The decision to move into a care home – or to help a relative make that decision – is seldom easy. Facilities, skills and environment are hugely influential factors in your decision, and they are never more important than when the person’s life is already being changed by dementia.
Wellcross Grange Nursing Home cares for residents with a range of nursing needs, including dementia. Dementia is not a natural part of getting older; it’s a term covering a number of conditions which progressively affect the brain, including Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, Lewy Body dementia and frontotemporal dementia. Our entire ethos centres around forming supportive, trusting relationships with our residents, and we ensure our nurses and carers receive up-to-date dementia care training.
We take the time to properly get to know everyone who comes to live with us. It’s one of the advantages of being a smaller, family-run care home; by exploring each resident’s life and personality, we’re better equipped to help them live the way they want to live. Stimulation, enjoyment and fulfilment are all perfectly possible when living with dementia. Yet this requires the right environment and the right level of support.
Feelings of stress, anxiety and disorientation are common with dementia. Our home is designed to counter these emotions by being homely, well-lit, and decorated in a way which makes it easy to find your way around. Familiarity is absolutely fundamental to reducing confusion; our size, our staff and the welcoming feel we’ve created help our residents feel secure and positive.
As part of getting to know each resident, we explore their likes and dislikes, so we can design activities which they enjoy. Our beautiful gardens provide a calm, comforting safe space, where residents can remain connected with nature.
Genes and dementia
This Alzheimer’s Research UK booklet is for anyone who wants to know more about the link between genes and dementia. This includes people living with dementia, their carers, friends and families.
Dementia diagnosis and management
This document was brought together with the aim of supporting GPs to identify and appropriately manage dementia patients in the primary care environment. As such it is an interesting resource for those wishing to understand dementia diagnosis and management in the UK.
Living well after diagnosis
This is quite a comprehensive guide put together by the Alzheimer’s Society. It is most useful for those with an early diagnosis.
- “I arrived in a poor condition with the hospital having written me off, telling my daughter I'd never walk again. The care and medical support I've received is excellent and I now happily move around the home and outdoors unaided and with one walking stick. I highly recommend Woodlands to all”CA, Resident