[ January 18, 2016 ]
Being diagnosed with dementia can be a frightening prospect for many, but it doesn’t mean the end of independence- there are many things that can be done to prolong the length of time someone can stay living in their own home. When the time comes that it becomes a safer and better option for the person to move into a Shaw care home, we make the process as easy and as smooth as possible.
We recognise the importance for family and loved ones to be involved in planning the care, and we always make sure that the dementia sufferer is comfortable with us. Every person is different, and so we embrace the individual traits that makes each care home resident unique. We believe that an understanding of their life history is an essential part of being able to support them.
Wherever possible, we try to adapt the home environment to make a warm, homely, sensory setting where we focus on reminiscence, recall and life events which can really help to validate a residents’ experience. We encourage each of our residents to place items in a “memory box” on each of their front door, which can help trigger personal memories and help them locate their own room.
Our approach is to make sure the person receives the right level of support at all times, by undertaking regular assessments of their abilities and needs, to ensure the person with dementia can continue with a fulfilling and enjoyable life. We can increase overall well-being by ensuring the person feels secure, and making sure they have a real sense of continuity, belonging, purpose, achievement and significance to their lives.