Poole specialist dementia home celebrates ‘dedicated decade’ of care
AN award-winning Poole care home has celebrated its tenth anniversary with an afternoon garden party for residents.
The Mayor of Poole, Councillor Philip Eades, was guest of honour as The Aldbury in Parkstone marked a decade of dedicated dementia care in the community.
The home, owned and run by Colten Care, employs more than 90 team members and provides specialist dementia care services to residents in small house groups.
Party guests, including residents, visitors and volunteers, gathered in the home’s gardens which were recently transformed in line with the latest design principles for people living with dementia.
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In a speech, Councillor Eades congratulated all at The Aldbury for the past ten years of care and wished them well for the next decade. “We fully recognise the important and inspiring role this dedicated dementia care home plays in our community,” he said.
In 2004, just after it opened, the home won a prestigious Pinders healthcare design award and has since become an officially-recognised practice development unit for dementia care.
The garden layout includes memory-stimulating features such as a stationary taxi cab for reminiscing about past journeys, while residents can enjoy the gentle, fresh-air activities of tending vegetables and potting plants.
As well as clear waymark signs, there is a network of looping paths with no dead ends, an approach seen as effective against the agitation people with dementia sometimes exhibit.
Home Manager Denise Arthur-Briskham said: “We are a friendly home with caring staff dedicated to helping residents live in an environment that is as close to their own homes as possible. The party was a chance to say thank you to everyone involved in The Aldbury and to have a lovely afternoon together.”