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