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Over half of care home staff say their residents have dementia dolls

woman with dementia dolls

52% of care home staff say their residents have dementia dolls, according to a new survey by the leading care home reviews site, carehome.co.uk.

The poll of 2,491 care home owners, managers and staff, also found 72% think there are benefits to people with dementia using the dolls.

Nearly three quarters of care staff view the dolls in a positive light, but doll therapy has left some respondents sitting on the fence, with 23% ‘unsure’ whether they provide a benefit, while 5% say they do not.

Care home staff get a taste of life with dementia

Care home staff participating in dementia training

TYNESIDE care home staff have been given a taste of what life is like with dementia after taking part in a special training session.

Those working at Waverley Lodge Care Home, in Lemington, had their senses impaired before attempting simple, everyday tasks.

Thick gloves, misty glasses and ear plugs were used to make the tasks more difficult and frustrating to complete.

This emulated how someone with the illness feels when they find previously straightforward tasks difficult or impossible.

Michelle Park, activities coordinator at Waverley Lodge Care Home, on Bewick Crescent, said: “One staff member had the small pair of glasses on and had to put a shirt on. It was so hard for her.

“Another had to get pens and puzzle books and pick up little sticks. 

Recover lost time with Snappy Tags!

Recover lost time with Snappy Tags!

Across the UK, busy care home staff spend over 6,000 hours a week rummaging through lost property and residents’ rooms looking for mislaid clothing.  That’s a lot of hours spent on this fruitless task!  With this in mind, one company has identified a quick, easy, and cost-effective solution to labelling residents’ clothing. Snappy Tags ® are discreet and resemble small buttons, making them comfortable and unobtrusive to the wearer. Care Homes who have implemented Snappy Tags® agree:

Less than half of care home staff say they have bariatric facilities to look after obese residents

One in 10 care home staff have had to turn down obese residents due to lack of bariatric facilities
 
With one in four British adults now obese in older age, new figures from carehome.co.uk, the leading care home reviews website, reveal that only 39% of care home staff say they have the bariatric facilities to look after obese residents, with one in 10 care home staff (13%) having to turn them away due to lack of these services.
 
The figures have been sourced from a survey completed by care home owners, managers and staff as part of the carehome.co.uk Summer Survey, and the term ‘bariatric’ relates to people who weigh more than 25 stone.
 
Davina Ludlow, Chair of carehome.co.uk, said: