Gold Standards Framework

What is the Gold Standards Framework?

‘Aiming to achieve the best quality of life for residents particularly towards the end of life’

What is the Gold Standard Framework? Along with many care homes across the country, this home is working with residents, families and colleagues to develop improvements in the quality and organization of care for people approaching the end of their lives. As part of this process, this home has joined the National Gold Standards Framework in Care Homes Programme, supported by local facilitators, the National GSF team and other health care professionals.

There is an independent quality assurance process which recognises those homes that have undertaken the GSF training programme and who demonstrate full integration of the work into their home.

It’s a framework that enables a Gold Standard of Care for all people nearing the end of life. It helps us help provide the highest standard of care possible for not only our resident but also for their families as they face the last stage of their lives. We believe our residents deserve the best care that we can provide and this means a high quality, reliable and consistent standard –helping them to live well and die in the place and manner of their choosing. For many this means avoiding hospital admission in the final stages of their life, enabling them to die with dignity in the home, if that is their wish.

Part of the process involves gathering information as early as possible- whilst the resident is able to make a contribution. This is known as Advance Care Planning and this allows us to document the finer detail of what is important to an individual – such as religious and spiritual needs – getting in touch with an old friend, a favourite perfume, a bird feeder on a window or classical music and experiences that can make a difference in the final weeks and days of life.

Nazareth Lodge Residential Care Home, dedicated to providing the best possible care for all of its residents right up until the end of their lives, has been recognised with a major national award – for the second time.

To be accredited, homes have to achieve 20 quality standards, ranging from leadership and support to dignity and respect as well as submit a portfolio of evidence.

GSF Awards are presented to homes that demonstrate real improvement in the quality of care they provide. Many halve the number of their residents dying in hospital as well as halving crisis hospital admissions, leading to greater satisfaction for families, residents and staff and significant cost savings for the NHS. Everyone in the home, ranging from care assistants to the activities coordinator and cook, is involved in regular reviews with the residents.


The last few weeks have been, to say the least, a bit of a roller coaster for my mother in law. For this period to end in the haven of Nazareth Lodge has seen our prayers answered and we could not be more grateful. Thank You.

Mr S, Relative


Thank you for inviting me to your Vintage Tea Party. It was a delightful occasion and delicious tea! It is yet one more evidence of what a nurturing, caring home you provide for the fortunate people who live at Nazareth Lodge.



I have to thank you especially for the care and support you all gave my father in his last few days. I have related stories to friends with elderly parents that your night staff for instance were singing with him during the long hours of darkness. They couldn't believe it.

JB, Son


Everyone has a friendly, caring approach and there is nothing that is too much trouble

MB, Respite Guest


I would like to thank you and everyone at Nazareth Lodge for the care you took of my cousin. It was so reassuring to know she was in safe hands. Thank you and your staff also who came to her service last Friday. It meant a lot.

FG, family of resident


Staff made it easy for us to visit and we always felt sure our mother was being well looked after with excellent food, impeccable hygiene and careful thought given to every aspect of what would be best for her individually.

Mr S D, Son


D particularly enjoyed the daily activities and was always very complimentary about the variety and quality of the meals.

RP and SP, Relatives


When I walk into Nazareth Lodge and see the residents potting up hyacinths, up to their elbows in compost, it is indeed a joy to behold

Volunteer Visitor


The staff care about the residents, showing them respect, kindness and an understanding of their individual needs

JW, Volunteer Visitor


I would like to pay tribute to all your colleagues who devoted time and kindness in meeting Dad's needs and making him feel at home and always comfortable.

Mr K, Relative


To know that mum spent her last few days/weeks surrounded by your care and kindness, as well as professionalism, gives me a huge sense of relief and peace. Thank you for everything.

LM, daughter


RW felt safe, he felt protected and he felt comforted by all that was done for him

DH, Friend


I am convinced that your incredible care and attention to detail made his last few days as comfortable as humanly possible and it was very humbling for me to witness.

CB, Son


As a family we all know that everything after my father's death was handled brilliantly even down to a 'guard of honour' as his body left Nazareth Lodge.

JB, Son


Although mum had little interest in food, it is right that even she recognised the excellent quality and diversity of food provided

Mrs T, Daughter

Contact Us

Nazareth Lodge
Penny Street
Sturminster Newton
Dorset, DT10 1DE

01258 472511