Helen Baston has recently taken over the helm at Ashcroft Care Home in Hady and is welcoming the local community in for coffee morning to raise awareness and talk about dementia.
Helen, a registered nurse, is passionate about caring for older people, especially those who live with dementia. So when she was asked to manage a home specialising in dementia care, she jumped at the chance.
Helen’s passion has seen changes happen throughout the home to help make a difference to the residents’ everyday lives. Helen said: “We put the health and happiness of residents at the heart of everything we do. Everyone is actively encouraged to contribute to decisions about their home and the care they receive.”
“Residents contribute to everything from the way their rooms look to the therapies they receive and the activities they enjoy. They are currently helping us make changes to the communal rooms. Why not come along to see first-hand the changes made so far. It really is a whole home approach.”
The home is soon to embark on the Four Seasons Health Care Dementia Care Framework. A fundamentally different approach driven by technology and face to face specialised training to give every member of the team a deeper understanding of dementia to help deliver a programme of care based on the individual and their unique needs and wishes.
“We are passionate about providing special experiences to each resident and make sure that everything from environment to our menus and activities are all based around the resident and their own choices and preferences. We really get to know our residents, who they are and what makes them happy. Making a difference to someone’s life is a huge privilege and immensely rewarding.”
If you are affected by dementia in any way and would like to find out more why not drop in to Ashcroft Care Home to their dementia coffee morning on 3rd March 2017 at 1.30pm. For more information call Helen on 01246 204956.
Date published: 15 September 2017
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