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Oakdale Care Group

Oakdale Care Group are a small luxury residential care home group operating in four locations currently, two of which are in Northamptonshire. We look after residents who are living with dementia and those with regular care support needs too.

2 October 2019
East Midlands
Care, Social Care
Local Alliances:
Northamptonshire 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?

The Oakdale approach is to provide high quality care through a commitment to the core values of respect, openness and responsibility, putting the resident at the heart of everything we do.  The Oakdale team will strive to preserve and promote these core values through passion, hard work and a commitment to enhancing the wellbeing of every single individual.  We work closely with residents, their families and other professionals to provide a total package of care tailored to individual wishes and needs.  Central to this is the dedication to ensuring that not only do we understand the unique life history of each and every person that lives with us, but we also know what matters to them now and their wishes for the future.  Interaction and companionship will be promoted every day in our homes and residents will be able to enjoy life, knowing their voice will always be heard and relationships from inside or outside the home nurtured.  Family time will be encouraged with the home's open door policy for visiting by relatives and friends.  We know that making loved ones feel at ease in an Oakdale home further preserves and promotes attachment with the residents.  All Oakdale staff will contribute daily to the care and dignity of our residents.  

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

Our approach ensures all staff within the home will be trained and competent to work with people who have memory loss and dementia.  This includes specialist dementia training during a staff member's induction phase but also with all staff becoming Dementia Friends.  Our Chefs will understand the special dietary and nutritional needs of people with dementia and create innovative menus and serving methods. Our dedicated Lifestyle Managers will tailor home life to be engaging, interative and enjoyable.  Activity plans will always be created with participation  by the residents for the residents.  Not only are our purpose-built luxury homes expertly designed and built around residential and dementia care, expert touches include 'line of sight' architecture, which makes it easy for residents to get around and reassurance that staff can easily see residents and are always at hand.  At Oakdale we know that the Home Manager is integral to the success of each home and we ensure staff are motivated and the ulture is one of openness and respect for everyone, whether they live or work here.

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