Clayburn Court Care Home
Anchor is a charity and England’s largest not-for-profit provider of housing and care to older people, serving 40,000 customers across the country. Formed in 1968 as Help the Aged (Oxford) Housing Association, it adopted the name Anchor in 1975 and opened its first care home seven years later. Today, it provides retirement housing to rent and buy, retirement villages and residential care homes, including specialist dementia care, from more than 1,000 locations across England. Clayburn court is a 64-bed care home which will provide 24 hour care and support for older people and people living with dementia. As well as a salon, library, café, craft room and landscaped gardens, residents will benefit from a daily programme of engaging activities and high quality, nourishing cuisine served in the dining rooms and lounges.
- 25 April 2017
- East of England
- Local Alliances:
- Peterborough 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?
Anchor Homes are specialists in dementia care. There are two fundamental aspects to our approach; valuing the individual and providing a safe, specially adapted environment. Through a combination of both we aim to help our residents achieve the best quality of life.
Anchor care homes offer dementia care in specially adapted environments that have a number of features to help residents find their way around and enjoy their home. As a result, we aim to maximise a person's independence and enhance their self-esteem.
We also strive to ensure our services reflect best practice and learning in dementia care. Our staff receive specialst training, education and support from Anchor's dedicated dementia team. They also support families and friends by providing access to infomation and advice.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
Dementia care presents certain challenges and requires much more than simply carrying out a series of practical tasks. At Anchor we see the person as unique, with a rich history, experience, abilities, skills, knowledge, preferences, desires and personality. A person with dementia is just that, a person first. By responding to the individual and supporting what they can do, we look for opportunities to build on their strengths and, where possible, find ways to compensate for the losses brought about by their illness. This approach to care respects the uniqueness of each person, rather than forcusing on the diagnosis of dementia.
Deliver Dementia Friends Training
To continue to support the Dementia Friends programme by our champions providing Dementia Friends sessions to other care homes, providers and professionals within our local community and area.
2015 - Fourth Quarter Update
Dementia Awareness for staff
To have all staff as part of their induction complete dementia awareness training
- Being implemented
Develop relationships and awareness within local community
We aim to develop and maintain good relationships with local health professionals by providing training, seminars and events within the community.
2015 - Fourth Quarter Update
Dementia Friendly cafe
We have recently completely re-furbished our coffee shop into an old style vintage tea room complete with bone china tea cups, chequered table cloths and an old style till. Alongside an old-fashioned sweet shop with paper bags, scoops and scales to measure out sweets.