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Runwood Homes Ltd (Longview)

Runwood Homes specialises in high quality care for older people and those living with dementia. With over 70 residential and nursing homes across England and Northern Ireland; care is at the heart of what we do. Our philosophy is treating all of our residents with dignity and individuality and we provide a dedicated dementia service team who are experienced in dementia care and ensure high standards are maintained across all of our services. Runwood strives to provide care which supports; promotes and does not undermine residentsresident’s self respectself-respect, and that dignified care promotes individuals well beingwellbeing and creates an inclusive friendly environment.

23 May 2018
South East
Local Alliances:
Southend, Castle Point and Rochford District 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?

At Longview  our aim is to ensure our home is friendly, safe and one that is home from home.

We make our friends and family welcome and encourage them to be part of the Longview family, ensuring we put the residents at the heart of all we do.

 As part of our development, we work closely with Runwood homes dementia specialist Kieun Kwon who works closely with all our staff to ensure our activity provision is holistic; person centered and meaningful and ensure greater involvement for residents and their relatives which recognizes the changing physical, spiritual, intellectual, emotional and social needs of each individual in our care. 

We focus on individual person centred care planning where the resident is involved with as much of their care planning as possible.  Care planning also involves relatives and a wide range of health professionals, therapists, specialists and other professionally trained staff. Staff work with GP’s and DIST team staff on the management of challenging behaviours and end of life / palliative care to prevent the need for hospital admissions. 

We have exceptional local links with our local churches, preschool children, Zumba dance group, football teams, choirs.

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

Activities – On occasions some residents living with dementia are reluctant to take part in activities internally or externally in groups or as a one to one.


Life History – On admission families are asked to provide as much information on our residents life history as possible, sometimes this returns incomplete or in parts. 

Member website


2. Actions

  • Understanding of dementia

    To encourage all our staff to become dementia friends and wear their badges

    To provide in house training for staff and families making it a fun and enjoyable while training

    To encourage the local community to come in and join in the Dementia awareness evenings training to learn from each other  

    Delivery, Implementation

    2018 - Second Quarter Update

    New Member 

  • Dementia Activity provision

    Work closely with staff, families and  residents to ensure all activities are person centered, working with individuals

    Encouraging a wide variety of suitable stimulating activities. Including short activities for those who have a limited attention span


    Initial Scoping

    2018 - Second Quarter Update

    New Member Action

  • Families and Residents Evening Dinner Dance

    Residents Families and cares, smart party dress, 4 course meal with wine and dancing to live music

    Plus pamper day to get ready

    Reminisce table centres with conversation starters  

    Initial Scoping

    2018 - Second Quarter Update

    New member update