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The Fountains Care Centre

The Fountains Care Centre provides care for elderly under four categories of care :general residential and nursing , also dementia residential and nursing .Respite, day care , night care and permanent care are all available .Short breaks are ideal to give informal and family carers a break.

12 June 2014
North West
Local Alliances:
Salford 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?

The Fountains provides both residential and nursing dementia care. Evidence and research has shown the positive impact environment plays in supporting those with dementia .To this end the environment in these areas has been sensitively designed and decorated to be as dementia friendly as possible. This is an ongoing initiative. 

All staff who interact with those with dementia have been trained in understanding dementia .All are chosen to work in this area providing  they have a genuine interest in dementia. Carers are classed as “dementia care specialists”. Each unit is led by a dementia champion who ensures the best possible person centred care is provided .The resident’s day is tailored to achieve the maximum potential each person is capable of irrespective of their level of dementia. 

Training is aligned with the Alzheimer’s society who provide accreditation following dementia training. Dementia care support plans are in place and regularly updated .This combined with undertaking life history work enables each resident to achieve their full potential. 

Regular social events and relative association meetings provides an  opportunity for supporting relatives. 

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

Looking after service users with little or no information regarding

Previous life history, likes, dislikes, family, jobs,etc they have held. Encouraging families to provide this information where they believe this is an invasion of privacy into the past .

 Providing the time and funding to deliver training and continued support to employees.

Ensuring training is up to date and provided to a high standard encompassing current thoughts and developments in Dementia care.

 The true cost of providing care for people with Dementia and training to enable staff to achieve this.

 Overcoming stigma and outdated attitudes towards those with dementia .Also overcoming outdated “task orientated” care practices in favour of much better and newer “person centred care”.

2. Actions

  • Proactively work with families and training organisations utilising best practice endorsed by the Alzheimer’s society, Dementia UK and other leading bodies.

    Proactively work with families  and training organisations utilising best practice endorsed by the Alzheimer’s society, Dementia UK and other leading bodies.

  • Raise awareness of the work undertaken at The Fountains to overcome stigma associated with dementia.

    By holding health awareness days and regular events to encourage families , professionals and the community to engage with the Care Centre and fully understand and appreciate the work undertaken. This will also enable the positive side of dementia care to be seen.

  • Engage with purchasers to raise their implications of the true cost of good care

    Work closely with the purchasers to convey the true costs incurred in providing good dementia training and a committed workforce .By achieving an increase in funding it becomes achievable to source extra care staff who can then provide more time with the service users.  Be transparent in disclosing the costs of good care.