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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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