Our safe and welcoming care homes, with trained staff, support residents living with dementia to live life to the full.
We use the ‘SEE ME’ approach to dementia care – our strategy looks beyond a person’s dementia and celebrates who they are as an individual now as well as who they were before joining us.
In partnership with loved ones, we create a bespoke care plan to build a picture of not only a resident’s health and wellbeing needs but also their emotional needs and who they are as a person.
By really understanding our residents, our experienced teams are able to provide a home where residents can live in the moment – creating an environment where they feel safe.
We believe a person’s journey through dementia is one that is shared by those closest to them so we are also there to support relatives to understand dementia and how they can still play an active part in their loved one’s life – encouraging a journey together which is that bit less overwhelming.
We have specialist dementia champions in each of our care homes and invest in specialist, on-going training for our teams through our partnership with Worcester University’s Association of Dementia Studies team.
Our care homes are designed to make life more comfortable for people living with dementia. We work with our residents and their loved ones to create memory boxes which hold pride of place outside our residents’ bedrooms. They are filled with sentimental keepsakes that celebrate who they are, for example a cherished war medal or an old newspaper cutting – supporting residents to locate their room more easily.
Alongside the memory boxes we create reminiscence stations with old fashioned gentleman’s desks, vintage dressing tables with tactile hats and scarves, laundry corners where there are socks to be paired and washing to be folded, as well as traditional kitchens with brass to polish and brands from yesteryear. These all encourage residents to take part in meaningful activities which still remain familiar to them.
We have dedicated activities staff who, along with our care teams, support our residents to take part in stimulating and meaningful activities whether helping them to rekindle an old past times during reminiscence sessions or trying something new.
Many of our care homes also have sensory rooms with soothing lighting and music and tactile fabrics and furnishings, providing a multi-sensory experience and a calm retreat for residents to relax in.
Our catering teams in our dementia care homes pride themselves on preparing delicious home-cooked meals with wonderful-smelling foods, prepared in a way which is appetising to the eye – every meal is designed to stimulate the senses and encourage residents to still enjoy food.
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