Dementia Care at Restful Homes Group
W e care for residents in the early stages of dementia, provide nursing care where there is accompanying physical needs or frailty through to residents with advanced dementia with associated complex needs requiring care in a truly specialist unit. These units at times are called specialist dementia or challenging behaviour units. Approximately 60-90% of people with dementia may demonstrate behaviour that challenges at some stage of the illness. Challenging behaviour is likely to have adverse impacts upon the person with dementia and their carers.
We care for a person of any age with dementia. Sadly there are many different types of dementia such as Alzheimer’s, Vascular Dementia, Lewy Body, Parkinson’s and Fronto-Temporal Dementia (Pick’s Disease), Mixed type Dementia and Corticobasal Dementia among others.
We also consider caring for people who have cognitive problems associated with other Neurological and Psychiatric disorders such as Korsakoff Syndrome, Schizophrenia, Huntingdon’s Disease amongst others.
We are very aware that there are different types of Dementia and each person’s Dementia is different and individual to that specific person. We never adopt a “one size fits all” approach and tailor an individualised person centred care plan that meets the needs and aspirations of the individual with Dementia. Residents loved ones and other professionals who have a good knowledge of the resident with dementia will be encouraged and actively involved in the creation and review of the resident’s care plan.
A full assessment is carried out prior to admission and an individualised care plan is created to ensure that all assessed needs are met including religious, social and cultural needs. We will not only look after all the personal needs of our residents but also promote their social wellbeing and independence in spite of their dementia diagnosis.
We focus on the abilities that the individual has retained rather than simply catering for the disabilities they have attained. The care plan is regularly reviewed and changes are made to adjust to the changing needs of the resident with Dementia.
At Restful Homes our homes have been carefully designed to ensure that the environment caters for people with dementia. This ranges from the lay out of the homes to the selection of fixtures and fittings. All of this is done with the aim to enhance the overall well-being of residents and not to increase the confusion for our residents who suffer from dementia.
At RHG we realise how important staff are in delivering the high standard of care we aim to provide, that’s why our Dementia units are staffed by qualified Registered Mental Nurses and Care Assistants who have the right disposition for what can be a very difficult job.
In order to achieve this we have designed many aspects of the home ourselves and have commissioned bespoke wallpapers, flooring, designed furniture and even designed our own beds.
We take the training of our staff extremely seriously and have an in-house training programme to help support the staff to maintain and enhance their skills in caring for residents with dementia. We have found that a trained, confident, familiar, smiling face can make all the difference in the world to our residents.
At Restful Homes we are unique and perhaps the only care provider in the country to have regular access to a specialist consultant for Dementia in an advisory role. Our Consultant Psychiatrist provides support to our senior staff members to help improve the overall care of our residents with Dementia and carries out reviews with individual residents in order to improve the delivery of care. Our Consultant also attends the resident and relative meetings and is involved in providing specialist training to our staff in relation to dementia.
At Restful Homes we believe that given our new purpose built care facilities, our commitment to value and support our staff, our focus on training but most importantly our dedication to provide a person centred tailor made care to our residents makes us one of the best dementia care providers.