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Ashcroft Care Home (Anchor)

Anchor is the largest not-for-profit care provider in England and has more than 40 years' experience of working with older people. Working with almost 40,000 older people each week, we aim to provide the best care and residential care homes in the UK. Our 10,000 staff are dedicated to improving the lives of older people. Ashcroft Care Home is a purpose built home with a modern extension set in a quiet location within its own secure grounds. It is close to local amenities and has excellent bus routes to Bradford and Leeds. We provide residential and specialised dementia care for 57 older people and cater for varying health needs.

Updated:
31 July 2015
Location:
Yorkshire and Humber
Local Alliances:
Bradford District Dementia Action Alliance, Yorkshire & Humber 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?

Ashcroft Care Home is a purpose built home with a modern extension set in a quiet location within its own secure grounds.  It is close to local amenities and has excellent bus routes to Bradford and Leeds.  We provide residential and specialised dementia care for 57 older people and cater for varying health needs.          

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

Provision of up to date information about support available;

Public and professional awareness of dementia;

Time and budget constraints

Lack of attendance at family and friends training sessions.

Public perception of care homes and their services.

Member website

www.anchor.org.uk

2. Actions

  • Improve our understanding of Dementia

     

    Description: Our manager will arrange for all staff and volunteers to attend awareness sessions on dementia to ensure greater understanding of the condition and how we can help

    Status:
    Planning

    2014 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New Member

  • Become a more integrated part of the local community

     Attend meetings, coffee mornings etc and support local community groups and services. Promote and educate about the excellent standard of dementia residential care available, both at Ashcroft and from other providers.  Remove barriers and misconceptions about care homes.

     

    Status:
    Initial Scoping

    2015 - Second Quarter Update

    New Member

  • All staff to attend Anchor Inspires training session

    The home manager to arrange internal dementia care and awareness training for all employees.

    Status:
    Planning

    2014 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New Member

  • Ensure home interior is dementia friendly

    When phase two of the refurbishment of the home takes place ensure that all Anchors guidance on the required interior for those living with dementia is followe (eg colour schemes, fabric designs, flooring).  All signage to be clear and appropriate.

     

    Status:
    Initial Scoping

    2014 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New Member

  • Create a new outdoor sensory garden

    Outside garden area to be reviewed, with the aim being the creation of a sensory garden for use by all residents at the home.  Volunteers will be encouraged to work with us on this project, which will also hopefully help increase their understanding and awareness of dementia.

    Status:
    Initial Scoping

    2014 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New Member

  • Dementia Awareness Sessions

    Liaise with Bradford Alzheimer’s Society to provide occasional information sessions for residents’ family members and friends to help them understand the possible symptoms of dementia and how person-centred care will still be delivered in the home for those living with dementia.

    Status:
    Planning

    2014 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New Member