

Dr. Yoshio Suzuki, Vice Director, Ushioda general Hospital in Yokohama

Ms. Teruko Toda, Social Worker from Osaka

Dr. Satoshi Yamada, Vice President of Min-Iren (Doctor and Chief of Health Care)

Ms. Yurika Yamaguchi, Occupational Therapist, Ushioda General Hospital in Yokohama

Observer:

Dr. Mayumi Hayashi, Fellow at Institute of Gerontology, Kings College London

Penrose Care sponsors the Mum, Dementia & I photo exhibition

Belsize Village, Hampstead, London, UK: Penrose Care is honoured to be sponsoring the Real Picture exhibition: Mum, Dementia & I being held at Bernie Grant Arts Centre in Tottenham from 12th-23rd November 2014 with a Private Viewing on the 11th November 2014 from 7:00pm-9:30pm which free tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite. The exhibition and related events are free and donations are encouraged to the Alzheimer’s Society.

The exhibit is by Annemarie Anang, 32, a civic activist of North London Citizens aiming to increase awareness of dementia and improve the care system. Mum, Dementia & I gives an intimate insight into life with her mother, Elizabeth, as together they attempt to make sense of the changes in their lives caused by the onset of dementia.

Annemarie said:

“As more of us live longer it’s inevitable that many of us will need help and support in the form of care services. But the current care system just isn’t equipped to cope.

“Although it is possible to live well with dementia with the right support from professionals, family and friends, dementia is a cruel disease that’s slowly taking hold of my mum. That’s tough enough, but on top of that we’ve had to also manage inadequate and inconsistent care from care workers, many of whom are kind and hardworking, but who aren’t given the right training for what is a difficult job. Most are paid less than a Living Wage and are constantly being rushed from one job to the next, leaving little time to give quality care, let alone build up a relationship with the vulnerable clients they support.

“I decided to create this exhibition to give a personal testimony as to why we should care about care services. Other people write papers and policy documents, and this my way. I hope these images will encourage more discussion about dementia, why care is important and get people talking in the build up to the 2015 election about why these issues should be on every politicians agenda.”

The photographs give glimpses into their everyday life, the coping mechanisms they’ve developed to help Elizabeth understand her own home and daily life within it.

Annemarie and her mum are both members of Stamford Hill’s, St Ignatius Church, where Annemarie has also run a series of ‘Dementia Friends’ information sessions that aim to encourage people to learn more about the disease and how to make their community more dementia friendly.

Robert Stephenson-Padron, Penrose Care managing director, said: “Penrose Care, as one of the handful of Accredited Living Wage Employers in London’s home care sector, is honoured to support Annemarie’s beautiful work. We strongly feel that art such as this helps engage the humanity of those who experience it. If the collective humanity of civil society is enacted to help improve the UK’s ailing social care system, then I believe those much needed improvements will happen.”

Citizens UK Social Care Campaign

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The Real Picture

Gillian Owen

gillian.owen@citizensuk.org.uk

07876246150

About Mum, Dementia & I

www.therealpicture.org

Mum, Dementia & I’ is a photography exhibition that explores the reality of living with dementia. It gives an intimate insight into daily life for my mother, and myself and how we attempted to make sense of the changes in our lives caused by the arrival of dementia. Glimpses into our coping methods, as well as the difficulties encountered with the introduction of carers into our home, can be seen. The public are invited to view these personal photographs and engage in the issues surrounding social care as we become a nation where we are living longer and yet the way older people are cared for continues to be a concern. The exhibition also includes a short video featuring my mother and I, that was broadcast on London Live earlier this year. There will be an opportunity for the public to share their views on dementia and social care. The exhibition is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Citizens UK, campaigners for better Social Care, are our partners.

You can listen to Annemarie speak on BBC You and Yours at 32:30-41:30 in the following recording from 06 Oct 2014, which includes a praise for Penrose Care’s home care services: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04k9gjd

About Penrose Care

Penrose Care is an ethical provider of home care services London, United Kingdom to adults with disabilities and elderly persons, including those with dementia. The company operates upon a fundamental belief that to promote a caring workforce, the organisation itself must be caring. As the pioneer of ethics in home care in the UK, Penrose Care in 2012 became one of the first four providers in the country to become an Accredited Living Wage Employer and in 2013 the first independent sector provider to be compliant with Citizens UK’s landmark Social Care Charter.

Penrose Care’s ethical approach promotes higher quality social care workers and low staff turnover which in turn results in excellent care. Penrose Care is headquartered in Belsize Village, north London and was founded by Robert Stephenson-Padron, a healthcare research analyst, and Dr. Matthew Knight, a hospital physician.

England’s dementia care crisis highlights importance of Penrose Care’s mission

Belsize Village, London, 13 October 2014: Ethical home care provider Penrose Care expresses its sadness and deep concern over the Care Quality Commission’s Cracks in the Pathway report which found that 9/10 care homes inspected “had some aspect of poor or inconsistent care”, the Daily Mail reported earlier today.

“The CQC’s findings show that England’s care crisis continues, which although disheartening, confirms the importance of Penrose Care’s mission to provide and promote ethics in social care,” said Penrose Care managing director, Robert Stephenson-Padron.

Penrose Care aims to hire excellent and caring staff, supported by top of the range training – including dementia care training for workers providing dementia care – within an organisation that genuinely cares for them as human beings. This framework has resulted in feedback from the families of our dementia home care clients that is consistently excellent.

Further, Penrose Care is constantly working with policy makers to assist them in alleviating and eventually solving the UK’s care crisis. As such, we have participated at policy roundtables and policy papers both at the House of Commons and House of Lords. We will continue these activities as it is our firm belief that it is not sufficient to be ethical just within our own remit, but to promote such ethics outside our organisation as well.

Penrose Care will continue to promote ethics in social care, especially in dementia care, and indeed, aims to release some exciting news on this front in November.

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Robert Stephenson-Padron, robert.padron@penrosecare.co.uk

0207 435 2644

About Penrose Care

Penrose Care is an ethical provider of home care services London, United Kingdom to adults with disabilities and elderly persons, including those with dementia.  The company operates upon a fundamental belief that to promote a caring workforce, the organisation itself must be caring. As the pioneer of ethics in home care in the UK, Penrose Care in 2012 became one of the first four providers in the country to become an Accredited Living Wage Employer and in 2013 the first independent sector provider to be compliant with Citizens UK’s landmark Social Care Charter.

Penrose Care’s ethical approach promotes higher quality social care workers and low staff turnover which in turn results in excellent care. Penrose Care is headquartered in Belsize Village, north London and was founded by Robert Stephenson-Padron, a healthcare research analyst, and Dr. Matthew Knight, a hospital physician.

Penrose Care dementia care

Penrose Care provides home care services to those with dementia