WHITEFRIARS in Stamford is the first home run by the Orders of St John Care Trust to receive accreditation for dementia care.
The trust, a not-for-profit charity, runs 58 homes in six counties and specialises in care for the elderly.
The accreditation was part of an internal audit tool to measure performance across a number of areas, including personalised care and support, medication management, infection prevention and control and staff training.
Whitefriars implemented a series of initiatives which have received approval from Demenia UK.
Home manager Helen Finlay, says: “Our focus is on providing a home from home environment for our residents and delivering individualised care. Our care plans help us really get to know each resident, their family and their past lives, enabling us to enhance their day to day living.”
The home also has the help of two Admiral Nurses who provide support for families and staff.
“We are committed to reducing the number of residents using antipsychotic drugs and work closely with our local GP to review medication on a regular basis,” Helen says.
The home’s activities coordinator, Sarah Turner-Daffern, is responsible for offering residents a diverse range of things to do, as well as providing opportunities for them to maintain and learn new skills.
“It’s very important that the residents I look after are consulted to better understand them so I can deliver an activity programme that suits their individual needs and abilities.
Initiatives such as reminiscence sessions, doll therapy and sensory-based activities, including aromatherapy and massage, are key to the ongoing development of care we provide for our residents,” she says.
The home is looking to introduce a 1950’s themed room and is asking people to donate suitable artefacts. Themed rooms are a comfort to dementia sufferers and help them to recall memories.