We aim to support residents with dementia as individuals, rather than focusing on their illness. We take into account each residents unique qualities, abilities, interests, preferences and needs. We focus on person centred care and treat all our residents with dignity and respect.
Our staff receive a range of training to include how to recognise a residents emotional needs and how to communicate well. Our training has been delivered through a number of ways including: – University of Surrey accredited David Sheard course on “Culture Change in Dementia,” Virtual Dementia Tour, and local mental health professionals to name a few.
Within our homes we have adopted research from David Sheard “Dementia Care Matters”, as well as The University of Stirling, both of which are seen as leading the edge in dementia care. Some of the adaptations you may notice are the doors to a resident’s bedroom made to look and feel like a front door, lots of memorabilia items to help reminiscence, a bus stop in the garden, garden paths that provide a circular route, themed areas to help with orientation around the home. Our adaptations are all designed to help those living with dementia remain as independent as possible whilst maintaining a homely environment.
Our Exeter home is supporting the Exeter Dementia Action Alliance to improve Exeter for those living with dementia.