Transforming dementia care

Looking for ways to further support residents, RMBI Care Co’s Prince George Duke of Kent Court in Chislehurst has been transformed to enhance the environment for people living with dementia.

The care home, which currently supports up to 78 residents, has undergone refurbishment to part of the first floor to create a ‘house model’ dementia environment.

The area is now able to support up to 19 residents with dementia, boasting an open lounge and a dining room, creating a central point for residents to socialise, relax, or take part in activities.

Other spaces include a country kitchen, sensory zone, technology zone, and an area designed to bring the ‘outdoors indoors’, from the wall décor to the furniture and friendly real-life pets.

By working closely with residents, and understanding their interests, the roof terrace has also been given a facelift to create a place of interest, with animals and a water feature.

Simon Doherty, home manager, said: “The new environment is based on the current good practice dementia design guidance.

“We have carefully considered the different areas in the home’s redesign, from lighting to suitable colour schemes and newly-themed areas with a reminiscence approach. We have also introduced animals into the home, as well as an increased use of sensory equipment.

“We believe the new areas will truly enhance and promote our residents’ health and wellbeing.” 

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