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Woodland Grove part of Oakland Care

Woodland Grove Care Home, in Loughton, Essex offers 72 private ensuite rooms across three floors in a traditional and elegant style. With state-of-the-art features and facilities, we provide the very best care for those who are staying with us at Woodland Grove. Our dedicated team of highly trained staff provide high-quality care in a safe, comfortable and homely environment. Our tailor-made, bespoke care plans acknowledge each resident’s personal needs and requirements. Our facilities are amongst the best of the care homes in Loughton, offering a varied and diverse range of activities for a meaningful and purposeful stay with us at Woodland Grove Care Home.

24 February 2021
East of England
Local Alliances:
Epping Forest Dementia Action Alliance (EFDAA)

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?

All residents are looked after with a person-based response.  We support the family and friends of our residents by involving the community at every opportunity to enhance the support we provide them daily.  Our lifestyles team adapt activities to the needs and enjoyment of our residents living with dementia by keeping them involved and focusing on activities that provide them with stimulation, fun and capable involvement.

All staff are required to maintain mandatory training which focuses on looking after our residents of varying needs.  We support the Alzheimer’s Society with charitable events which residents are encouraged to take part.  When required an MCA assessment would be undertaken to ensure decisions are made in the residents’ best interests.

We are committed to supporting our residents living with dementia and also their relatives.  The home offers a safe, bright and interesting environment to stimulate awareness.  We embrace the emotional and cultural needs of our residents.

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

The main challenges we encounter are the physical and mental changes of our residents and the daily struggles they face with interaction.  Relatives are often quite upset by these changes but we try to work openly with them to relieve any anxiety they face.  We continue to develop “My Life Story” booklets which help with reminiscence and understanding.

2. Actions

  • Offering an entire floor of the home providing specialist care for those living with dementia

    Snowdrop is our memory floor which provides specialist, high level care to residents.  We continue to develop our interactive shopping/post office corner where residents can have touch stimulation and reminiscence.

    Music is streamed through the corridors for enjoyment and focus.

  • Providing a safe and quiet space with a nature theme

    Our garden room provides a quiet area to sit and have supervised planting, maintenance of flowers/plants and pictured reading materials.  Its bright and colourful and has garden furniture to compliment the room.

  • Offering Dementia Friends Information Sessions to staff and family

    We will be scheduling a Dementia Friends Information Session for staff and family members the week beginning 17/5/2021 coinciding with Dementia Action Week. 

  • Exposing residents to new life with the delivery of chicks and to nurture them as they grow

    Week beginning 22nd February 2021 we have our introduction to Spring with the delivery of incubators with chick eggs.  All residents will have the opportunity to follow their progress and nurture them as they hatch.  The incubator will be in our garden room.

  • Focus on reminiscence

    We are looking to expand our reminiscence this year (2021) with a project of an old-fashioned dolls house.  This will be built and decorated using memories of our residents and then used as a reminiscence activity when complete.

  • Plans to open a Memory Café

    We will be introducing a Memory Café in conjunction with our two other local homes in Chigwell and Enfield hopefully this year (2021) should government restrictions allow.