Dorsert care home operator welcomes Alzheimer’s Society report
COLTEN Care, which owns two dedicated dementia homes in Longham and Poole and one in Hampshire, has welcomed a report by the Alzheimer's Society which highlights the importance of dementia awareness when caring for the elderly.
Eighty per cent of people in care homes - almost 30 per cent more than previously thought - either have dementia or severe memory problems according to the new research. This translates to more than 320,000 of the 400,000 residents living in care homes in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The figure is higher than previous estimates because of the rise in the ageing population and improvements in data collection.
June Gallagher, Colten Care's operations manager, said: "The report shows the need for care homes with trained staff who understand the condition. It is only by building greater awareness and understanding that we can engage people on the issue of quality of care. For us, dementia care is about cherishing people's independence and enabling them to maintain that independence and their skills for as long as they can.
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"In all our care homes, we have dedicated carers who promote person-centred care. Our dementia care education programme, developed with and accredited by Bournemouth University, is mandatory for all staff who work in our dementia homes. In addition, every feature of our dementia homes is designed with therapeutic care in mind including themed rooms, memory boxes, signage, pictures and the use of colour and shade. These elements optimise our environments to be as dementia friendly as possible."