A painting session

Anchor are specialists in dementia care and recognise a person with dementia is, first and foremost, a person – unique and with a rich history of experiences, abilities, skills, knowledge, preferences, desires and personality.

The term “dementia” is used to describe the symptoms that occur when the brain is affected by specific diseases and conditions. Symptoms include loss of memory, confusion, problems with speech and understanding and differ from person to person. Find out more about dementia.

All of Anchor’s residential care homes have a dedicated dementia specialist and carers specially trained to provide tailored dementia care that enhances quality of life.

Responding to individual dementia care needs

Woman knitting with a carerWe care for residents living with dementia as individuals. By responding to the individual and supporting what they can do with a personalised care plan, we look for opportunities to build on their strengths and abilities to find ways to compensate for losses brought about by dementia. Our approach to dementia care respects the uniqueness of each person rather than focusing on the diagnosis of dementia.

We use the customer’s life story to build a picture of their preferences, lifestyle, history, family, likes and dislikes. Our carers are trained in completing detailed care plans with the help of residents, their family and friends. These plans are used daily and help to maintain the identity and dignity of the person as the dementia progresses, providing important information, such as how they like their cup of tea. Life story supports the person in expressing themselves by talking about their lives and experiences. For those providing care and support, it enables them to see the person rather than the symptoms of the illness and to tailor meaningful activities and daily life accordingly.

We also understand that the activities people carry out in their free time are often the things that they most look forward to and enjoy.
Watch the video below of our 80-strong choir performing at the Surrey Dementia Conference to get a sense of the diverse activities our residents can participate in:

Safe and supportive dementia friendly environments

Dementia care presents specific challenges and requires much more than simply carrying out a series of practical tasks. Anchor continually consult a range of leading dementia specialists to ensure that our care homes offer dementia care in safe, supportive, specially adapted environments that maximise a person’s independence and enhance their self-esteem. Our residents have the opportunity to move around safely and enjoy their home to the full thanks to defined areas, the use of colour contrast and appropriate signage that is clearly worded and pictorially illustrated.

Two women potting plants outside in the sunshineWe understand the importance of access to the outdoors as it provides the opportunity for exercise, fresh air, relieves tension and anxiety and offers personal space for reflection and privacy. Being outside stimulates the production of vitamin D, helping to maintain healthy muscles and bones. It also offers stimulation in the form of different colours, textures and natural smells and sounds. Our care homes have private, secure gardens with easy access and pathways you can follow safely. Some of our homes also have sensory gardens to enhance the outdoor experience through smells and touch. Find out more about adapting living environments for those with dementia.

Dementia and care training excellence

Anchor strive to ensure our approach always reflects best practice and learning in dementia care. We are committed to providing on-going training in all areas of dementia care to all members of the care home team at an advanced level. This ensures everyone is knowledgeable and confident in their approach and care delivery.
We also offer support to family and friends of our residents by providing expert information and advice. Read and download our free guide to supporting a loved one with dementia here.

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