With many of us living longer, it is only natural that the number of older people living with dementia in the UK is also growing. In recognising the increasing need for superior facilities for this group of service users, we have designed our home to provide the most comfortable, supportive, secure and safe environment.
Many small details that actually mean so much to the care and sense of well-being of residents living with dementia have been incorporated into the design of the home.
- Specialist management and care support teams with expertise in mental health issues
- Zero “self-harm” en-suite bathrooms
- Hi definition bathroom sanitary ware to aid recognition and recall
- Large personalised name/photo identification of bedrooms
- Contained and secure gardens and outdoor patio areas
- Wide and spacious public areas that provide “wander ways”
- 24 hour call alarm in every bedroom
The most important aspect of dementia care is that it should first and foremost be personal to the resident. At Drayton Village Care Centre we make sure that, before anything else, we take the time to get to know each resident as an individual – their personal history, lifestyle and personality, defining and directing our care for who they are. We work very closely and value our relationship with each resident’s family in supporting their loved one’s care requirements.
The ability to maintain relationships with family and friends is fundamental to dementia care – our entire dementia care philosophy recognises the importance of making residents’ loved ones feel welcome whenever they visit.
Facts and numbers from Alzheimer’s Society relating to Dementia
- There are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2025. This will soar to 2 million by 2051.
- There are over 40,000 people under 65 lcing with dementia in the UK.
- 225,000 will develop dementia this year, that’s one every three minutes.
- Although little is known about the associated between ethnicity and dementia, it has been found to affect all ethnicities.
- There are an estimated 35.6 million people living with dementia and the numbers affected will double every 20 years, rising to 115.4 million in 2050.
- Another 7.7 million people will develop dementia around the world every year.
- 1 in 6 people over the age of 80 are living with dementia.
- Two thirds of the cost of dementia is paid by people living with dementia and their families.
- Unpaid carers supporting someone living with dementia saves the economy £11 billion a year.
- Dementia is one of the main causes of disability later in life, ahead of cancer, cardiovascular disease and stroke. As a country we spend much less on dementia than on these other conditions.
- There are 670,000 carers of people living with dementia in the UK.
- 70% of people in care homes are either living with dementia or severe memory problems.
- Two thirds of people living with dementia live in the community while one third live in a care home.
- Only 44% of people living with dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland receive a diagnosis.
For more facts and information, you can visit the Alzheimer’s Society website on http://www.alzheimers.org.uk