Streets Meadow is a Dorset County Council Care Home which provides twenty four hour care for sixty elderly residents. Streets Meadow is at the heart of the Wimborne community, established in 1969 and rebuilt in 2006. Thirty residents have a diagnosis of a dementia and need specialist care to enable them to have good quality of life. We provide support for the families, carers and links with various schools, organisations and businesses in the community. Although many of the residents may suffer from dementia, they are engaged in various activities in the home and surrounding community.
- 3 February 2014
- South West
- Local Alliances:
- Wimborne Dementia Friendly Community
1. Action Plan
1. The National Dementia Declaration lists a number of outcomes that we 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?
The intention of this question is to allow you to describe your role in delivering the outcomes described for people with dementia and their carers. Your response could include a national and local role. Consider the role you have in influencing and supporting the work of other organisations as well as the projects you deliver.
The experienced team and training programme at Streets Meadow ensures that we have Dignity Champions and staff trained in delivering specialist dementia and End Of life care to our residents.
We have a Beacon Award in Gold Standard Framework. (GSF is a framework that enables our team, together with other professionals, to provide the highest standard of care possible and is recognised throughout the U.K.)
We provide a secure base of enjoyable experiences with sufficient choices and challenges to enable residents to maintain their level of independence. This includes providing person centred care with dignity and respect at all times within an environment where a resident’s own spiritual needs and religious beliefs are valued, accepted, encouraged and catered for.
The principle embedded in the Home is not to isolate the elderly residents when they suffer from a dementia disease but to make sure that they live an enhanced and fulfilled life.
We are committed to delivering high quality, person centred, holistic care and activities for the people living at Streets Meadow.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
This question is to allow you to set out some of the key challenges to delivering for people with dementia from your organisation’s perspective. For example, a Royal College might say the key challenge for its members is understanding dementia. A training body might say that there is no agreement on what core curricula should be.
Please write your answer to question 2 here (word limit of 150 words):
The challenges to delivering these outcomes are
- Overcoming prejudice and fear i.e. of friends and families.
- Updating person centred care plans.
- Budget constraints.
- Communication between professionals, families and care staff.
- Maintaining Community links.
To understand Dementia and to develop a skilled workforce to care for these people in an appropriate and professional manner.
Action Description: To enable the residents who suffer with Dementia to live a fulfilling life to the end.
Status: Implementation of various training courses.
Related Topic: NCFE Certificaton for Dementia awareness learning. Nutrition for residents suffering from Dementia . Inclusion. End of Life – Gold Standards Framework. Dignity in Dementia.
To enable people living with Dementia to make informed decisions about the management of their care and to enable them to make choices about how they live their lives.
Action Description: By providing Person Centred Care with personalised Care Plans that reflect their individual preferences and diverse needs.
Status: Life history. Inclusion of next of kin. Opportunities to become involved in the local community.
Related Topic: Person Centred Care. Dementia awareness in local schools.
- Implementation, Delivery
Design, layout and security of the premises.
Action Description: The premises to meet the needs of the residents with Dementia. Promoting their independence, dignity and wellbeing. Streets Meadow has a secure sensory garden and a sensory room.
Status: Implementation and delivery.
Related Topic: Assistive technology. Quality standards. Working with Bournemouth University.