AKW, the UK’s leading manufacturer of accessible bathroom solutions, has completed the first phase in the renovation of 31 luxury dementia-friendly en-suite bathrooms at the Grade II listed Lypiatt Lodge nursing home. Situated in a striking period house in the heart of Cheltenham, Lypiatt Lodge provides specialist nursing care to residents with both long term and respite needs. The nursing home was acquired by Fidelia Care Limited in 2015 and, after evaluating the needs of residents and assessing the home’s existing facilities, the new owners decided to undertake a full refurbishment of the property in order to update the site and better support residents, especially those with dementia.
One of Scotland’s leading housing and care providers is giving its colleagues additional training in a bid to help raise more awareness of dementia. Edinburgh based charity Blackwood is rolling out training in Dementia Care Awareness for 450 members of staff across Scotland after Alzheimer Scotland reported more than 90,000 people are currently living with the disease.
The ‘Promoting Excellence in Dementia Care’ training programme will provide staff with an insight into recognising the initial signs and symptoms of the disease as well as allowing them to be better equipped, more confident and offer a more personal approach in their interactions with customers who have been diagnosed.
Re:Cognition Health is a pioneering cognitive health clinic in the heart of London, specialising in the diagnosis, treatment and care of people of all ages showing symptoms of cognitive impairment, including memory loss and dementia. Dementia is an umbrella term that describes progressive cognitive impairment, which is severe enough to prevent people from performing normal daily activities and can include symptoms of memory loss, problems with language, slow thought patterns and difficulty solving problems. Dementia currently affects 850,000 people in the UK, with one person diagnosed with a form of dementia every three minutes. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia.
Caring for a loved one with dementia comes with many challenges, one of which is ensuring that your loved one eats and drinks properly. After all, a healthy diet is an important part of their wellbeing. People with dementia may experience a change in appetite; most commonly, they may lose interest in food and feel less hungry as a result. You may also find that their tastes change, so they could suddenly dislike foods that they once loved (and vice versa). This can lead to mealtimes being challenging, or even stressful – not just for your loved one, but for those caring for them (that’s you).
A Glasgow Care Home is offering its residents the chance to get ‘in-and-about’ with the creation of its very own indoor garden.
Bupa’s Wyndford Locks Care Home on Currie Street has converted a previously under-used space into a relaxing and comfortable garden environment, complete with an astro-turf hedge, sky blue ceiling with painted clouds, garden furniture and stonework wallpaper to create the effect of an outside wall.
An array of indoor plants have also been selected to contribute the sights and smells of an everydaygarden, as well as a carefully designed interior, and the area is open to all residents and visitors to enjoy on a daily basis.
Residents and staff at Pitcairn Lodge Care Home in Kirkton are celebrating after their creative dementia garden project won a national award for ‘Best Community Initiative’.
The initiative, which is the brainchild of Pitcairn Lodge’s Deputy Manager Carole Laing, was to create a sensory garden to enhance the lives of residents living with dementia. Inspired by National Gardening Week, the care home entered into a national competition run by care provider Embrace Group, which operates Pitcairn Lodge.
Residents, their loved ones, staff, and volunteers all mucked in for the project. Residents took particular delight in advising on flower choices during a trip to the local FoxLane garden centre, and mucking in with outdoor planting.
HOLMEWOOD Care Home has been awarded The Derbyshire Dignity Award for services provided to residents and their families. The Chesterfield home has 40 beds and provides tailored residential and day care to meet residents' individual needs.
The award, issued by Derbyshire County Council, recognises Holmewood's person centered care and their dignity protection processes and procedures for residents living with dementia. It also recognises the home's involvement of families with care planning for their loved ones, giving the residents a voice, as well as activities and events and end of life care.
Sutton’s specialist dementia nursing service has been expanded after it was found to improve care for people with dementia and provide increased support for carers. The Admiral Nurse Service, which is co-funded by Sutton Council and NHS Sutton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), has increased the number of its specialist nurses who support local families living with dementia from one to four thanks to significant additional funding by NHS Sutton CCG.
A 76-year-old published poet who rediscovered her love of teaching and writing poetry has established a poetry group for dementia sufferers, despite also suffering with the disease herself. The former Lewes resident, whodoes not want to be named, was diagnosed with dementia a number of years ago and began living at specialist dementia care home, Clifden House in Seaford, earlier this year. She now leads a regular poetry class for fellow dementia sufferers, and said: “It’s so nice to be back in the limelight”.
The BBC is launching a range of new online tools to mark Dementia Awareness weeks around the UK.
The tools - ‘RemArc’ and ‘Your Memories’ – have been developed by the BBC to help trigger conversations and memories amongst those living with dementia. They will continue to be accessible to audiences, including those living with dementia and brain injury and their carers, in the future. Alongside this the BBC has produced two special online iWonder guides and a large range of associated programming on the subject of dementia.
Huge steps are being made in research on cognitive and mobility disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s – it’s now thought that exercise can reduce brain ageing by a decade and studies using antibodies to block Alzheimer’s symptoms are well advanced. Both conditions can lead to deterioration in quality of life and have a range of symptoms that can make home life difficult. That said, there's a lot that can be done to make life at home safer and more enjoyable.
Through the Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG), local governments provide up to £30,000 per application in England (£36,000 in Wales and £25,000 in Northern Ireland) for a range of home improvements. What you might get from the grant is based on where you live and how much you earn or have saved.
Since 2010, Active Minds have been designing evidence-based activity products for professional and family carers of people living with dementia. Over this time, the company has become familiar with the challenges faced by professional care settings when delivering planned and unplanned activity sessions to those with dementia or people experiencing symptoms of cognitive decline.
RemindMeCare is a highly innovative, award winning Cisco/UCL backed software, that assists the care of the elderly, those with dementia, their carers and families. The system celebrates a life, strengthens links with family and tackles agitation, depression and isolation. Portable from home to dom, live-in, day care, residential and ward care, RemindMeCare is the only system that can provide bespoke reminiscence therapy by sourcing images, music and videos that are unique to the user. This also includes the means to store and share life stories, preferences and interests with carers and a care circle, as well as creating automated activity reports, which can also be stored and sent to the users’ family.