Estimates suggest that 60% of care home residents already have Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia. While there is currently no cure, care providers understand that creating a supportive, person centred environment can significantly improve the quality of life for residents, especially in the early stages. It can also help the home to run more efficiently and place fewer demands on staff.
Creating this environment involves training staff to understand the needs of people with dementia and planning the décor so that residents can live in stress free surroundings. It can also involve the use of purpose designed products, such as high visibility signage or reminiscence aids, which can support the care team and provide practical help for residents experiencing the problems caused by dementia.
Good nutrition and hydration are an important part of the care programme, while mealtimes are a highlight in the daily routine of the care home. This means that residents need to have an enjoyable, stress free experience when they sit down to eat.
Special crockery is available, such as large handled cups which are easier for people with frail hands to pick up. Slightly heavier, wide rimmed plates are more practical and reduce the risk of spillage. Ceramic crockery is more dignified than plastic and enhances the eating experience.
Colour also has an important part to play and contrasting colours for the cutlery, plates and table cloths can help to focus attention on the meal itself.
These useful products can promote confidence, encourage independence and tackle common problems which residents may encounter when eating and drinking.
Our store contains a wide range of practical product solutions to help staff lift, transfer and re-position residents safely without the risk of back or muscle strain. Specialist bariatric products for the heavier resident are also available.
Residents who wish to stay active and independent can choose from a range of mobility aids including walking sticks, walking frames and stylish, self propelled wheelchairs. Both older people and those with a disability will enjoy the freedom offered and appreciate the ability to move around comfortably with a reduced risk of falls.
And if an accident should occur, an emergency lifting chair or cushion can lift the fallen person simply and safely, minimising the risks associated with moving, handling and transfer.
We offer some excellent value, stylish armchairs to help care home residents sit more comfortably and stand up more easily, especially when they have restricted mobility. For example, high back and high seat chairs offer a comfortable and supportive seating position and are specially designed to facilitate getting up.
A booster cushion placed under the existing chair cushion will raise the height and make standing still easier, while a pressure cushion will provide relief for those at risk of developing pressure ulcers.
Height and angle adjustable overchair tables are ideal for use in the lounge and also excellent for wheelchair users. Tables have a melamine coated top for easy cleaning and a rim round the edge to prevent items from slipping off.