What is dementia care?
In our care homes that provide dementia care, our care teams are available 24-hours a day. They provide personal and social care whilst also delivering support that offers comfort and positive engagement for people living with dementia.
People who live with dementia may also need the regular care of a nurse due to other medical conditions or the symptoms of dementia.
RCH Care Homes’ approach to dementia care
Our dementia strategy, ‘By Your Side’, supports our teams to deliver consistently high-quality dementia care to all of our residents living with dementia.
Through our partnership with a national and international centre of excellence — the Association for Dementia Studies (ADS) based at the University of Worcester — we are working with dementia expert Professor Dawn Brooker and her team to ensure our approach to dementia care is underpinned by evidence-based knowledge and research.
We developed “By Your Side” with four key areas of focus that are all being supported through the partnership:
We are educating our teams in the latest research and approaches in dementia care. This will equip them with the expert skills and knowledge they need to provide high-quality care for our residents living with dementia.
The mealtime experience
Mealtimes are some of the highlights of the day. This key area spans the whole dining experience; from the preparation of home-cooked meals, how they are presented to encourage people to eat and enjoy them, right through to our dining areas and the creation of an environment that supports an enjoyable mealtime experience.
Activities and meaningful engagement
This area focuses not only on activities that are designed specifically for people living with dementia to enjoy but also focuses on enabling people to retain hobbies and pastimes that they enjoyed in the recent past. Meaningful engagement is about creating opportunities where residents are able to live in the moment, be fully engaged in what they’re doing and be content; everyone wants to have a meaning to their day, and people living with dementia are no different.
Our home environments
We are conscious that people’s reality can be very different when they are living with dementia, so this part of our strategy focuses on our actual home environments. From the contrast in colours and patterns on fabrics and walls to lighting and signage — everything that makes up our residents’ living environment comes under the spotlight to ensure we create homes which support their condition.
What happens next?
We understand you might be unsure about what to do next, uncertain about your options and where to go from here. The care sector can be confusing to navigate and, combined with a wide range of different emotions and pressure to find a solution, it can be difficult to know where to turn.
This is why we pride ourselves on being there to provide help and support to residents as well as their families, friends, and advocates.
Contact a member of our team at your local care home, which you can find details about on our search here. We can have a chat about your personal circumstances and give you more information about our high-quality dementia care and our upcoming events which we run to support the family and friends of someone living with dementia.
We’re here to help.