“There’s a big difference between getting a
bit forgetful and developing dementia...”

Our Dementia library

At Waypoints we are at the forefront of Dementia Care because we keep abreast of the latest research, understanding of the condition and best practice in care.

We use this to continually review the care services we provide, and keep all staff updated and properly trained to ensure better understanding of Dementia and how best to support residents living with the condition and their families. This has led to our homes becoming respected as centres of excellence in the communities they serve and with the health professionals with which they work.


In line with the national initiative launched by the Prime Minister in March 2012 we have made excellent progress in nurturing “Dementia Friendly Communities” in and around our homes; examples of which include;

  • At Waypoints Verwood we have been working with the local council to create a ‘Dementia Friendly Community.’

  • Presenting talks to all the local schools, providing an information service at local markets and fetes, and giving advice at key community groups such as the Women’s’ Institute, British Legion, Rotary Clubs etc. This has helped greatly in reducing the stigma and raising the awareness of Dementia.

  • At Waypoints Plymouth we invited students from a local college into to our home to take part in memory and creative art workshops with residents so that their generation is better informed as dementia touches more lives.

  • The design of our newest home in Upton includes two retail outlets for a coffee shop, a pharmacy and open meeting place which can be enjoyed by residents and the public alike. This brings every day community activity into the home environment.

Wherever possible we also assist with research into Dementia. For example we;

  • are currently working with Bournemouth University on a project to examine the nutritional and dietary needs of people living with Dementia, and

  • have been approached by Plymouth University to work on a potential research programme into the use of technology in care homes.

In order to help you achieve a better understanding of how to deal with Dementia; from spotting the early signs and living with the condition, through to contemplating whether more dedicated care is required we have reproduced some articles which were written by Waypoints for a community magazine. They are a useful insight into how, with the right appreciation of the condition and of what help is at hand, you can cope with the journey ahead. They can be downloaded as a useful source of future reference.

Dementia
advice guides

PDF

When to seek a medical opinion

PDF

Diagnosing dementia

PDF

When dementia is diagnosed

PDF

Benefits of respite care breaks

 
PDF

Dignity in care

 
PDF

Nutrition and hydration

 
PDF

Therapy of talking
& social interaction

Useful Links

 Dementia Care Partnership

 Alzheimer's Society
 Department of Health
 

Dementia Guide

Download the Alzhiemer's Society's guide to Dementia

 

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