There is no singularly effective approach to caring for older people with memory loss, since the way people are affected can vary across time. This calls for a flexible approach to care, day to day, plus a care programme that is centred around the individual person’s needs (and subject to regular review with healthcare professionals and family members).
For those whose condition is progressing, we provide care that maintains their dignity and self respect: encouraging gentle activity and helping to stimulate memories that provide comfort and contentment.
Hydration and nutritionOur homes place great emphasis on maintaining good levels of hydration and nutrition amongst residents that have memory loss. We take time to understand a resident’s food preferences and prompting meal and snack times, and, if required, provide assistance with eating.
Meaningful activityFor residents whose memory loss is less severe, we promote engagement in activity, organised by our dedicated activities coordinator. Current medical thinking concludes that activities and increased purpose in life can slow the progress of dementia – and so we encourage participation in our range of approprate daily activities.