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Abbeyfield Tamar House Care Home

We will support you in making your own decisions about how you want to live your life. We recognise the importance of maintaining relationships with family and friends. We support residents in pursuing hobbies and interests by offering a variety of activities from in house entertainment to regular outings. Tamar House is located on the outskirts of Plymouth and accommodates 28 residents in 24 single rooms (24 En-suite). It is purpose built and has a lovely garden, with great facilities and room for family or friends to stay overnight. Residents may bring their own furniture, and it may be possible to bring a pet .

8 October 2019
Local Alliances:
Plymouth Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

We have now had planning permission to build an extension wing which will be Dementia Registered. This will help with the high demand within the community. We are hoping this will prevent emergency admissions to our local hospital and we can support individuals when in crisis.

We are where possible, involving different professionals to ensure we are looking at all areas to keep individuals safe within the new build. At present we have a focus on working more closely with other organizations to help bring the community together.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

Not all staff have a great understanding of Dementia and a gap has been identified in relation to how you care for an individual with Dementia.  With building an extension and providing day care to individuals we need to ensure all staff are Dementia trained.

We need to encourage and support our carers with driving the service forward to ensure we meet a very high standard.

We currently have an action plan in place and are working towards ensuring we continuously improve the quality of life an individual has when coming to stay at Tamar House.

Abbeyfield Tamar House is still a home a lot of people have not heard of so we are also focusing on promoting and advertising the business within the city of Plymouth.

2. Actions

  • More Dementia Awareness Sessions

    Relatives to be offered more dementia awareness sessions. We have recently completed Dementia Awareness sessions with staff and relatives but would like to complete more.

    We feel the relative's knowledge is crucial to understand the service we provide.

  • Environmental Audit

    To complete the Environmental Audit with Claire Puckey (Dementia Friendly City Co-ordinator, Plymouth City Council) which will allow us to identity areas to develop.

    Our aim is to look at how we can make our home more Dementia Friendly by using the King's Fund 'How Dementia Friendly Is Your Care Home?' Assessment Tool.

    Planning, Implementation
  • All staff to complete the Virtual Dementia Tour Bus experience.

    For the Virtual Dementia bus to come to Tamar House for all staff to gain an understanding of how it feels to live with Dementia.

    To gain an understanding of what the residents feel like living in a care home.

    To understand how the residents feel when they experience sensory impairments.

    Delivery, Implementation