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Don Thomson House

Overlooking the fields and countryside, Don Thomson House is located in a quiet residential area of Dovercourt. The home has been a firm fixture of the Harwich community for the last thirty years, first opening the doors in 1989. Many of our residents may have previously been cared for at home by a loved one. We understand how hard it can be to support someone through their dementia journey alone before they move into a care home. Our staff are therefore here to not only provide excellent dementia care, but to help our residents’ relatives when it comes to understanding dementia.

21 December 2020
Local Alliances:
Tendring 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 aim to encourage and support our residents’ families to be part of their dementia journey. Relatives are welcome to visit whenever they like and we support them to be part of life in our care homes. They are often seen joining in with afternoon tea or taking part in activities with us. Sometimes relatives volunteer in the care homes, helping them to spend quality time with their loved ones.

We pride ourselves on seeing a person beyond their journey, finding those details about their life history which make them truly individual. We believe in enriching lives by providing meaningful activities for people with dementia. These include reminiscence therapy as well as sensory activities for adults with dementia.

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

Covid restrictions

2. Actions

  • Environment

    We try to make our environment as dementia friendly as possible with white doors against contrasting wall colours, no rugs or patterned flooring, clear signs with some simple images. 

  • Dementia Training

    93% of our staff have completed Dementia Awareness sessions and this is an ongoing module in staff’s CPD.

  • Person Centred Care

    Our residents are encouraged to have personalised doors with pictures, we actively encourage residents and their families to share the person’s life history and this is documented and used to plan appropriate activities

  • Community Engagement

    We are part of the Age UK ‘Postcards with Kindness’ and Age Concern Colchester & NE Essex’ ‘Project Postcard’ scheme and our resident’s receive communications through the scheme. We are in the process of establishing links with a local school.
  • Herbert Protocol

    If we identify that a resident is at risk of becoming lost when out of the building, we document the clothing that they are wearing each morning in their daily record and will implement the Herbert Protocol. 

  • TDAA

    We will attend and contribute to quarterly TDAA meetings