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Tesco employees continue to experience what it is like to live with dementia in Forfar

Ideas on how to help people living with dementia to lead a fulfilling life without barriers have been hitting the headlines recently.

Four Seasons Health Care’s Home Manager from Havencourt Care Home, Rhona McGregor has been helping Tesco employees in Forfar undertake the Four Season’s Dementia Experience.

Rhona McGregor said: “People living with dementia can still lead fulfilling lives and do the things they enjoy doing. I believe it’s our approach as professionals, whether in the health care sector or other sectors, that needs to adapt to remove any barriers that may be in the way. We’re delighted that employees from Tesco want to take part in the experience so they can enhance the lives of shoppers in their stores. This is the second batch of Tesco employees to take part in the training, and they’re all embracing it to the full.”

The Dementia Experience attempts to provide participants with a taste of what living with dementia might be like. Participants have their physical senses temporarily impaired with a variety of props, and are then asked to complete simple daily tasks, such as pairing up socks, buttoning a shirt and laying a table. The experience can be frustrating and distressing in equal measure, and provides a glimpse into what it might be like to be living with dementia.

The Dementia Experience is part of Four Seasons Health Care’s new approach to dementia care, the Dementia Care Framework. This pioneering approach is a unique step forward in the personalisation of care for people living with dementia. The care team uses exclusive purpose-designed technology to help build and continuously update a picture of each resident’s individual experience of their care and their physical, psychological and emotional well-being, so that their care can be adjusted to their changing needs. There are three additional components to the Dementia Care Framework – personal care reviews, Resident Charters and Family Charters. Only when a home achieves key standards within the Dementia Care Framework does it receive Four Seasons Accreditation for the quality of its dementia care.

Rhona McGregor added: “The teams in our homes are all receiving this experience as part of their dementia training. Offering it out to organisations in the local community is a logical next step. It also ensures people living with dementia have the understanding and support of the community’s they live in, to help them lead a fulfilling life without barriers.”

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20 Nov 2017

The residents and care team at Howdon Care Centre in Wallsend enjoy their monthly trip to the library where they’re always greeted with refreshments of tea and cakes.

Everyone chose their favourite books which they decided were coming back to Howdon, but before they came home they settled down with a cup of tea and slice of cake discussing what they’ve read.

Are you looking for a care home in Wallsend? Howdon Care Centre provides support for all types of care including day care, intermediate care, end of life/palliative care and specialist care.


20 Nov 2017

Congratulations go to two Care Assistants at Lydfords Care Home in Lewes, who have been commended for their care and kindness.

Maria Stefea, Home Manager, presented the Recognition of Care and Kindness (ROCK) awards to Alison Palmer and Wendy Lavender.

Maria Stefea said: “I’m very proud of the team here, they regularly go the extra mile to make a difference to the residents they care for. Well done Alison and Wendy you should be very proud, these awards are very well deserved.”

A ROCK award is a nationwide honour that specifically highlights the impact a Four Season Health Care employee has made on the lives of people living in one of their care homes. An internal prize, staff are nominated for an award by either residents, their relatives or friends, who have witnessed or experienced staff members demonstrating excellent standards of care and kindness in their role.

Are you looking for a care home in Lewes? Lydfords Care Home offers support for all types of care including residential care, nursing care and respite care.


20 Nov 2017

Although Hallgarth Care Home is on the edge of the busy Durham City Centre, it has a long private back garden, which for many years has been home to a family of squirrels. These critters provide hours of entertainment.

Angela Muir, Home Manager, said: “The residents love sitting in our very own bar and watching nature at its best. We have bird boxes, feeders and a bird bath. These are used by a family of Blue Tits, but the real characters are the squirrels. We have a line going from tree to tree that the nut and seed feeders hang on, and the squirrels have mastered the art of walking along them commando style.

“This is the third line we’ve had to put up at the squirrels got the idea of chewing through the line so all the feeders end up on the ground, much easier for them to collect the nuts! Or they would chew through the plastic feeders so the bottom would fall out. We now give them different puzzles to challenge them before they can get the nuts. They are very entertaining to watch.”

Are you looking for a care home in Durham? Hallgarth Care Home offers support for all types of care including residential care, nursing care, respite care, end of life/palliative care and intermediate care.


19 Nov 2017

Residents, relatives and the care team at Hillside Lodge Care Home in Berwick-upon-Tweed are now enjoying weekly high tea sessions, with all the trimmings.

Vanessa Pepper, Home Manager, said: “Everyone enjoys an excuse for a lovely high tea session, after all who doesn’t enjoy a lovely cup of tea, some sandwiches, cake and even a scone and jam. Everyone is welcome to come and join us.”

Are you looking for a care home in Berwick-upon-Tweed? Hillside Lodge Care Home provides support for residential care, dementia care, nursing care, respite care, end of life/palliative care and intermediate care.

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