The purpose built dementia unit opened in 2012 to offer those suffering with dementia a high quality environment. A lot of thought and research went into the design of the building to ensure it has a friendly family feel. Each of the two units caters for 10 people and is staffed with two members of staff during the day and one at night. There is an emphasis on activities and the high staffing ratio allows carers plenty of time to spend with the residents. As a modern building the dementia unit has all the latest features and technology. Some of which are listed below:
Underfloor heating – This removes the risk and obstacle of having a bulky radiator in the room and ensures an even distribution of the desired temperature in the room.
Wet floor shower rooms – These make showering much easier as there are no steps to navigate and they offer far more space than a traditional enclosed shower.
Built in wardrobes – These offer plenty of storage for clothes and other items.
Low profile beds – These reduce the risk of falling out of bed as they can be lowered to sit virtually on the floor.
Advanced nurse call system – The system we installed has both PIR in room sensors and door sensors, so if for example a resident is at risk from wandering at night the staff are alerted and can ensure that no harm occurs.
Wall mounted TV’s – Each bedroom has a wall mounted 32” LED TV which can be viewed from bed or in a chair.
Telephone and data points – Each bedroom has its own telephone extension which allows residents to take calls in the privacy of their own room. There is also a high speed data point if the resident wishes to access the internet.
Fire sprinkler system – All rooms in the dementia unit have an automatic sprinkler system. In the event of a fire this would concentrate a huge volume of water to a specific area. There is also step free access on both floors in the event of an evacuation.
Large rooms – All bedrooms are well in excess of the national minimum standards, this ensures rooms are not cluttered and there is adequate seating for visitors and family.
Sensory garden – Outside we have a secure sensory garden area with raised flower beds which residents can tend to. The outdoor space has been designed to replicate an old street scene so it has an old red telephone box fitted out with A/B button telephone and old fashioned lamp street lights. There is also tables and chairs so that residents can sit outside on nice days.
Trained staff – All permanent staff in the dementia unit have or are in the process of undergoing dementia training and medication training. Additionally for use of all residents in the home there is:
- A large screen cinema room
- A Hairdressing salon
- Assisted bathrooms
- Home cooked meals using high quality local produce
- Full time laundry staff
- Wheelchair access vehicles
- 13 person hydraulic lift
- Secure keypad access to the building
- Back-up generator in case of power cuts
- Regular activities and resident concerts