Yorkshire care home completes 2.6k challenge to support Huntington’s Disease Awareness Month

Throughout May, residents at Exemplar Health Care’s Castleford nursing home have been marching together by completing a daily 2.6k challenge, in support of Huntington’s Disease Awareness Month.

The month of May is Huntington’s Disease Awareness Month and the residents and staff at Fairburn Mews in Castleford have signed up to walk 42 laps, the equivalent of 2.6km, around the building.

The challenge will raise much-needed funds for the Huntington’s Disease Association (HAD), which is a charity close to the home’s heart.

Fairburn Mews in Castleford is a specialist nursing home within Exemplar Health Care that supports people with a diagnosis of Huntington’s disease. In September 2019, Fairburn Mews received the very first certificate of quality assurance by the Huntington’s Disease Association and continues to be the only HDA quality assured care home in England. This mark of quality demonstrates that the home has achieved and maintained best practice standards in Huntington’s disease care as set by the HDA.

Karen Neal, Home Manager at Fairburn Mews, said: “We’re really proud of our residents and staff for getting behind this challenge. Like many care homes across the country, our Fairburn Mews residents are in lockdown. They do however have access to the garden once each day and have all agreed to use this time with the purpose of supporting the Huntington’s Disease Association and completing their own 2.6km.

“Huntington’s disease is a complex illness that requires specialist support. That’s why our approach to care is truly person-centred – we work with people and their loved ones, across multi-disciplinary teams, to understand their needs and likes, and co-design a care plan to empower them to live their life how they choose.

“At Exemplar Health Care, our nurse-led teams support people to manage the symptoms of Huntington’s disease and empower them to live a fulfilling life with regular social activities and hobbies. We work closely with the Huntington’s Disease Association to ensure that our specialist teams have the right skills and knowledge to support people to have the best quality of life possible.”

Keep up-to-date with Fairburn Mews’s 2.6km challenge, or contribute towards their fundraising, via their Go Fund Me page at https://bit.ly/2W8QWx0

For more information on Exemplar Health care visit www.exemplarhc.com.