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GHS Care Brookdale Care Home

Brookdale care home cares for 58 residents with dementia, at various points in their journey. We have a 34 bedded residential unit that support early on set dementia clients and a 24 bed purpose built Dementia unit that supports clients as they progress on through their journey through what can be the most difficult and challenging times At Brookdale we believe people can live their lives with dementia having a fulfilling and active life style. We support them when out in the community and care for them when in the home. Brookdale wants to show the community how this condition does not have to take away a person’s life, but how in the right environments and with the correct support life goes on for people with dementia. Our staff are highly trained to deliver care that is personalised to the client and tailored to meet their needs.

7 October 2015
North West
Local Alliances:
Bury 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 seven outcomes cover many aspects of daily living in our home, e.g. the right of choice and control,  the freedom to walk,  talk,  eat and sleep at your leisure is a massive part of our care and support within the home. Our core training is based around these areas and , staff support people in a way that would once have been seen as out of the ordinary normal way of delivering care and un orthodox - in our home we see this it is seen as allowing the person to live their life. Our aim is to show that there are new ways of delivering this care, which ultimately will give people in our care a more fulfilling life without the label of a dementia client.

In our home we can support clients in this way and what we now want to do is extend this to the outside world. Make making people understand that we no longer want people with dementia to be cared for behind closed doors.

Our aim is to:

  1. Work with local businesses in our area to become more dementia friendly
  2. Have all our staff dementia friends and also extend this to our visiting families
  3. Three dementia champions with in the home
  4. Make our local community more dementia aware and to cascade this nationwide wherever we can.
  5. Open our home to become a dementia café

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

For us there are no challenges we are only interested in success, the home, staff and company are fully behind making any changes that support our clients and the DAA

2. Actions

  • Work with local businesses in our area to become more dementia friendly

    We are hoping to work with local businesses in our immediate area to make them more dementia aware for our clients. This could be access – patience – recognising and supporting people with dementia.

    The manager at Brookdale is now a dementia champion we are hoping could include more detail - such as will offer to deliver dementia friends sessions to raise awareness, while or collaborative working on the dementia café etc. this will be open to the public also anyone who would like to know more about dementia friends and DAA in the local area

    Delivery, Planning
  • Have all our staff dementia friends also extending this to our visiting families

    We have already begun in this area,  we have a number of staff who are now dementia friends and the manager has undergone the Champions training dementia awareness in Liverpool and is now a dementia champion who can deliver dementia friends sessions.

  • Open our home to become a dementia café

    We are hosting have already booked in for the next dementia action alliance meeting at the home so a start has been achieved,  we now look to furthering this by opening our own dementia café

    The café will be bi-Monthly, we hope to open this to established groups in the area and ultimately to the public.

    Brookdale views Dementia as a journey any one of us could be on in the future and not a condition with a label. The person is always with us they live life in their world with our support, activities and outings play an essential part in our daily living

    Bringing the outside environment and the care home environment together is part of our action plan, to do this Brookdale wants to show the way forward breaking down barriers that have held Dementia in the last century and moving forward into a more aware society that give friendship and support for people who have this condition.

    Planning, Implementation