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Dementia and managing its demands within a care setting

6th December

6th December

“Dementia is a word used to describe a group of symptoms including memory loss, confusion, mood changes and difficulty with day-to-day tasks. There are many causes of dementia, with Alzheimer’s disease the most common” – Alzheimer’s Research UK

Contrary to popular belief, Dementia is not something that happens to us when we grow old. These illnesses are diseases that affect different parts of the brain and affect people in different ways. Signs of Dementia get worse until they affect daily life. In addition to possible memory problems, people may experience difficulty in communicating, eating, drinking, dressing, personal hygiene, going to the toilet, etc. Home care/support may follow, and if/when appropriate an individual may then move into residential care.

It’s estimated that 850,000 people in the UK are currently living with dementia, and by 2025 this number is expected to surpass one million.

An estimated 42,000 under-65s are currently living with Dementia in the UK.

Many family carers can feel isolated and exhausted, and may feel that a break would benefit them. Our Wellbeing Day Centre in Oulton Broad, Lowestoft, offers just that. Whether it be for half a day or a number of full days, we provide a warm and inviting environment where your loved one may enjoy the company of others, a hot meal, and a variety of stimulating and enjoyable activities, with our fully qualified and caring staff.

Understandably, extreme pressure and anxiety can ultimately affect family carers’ wellbeing. Reading and asking about how others deal with this similar situation can provide reassurance that residential care is a decision made by many family carers in the UK.

The transition to a care home can be very unsettling. A change in environment can be quite disruptive to people who have dementia and can escalate symptoms. At The Dell Care Home, based in Oulton Broad, Lowestoft, and The Cottage Nursing Home, situated in Irchester, Wellingborough, we recognise the importance of a smooth transition and ensure that every such resident within our homes receives meaningful, person-centred care, based on inclusive and informed decision-making processes, and without discrimination and exclusion. Pre-transition assessments are thorough and also take into account the dynamics of the existing residents. This provides a good basis for as happy and balanced a life as possible. Wellbeing Care encourages all residents to be involved in their own care plans as much as possible. We promote a culture where resident empowerment and choice will be balanced with managing risks safely.

Having dementia can cause much frustration and confusion. Effective communication is therefore essential to alleviate this as much as possible, and to assist residents to express their views, wishes, feelings and beliefs, which subsequently enables a good understanding of needs. Therefore, resources and assistive technology are available, and training is provided, to assist both our residents and staff.

Our *award-winning home in Suffolk and nursing home in Northampton, and the environments within, are so designed to be dementia-friendly, this includes furnishing styles, fabrics, colours and lighting. Our residents are included in the design and lay-out decision-making process where possible.

Whilst the wellbeing and care of our residents is at the forefront of everything we do, we also have a duty to provide support to carers of residents with dementia, including families and friends. Our approach is therefore based on what is known as the relationship-based care model, which embraces the needs of families and friends into residents’ holistic needs. Part of our supportive culture includes offering family members/carers of residents the opportunity to join staff at appropriate training sessions. We are also very proud of the naturally caring support offered by our staff.

Keeping our residents active, both mentally and physically where appropriate, is part of daily life at our homes and day centre. Activities are designed to be stimulating, all-encompassing, and often encourage gentle memory recall. Art, crafts and music figure greatly at Wellbeing Care, as do simple games and vocal activities. We believe that those with long-term conditions such as dementia can still be active no matter how small the activity.

We continually audit and evaluate all our procedures, and welcome feedback from residents, families and friends at all times. Feedback is invited in a number of ways, including regular meetings with residents, families and friends, and at staff meetings. This assists us in identifying levels of satisfaction and areas in which we can improve, as we continually strive to improve all of our services in our journey to CQC Outstanding.

We believe that when supported in these ways, our residents can enjoy the best lifestyle possible, which is one of the core aims of Wellbeing Care Ltd, along with choice, and care with dignity.

The Dell Care Home, Wellbeing Day Centre and The Cottage Nursing Home are operated by Wellbeing Care Ltd. The Dell Care home is rated Good by CQC (Care Quality Commission) and are independently rated in the Top 3 Care Homes in the Waveney area.

Please visit www.alzheimers.org.uk for subject details.

*The Dell Care Home received a High Commendation in the Care Home Awards 2018 in the category Best non-clinical facilities, and were a finalist in the category Best for communication.


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