Our dementia strategy focuses on improving the quality of life for every resident, from the moment they arrive and for the rest of their lives. Our residents and staff have for some time now been benefiting from our partnership with the Dementia Group at Bradford University.
Each individual has varying levels of need, so while many people living with dementia reside in the residential units, others requiring more specialist support may live on dementia nursing unit or in our purpose-built, state-of the-art dementia wing which was opened in 2011.
Research has shown that the built environment has a huge impact on the quality of life for those living with dementia. Our dementia wing includes a reminiscence kitchen on each floor and extensive common areas for relaxation and activities. Colours and design features have been chosen to encourage independence and reduce anxiety, based on the latest dementia research.
We also have an award winning memory garden situated in the grounds outside of the Wohl Wing. The garden is designed to engage and stimulate people living with dementia. The garden contains an old phone box, a Morris Minor car and calming water features.
Activities & Reminiscence
Our residents living with dementia are also able to participate in an array of activities at the Home, particularly those involving music and art, the benefits of which are well researched and documented.
Reminiscence can also be a valuable tool for engaging with residents living with dementia and Nightingale House’s dedicated reminiscence centre is full of books, records, furniture and memorabilia that offer comfort to our residents. This activity can often inspire storytelling and trigger memories.
The Activities Team also uses cooking as a reminiscence tool in our purpose-built reminiscence kitchens, while the Home’s relaxation room has a calming effect for residents living with severe dementia and those experiencing high levels of anxiety.
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