Care home introduces range of activities products designed for people living with dementia
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Care home introduces range of activities products designed for people living with dementia

Sunbridge Care Home in Edmonton is introducing a suite of activities products specifically for people living with dementia, which are designed to be enjoyable while helping to keep people interested, engaged and active.

Deepak Luckhun, Home Manager, is offering anyone in the community who has a family member with dementia, or professionals working with people with dementia, to make an appointment to visit the home to see the activities products for themselves.

Sunbridge is run by Four Seasons Health Care, the UK’s largest independent elderly care provider and a leader in dementia care, which is partnering with Active Minds, award-winning specialists in designing activity products for people with dementia. Four Seasons will introduce a full suite of Active Minds activity products into more than 300 of its care homes and will monitor how this improves the day to day experience for people living with dementia. The two organisations also plan to collaborate, bringing together their respective understanding of dementia care, to develop innovative new activity products.

People living with dementia often face additional challenges when it comes to activities. Deterioration of cognitive, dexterity and visual abilities may mean regular activities products such as puzzles and games become too challenging and can cause frustration. The suite of Active Minds products for people with dementia that Four Seasons is introducing into its dementia care homes includes art activities, puzzles and games, reminiscence activities, sensory products and exercise activities.

Sunbridge has achieved accreditation as a specialist Four Seasons Dementia Care Framework home.

Deepak Luckhun said: “With the right support the person with dementia can enjoy a good life experience and the effects of dementia progression may be slowed. That is what our Dementia Care Framework is designed to achieve. Activities can play an important part in giving people a good experience and making them happy, so the Active Minds specialist products are a good fit.”

Four Seasons Health Care’s Dementia Care Framework is a unique step forward in the personalisation of care. It has purpose-designed technology to support care teams to audit each resident’s physical condition, clinical needs, dietary requirements as well as their psychological and emotional condition and their day to day experience, so that care can be adjusted to their changing needs. It is being rolled out to all Four Seasons homes as each one completes the training and accreditation process. Training in the new approach includes a simulated experience of dementia, with the sensory and cognitive impairments, difficulties with communicating, perplexity when performing simple tasks and the emotional effects that may follow. This gives the team at Sunbridge an understanding of the condition and an insight into the perspective of the person living with dementia.

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17 Nov 2017

Copper Beeches Care Home in Rochester has been accredited for a pioneering dementia care approach.

The care team at Copper Beeches Care Home is celebrating being accredited for a radically different approach of care for people living with dementia.

The Dementia Care Framework 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.

The pioneering home is part of Four Seasons Health Care which spent two years developing and testing the new approach. The home hosted a Halloween themed party on Tuesday 31st October 2017 for care commissioners, other health and social care professionals, the local mayor and relatives to introduce the Dementia Care Framework to them.

Martin Murphy, Managing Director for South East England said: “This is next generation dementia care to make life better for the person with dementia and we are excited to offer it. A vital part of the Framework is the bespoke support and training the team throughout the home receives with additional support and training for those, working within our dementia services. This goes beyond the practicalities of caring for someone with dementia and through simulation gives them a deeper understanding of what it is like to live with dementia.”

In addition to the support and training, there are three additional components to the Dementia Care Framework – personal care reviews, Resident and Family Charters.

At the heart of the Dementia Care Framework is a personal care review process which is continuously updated electronically by care staff to give a comprehensive and current picture of each resident.

Thought to be the first of its type worldwide, it is based on 320 recognised standards, including NICE Guidelines (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) and Alzheimer’s Society best practice guidance. It replaces paper-based audits that are slow and almost always behind the changing care needs of the person.

The resident and family charters were developed in consultation with residents, family members, health and social care professionals and care teams, taking account of over 400 comments.

The resident charter sets out their rights, the standards of care they can expect and commitment to provide for their personal needs and preferences.

The family charter, sets out the support that they can expect to receive and how they can input to planning their relative’s care.

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.

To find out more about this fundamentally different approach to dementia care please visit or email


17 Nov 2017

The team from Bangor Care Home in Bangor along with The Quality Improvement Team of the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust (SEHSCT) won at the SEHSCT Chairman’s awards 2017.

They won in the ‘Ensuring Safety, Improving Quality and Test Category’ which recognised the efforts of both teams in improving meal times for residents in the home, minimising choking risks for those who have dysphagia.

Mauro Magbitang, Home Manager, said: “My team do me proud every day in providing an excellent homely quality of life for the residents and safe and enjoyable meal times for them. I am very honoured that the home was nominated and won. It’s a rare occasion that the Trust award is given to a private sector and the project , well done everyone!”

Are you looking for a care home in Bangor? Bangor Care Home provides support for dementia care, nursing care and specialist care.


17 Nov 2017

Residents from Harrogate Lodge Care Home in Leeds met up with children from local nursery ‘Best Child Nursery’ for a lovely morning of fun and games.

Alana Irvine, Intermediate Care Services Director, said: “It was great to see children from the local community visiting our residents and building friendships. The visit was a great success and is now a weekly event.”

The residents were from the home’s dementia unit and intermediate care unit. Shannon Berry, Unit Manager, said: “Our residents really enjoyed the children singing and the children loved listening to the stories the residents told them. It’s nice to see the generational gap being bridged and both parties extremely happy.”

Are you looking for a care home in Leeds? Harrogate Lodge Care Home provides support for dementia care, nursing care, respite care and end of life/palliative care.


16 Nov 2017

Four Seasons Health Care were finalists in nine categories at this year’s LaingBuisson Awards, and at the awards ceremony on Wednesday 15th November, the organisation was awarded with a well-deserved award.

The LaingBuisson Awards recognise and celebrate industry excellence and innovative services in the public, private and third sectors.

Four Seasons Health Care scooped the award in the ‘Nursing Practice’ category in recognition of the innovative approach to the advancement of nursing knowledge and nursing education within the care home sector.

Our Care Home Nursing Journal (CNJ) along with our individual Nursing Twitter channel (@FSHCNurses) won plaudits with the judges for being totally unique within the care sector.

Furthermore, there was a recognition of the achievements of the front-line nurses who have written articles, presented at conferences, won scholarships and been finalists at numerous nursing awards in the past 12 months. Again, these achievements are unique within the care sector.

Joanne Strain, Head of Nursing, said: “This is a terrific result for Four Seasons Health Care and real recognition of our growing influence amongst care home nurses in the UK. This is only the start of our journey and I want to dedicate this award to all our tremendous nurses across the FSHC family”.

Carol Cousins, Northern Ireland Managing Director, also commented on the award success. She said: “This award is recognition for inspirational nurse leaders in creating the first clinical nursing journal in the independent care home sector – well done to all involved”.

While CNJ editorial board member, and Clinical Lead Nurse of Cameron House Care Home in Bury, Craig Priestley stated: “I’m so proud we won – the CNJ is one of the best learning resources we have for Four Seasons Nurses. It has shaped and improved nursing practice and helped to improve quality of life – well done to all involved in its production!”

If you’d like to take a look at the award winning journal, it’s available on the Four Seasons website in the publications area.

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