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Sunrise Senior Living of Bassett

Sunrise Senior Living delivers resident-centred residential care, assisted living, nursing and dementia care services. Each member of our team is trained to high standards of professionalism, in line with our principles of service. Our aim is to encourage independence, preserve dignity, enable freedom of choice and protect the privacy of each resident. This approach grows out of our mission: to champion quality of life for all seniors.

21 April 2017
South East
Local Alliances:
Dementia Friendly Southampton (Southampton DAA)

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?

At Sunrise we have 6 principles of service that we live by every day

Preserving dignity - we take time to understand each resident and if they have challenging behaviours we try to get to the root of the problem and put plans in place to help them avoid this in future.Celebrating individuality - every resident with dementia has a memory box that contains photos, hobbies and things they enjoy. Every day we go through this and talk about their memories.Encourage independence - we fully support each resident to make whatever decisions they wish to make themselves, from clothing and food choices to activities and trips.Nurturing the spirit - we have a very varied activities programme designed to involve and stimulate our residents, with Singing for the Brain, games and puzzles.Enabling freedom of choice - our residents with dementia are free to choose where they go within the community, the activities they want to do and who they want to talk to. We encourage them to make as many of their own decisions as possible.Involving family and friends - we involve others in as many events and activities as possible and we discuss each resident with their families on a monthly basis.

As well as these principles of service that are company wide, at Sunrise of Bassett we are encouraging all of our staff to become Dementia Friends by attending on of the monthly information sessions held by our Dementia Champion.

Our Dementia Champion has also signed up to make Bassett a Dementia Friendly Community and is working to raise awareness within our community of dementia and what people can do to support people living with dementia and their carers.

We have refurbished our Reminiscence Neighbourhood, which is our dementia area, to take into account the latest developments in research, such as colour schemes and decor.

We have introduced life stations to stimulate conversations and memories with our residents and have regular sessions where we use scent and sound kits to aid discussion.

We have a weekly Memory Cafe this is free and open to all, to support people living with dementia, their carers, families and friends.

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

The challenges for us are making sure that all of our staff in our Assisted Living Neighbourhood are fully aware of dementia and the challenges for both residents and the wider community.

Also to get the message out to the wider community about what they can do to help and support people living with dementia and their carers.

2. Actions

  • Ensure all of our staff are Dementia Friends and are able to support people living with dementia

    Our Dementia Champion will continue to do one Dementia Friends Information Session per month at work, to ensure that all of the staff are Dementia Friends.

    It is also being added as part of the Induction Programme for new team members.

  • Raise awareness within the local community through networking and support

    Our Dementia Champion is currently signed up to make Bassett a Dementia Friendly Community and is raising awareness in local businesses by delivering Dementia Friend sessions and encouraging them to become dementia friendly businesses and create their own actions.

  • Hold a monthly event to raise awareness of dementia in our community

    This will be things such as a charity tea party to raise funds for Alzheimer's UK, a stall at West Quay during Dementia Awareness week, talks to local churches and libraries about dementia, work with local befriending charities who deal with people living with dementia and their carers and families and our weekly Memory Cafe.