Dementia can affect us all, and it can put a strain on everyone involved, not only the person living with dementia but their support bubble too. Dementia care is available in all of our homes and can help those that are starting to have difficulty living independently.
Our staff have ongoing Dementia care training, including understanding the various types of dementia, the symptoms and how it can affect a person’s function. We recognise that dementia is different for everyone, despite presenting itself with similar signs and symptoms. Each person is unique, so building relationships with each individual is vital to their care. Daily routine and life history are vitally important for anyone living with dementia – no matter what stage they may be at. Our person-centred care plan helps enable us to understand and facilitate our residents; this could be as simple as knowing if they love a cup of tea every evening before bed, or as complex as knowing their frustration triggers. Ensuring that residents are comfortable, safe and secure will help alleviate any worries for your loved one. Knowing that they’re happy in our care and around people who can understand their condition can help ease the struggles Dementia can bring.
Whatever stage Dementia your loved one may be experiencing, we believe that everyone should be able to live balanced, stimulated and fulfilled life. Our activities teams cater to all types of Dementia, with a large focus on memory care. Our memory care can include reminiscing sessions, games on our OMNI Interactive Table or having a dance to old favourite songs. Our activities co-ordinators ensure time is spent understanding the likes and dislikes of each resident, knowing the ins and outs of their personality, and what can stimulate them. Understanding the hobbies and interests of each Dementia resident is vital, and allowing our residents to continue their favourite pastimes can help aid their memory and mental health. Our homes run weekly baking clubs, knit and natter clubs, gentlemen’s clubs and even pub sessions – all of which get taken on wheels across the homes to include those unable to leave their rooms.
Ensuring that residents can personalise their rooms as much as possible is also part of our person-centred care provision. To aid with this care, we encourage residents to fill their space with sentimental items such as jewellery and photographs that pose as a reminder of their lives. Residents are encouraged to decorate their doors to make their room more identifiable to them, and for added comfort, our homes are tastefully decorated with the favourite movie posters and much-loved artwork of our residents, to help them feel at home.
As the brain slowly stops communicating efficiently, dining with Dementia can become increasingly difficult. Our chef’s understand that catering to different tastes and abilities is vital, especially for those that experience physical and sensory problems that can arise from Dementia. Our chefs customise meals to each resident, and create modified meals for those with difficulty chewing and swallowing. After a full assessment of their needs and with the patience, understanding and compassion of our care teams, you can rest easy knowing that your loved one will live an enjoyable and fulfilled life with us.