Residents Living with Dementia

Alzheimer’s and other dementia types affect more than 750,000 people in the UK, most of them older people. Dementia isn’t a disease and nor is it a natural part of ageing. It also isn’t usually inherited. However, living with dementia impacts on the person, their family and their friends.

In 2010, the Scottish Government launched Scotland’s National Dementia Strategy. This was followed by NHS Education for Scotland and the Scottish Social Services Council developing ‘Promoting Excellence’, a framework for health and social services staff working with people with dementia, their families and carers to support delivery of the aspirations and change actions outlined in the strategy.

The ‘Promoting Excellence’ framework details the knowledge and skills all health and social services staff should aspire to achieve in relation to the role they play in supporting people with a diagnosis of dementia, their families, and friends. All Abercorn Care Limited staff are trained in following the ‘Promoting Excellence’ framework in their dealings with residents with dementia, their families and carers.

They are aware of the impact dementia has on a person and we aim to:

  • Understand that each person is unique and provide a stimulating environment for them.  They will be encouraged to take part in activities, although the choice to “opt out” will be respected
  • Spend time talking with the residents focusing on what they feel rather than what they remember
  • Treat the resident with respect at all times and give privacy and dignity when requiring assistance, maximizing the individual’s level of independence
  • Provide a safe environment within the Home
  • Allow the residents to spend meaningful time outdoors