07 Feb 2017

Cloverhill Dementia Care “Household Model”

07 Feb 2017

People with dementia are particularly sensitive to their built and psychological environment and, for some time now environmental design has been regarded as critical to the care of people with dementia.
In the Household Model, Sonas have adopted a person-centred approach that shapes the physical environment, organizational structure, and interpersonal relationships in ways that create an atmosphere of genuine home, while providing our residents with clear opportunities to direct their own lives.

Real outcomes are achieved by creating a variety of living areas for residents with more matched needs. At Sonas Cloverhill we have introduced the “Household” model of care incorporating  person centred care for our residents.  In our Cams and Emelagh households, we provide specialist care to include activities for residents with dementia-related conditions. The Cams household caters for residents with early and mid-stage dementia where the focus is on person centred care with the resident sharing and involved in the daily activities of the household. Residents in the Emelagh Household have reduced functional capacity and care is focused on positive interactions with staff and engaging room decor and dining experience.  Our residents with general medical needs of old age such as mobility problems and palliative care are cared for in Ardkieran household.

Our staff are aware that quality of life matters, and have attended tailored training courses in order to gain a sound knowledge and understanding of the key elements of dementia care and the development of skills in  person centred philosophy of care.  Being natural in dementia care involves being present with people, being tranquil, connecting and creating moments of memory.

“Dementia affects the whole person; not just the brain and the memory, but also a host of important aspects of daily living”

Showing people living with a dementia that we know their feelings matter most can transform their lives. In practice it can mean supporting residents in a different way, real dignity and choice focuses on who the person is now taking precedent over who the person was. In the household model of person centred care families play a big part is supporting their loved one and connecting with staff, and realising that relationships will be different from what they were in the past is part of the journey. A key change is that accepting that their loved ones preferences now override the persons expressed preferences in the past.

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