Ferendune Court care home in Farringdon has officially opened its new dementia friendly floor designed to give older people, especially those living with dementia, greater independence and comfort.

After months of building and decorating work at Anchor’s Ferendune Court in Ash Close, the floor was officially opened on Friday 20th March 2015.

The new floor includes nostalgia corners where carers offer residents one-to-one reminiscence therapy. Areas of the floor are decorated with iconic memorabilia such as a nostalgic music centre and in these themed areas carers and residents talk through their life experiences – memories sparked by the objects and pictures of times gone by

Home Manager Charisma Williams, Anchor’s Operations Director Tim Seal and Mayor of Faringdon David Price welcomed the residents to their newly appointed floor which also incorporates features which help residents to get around independently. 

Features include doors and handrails painted a distinctly different colour from the walls to ensure residents with dementia can easily distinguish between them.  Doors to residents’ rooms will also feature memory boxes containing photos of the residents and pictures of their hobbies so they can recognise it as being their room.

Each suite has a bedroom, a small sitting room, an ensuite shower and hallyway with plenty of storage – a wonderful space which can be made to be a complete ‘home from home’  to capture memories and maintain the familiarity of a place the resident will know

Mealtimes are geared round enabling residents with dementia to eat independently and enjoy the experience. Plates are placed on a contrasting table cloth so residents living with dementia can identify their meal and register they are at the table to eat.

Members of staff at the home have already been given advanced dementia training to become Dignity Champions so they can support families and newer members of the team. Anchor have more Dignity Champions than any other care provider outside of the NHS.

Manager Charisma Williams said: “As the population gets older, more people will be living with dementia so it is vital that we provide an environment designed especially for them at Ferendune Court.

“Our trained staff provide the specialist care enabling older people to enjoy independence and get the best out of life.

“Decorating the unit using distinguishing colours will make their new home a less confusing place where they feel relaxed and at home surrounded by caring staff who have received additional dementia training.”

Find out more about Ferendune Court here.

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