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Woodlands Lodge

We are a 54 bed residential care home providing 24hr care and support. We are an independent company and only have this home.

10 January 2019
Yorkshire and Humber
Care, Social Care
Local Alliances:
Barnsley 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?

We will be ensuring that all staff have specialised training in Dementia. This will enable them to have a greater understanding thus enabling them to deliver the highest standard of care possible. We work closely with the Alzheimers Society and receive updated guidance and information from the society. This will be-able for all residents, staff and families. We will promote independence and encourage residents/families to maintain good relationships. We will be creating an environment that is stimulating and Dementia Friendly.

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

Challenges: Staff "putting training in to action" and taking "on-board" the information given to them. Some staff have already undertaken training, but still do not appear to have a good understanding. 

Funding to create a more "Dementai Friendly" environment.

2. Actions

  • Dementia Friendly Environment

    New signage is required for around the home. Many of our residents get dis-orientated. Signage would promote their independence. It would promote and increase their positivity and self-esteem, dignity and respect.

  • Dementia Friendly Environment

    We have a 9 bed EMI unit. This is currently bland and non-stimulating. The dining room and lounge are in desperate need of re-furbishment. Discussed with residents, and they would like a "Vintage Tea Room" themed dining room. this will be created. A discussion needs to take place with the residents, once this has been completed, on the re-decoration of the lounge/corridors.
  • Training

    To continue to arrange specialist training. Also to seek further information, which will be available for all staff, residents and family/friends. To arrange a "Support Group" for family/friends, so they are able to share experiences and obtain any relevant information.