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Woodlands Gate Rest Home

Woodlands Gate is an exclusive care home for discerning elderly clients who seek something special. Situated in Pedmore, with easy access to Stourbridge town centre and all amenities, the Home is situated in a quiet residential road and has considerable charm and character. The impressive building combines both modern and traditional interiors with an emphasis on stylish design in warm, welcoming rooms, and an excellent standard of accommodation and care. The moment you arrive at Woodlands Gate you will experience a warm welcome and a relaxed, peaceful atmosphere. Our spacious lounges and corridors give the home a light and airy feel, and a sun lounge with garden views is a special feature. Little touches like beautiful vases and flowers, vintage style photographs and artwork adorning the walls, as well as our fantastic staff, make people feel instantly comfortable and at home.

Updated:
23 October 2016
Location:
West Midlands
Sectors:
Care
Local Alliances:
Dudley 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?

Dementia care is changing, and at Woodlands Gate we embrace that change. Our home is specifically tailored to ensure comfort and familiarity to those living with memory loss.

Our staff are provided with on-going opportunities for learning and development to ensure that the care we provide always takes into consideration the latest advice and best practice techniques.

We also believe that every one of our Residents is a unique, special and deserving person. They have the right to have their social, emotional, spiritual, cultural, political and sexual needs accepted and respected. Residents are enabled to achieve their potential capacity – physical, intellectual, emotional and social. They are given support and freedom to realise their personal aspirations and abilities in all respects of daily life.

Care is individualised and based on a person’s life history, whilst also involving and empowering their families. We ensure that a Resident’s current strengths and abilities form the basis of their care, rather than focusing solely on their weaknesses or disabilities.

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

Ensuring all staff have up to date training on dementia;

Enabling people to have access to activities/hobbies/leisure pursuits they have always enjoyed relevant, stimulating and meaningful to their ability to engage;

Encouraging family and friends and staff to be active partners in care;

Meeting the needs of people with dementia at different episodes along their journey, from diagnosis through to end of life;

Ensuring people with dementia are continually empowered and central to all considerations about their life, care environment and support given;

Ensuring people living with dementia do not receive controlling or restrictive care that deprives them of their liberty, choice or personhood.

Member website

www.sclcare.co.uk

2. Actions

  • Ensure home interior is dementia friendly

    We will continually look at ways to improve our environments to be supportive to encourage and promote independence for those living with dementia. When any future refurbishment of the home takes place we will ensure that latest guidance on the required interior for those living with dementia is followed.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2016 - First Quarter Update

    New member

  • Continually improve staff understanding of dementia

    Our manager will arrange for all new staff and volunteers to attend awareness sessions on dementia to ensure greater understanding of the condition and how we can help. Equally we will ensure that all existing staff continue to attend regular refresher training, and are kept abreast of advances in best practice. 

    Status:
    Implementation

    2016 - First Quarter Update

    New member

  • Host dementia awareness sessions

    We will liaise with Dudley 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:
    Implementation

    2016 - First Quarter Update

    New member

  • Have a dementia champion

    The Home has a dementia champion in place who keeps updated on latest guidance relating to dementia and ensures that this is disseminated to all relevant staff. The champion works alongside individual staff members to find solutions and build on good practice, and to identify and implement improvements that enhance the quality of life for our Residents.

    Status:
    Implementation

    2016 - First Quarter Update

    New member

  • Provide dementia literature

    Fact sheets on dementia from the Alzheimer's Society and other useful bodies will be made available in the reception are for Residents, their relatives, friends and visitors

    Status:
    Implementation

    2016 - First Quarter Update

    New member

  • Improve engagement and activities within the home

    The home aims to continue and develop more dementia friendly and focused activities that provide meaningful and relevant stimulation to individual Residents. 

    Status:
    Implementation

    2016 - First Quarter Update

    New member

  • Promoting the development of individual life stories

    We work with individuals and teams to understand the importance of the development of individual’s life stories to become a living story that reflects the persons past, present and future experiences, likes, hopes and wishes.

    Status:
    Implementation

    2016 - First Quarter Update

    New member