Dementia and RMBI Care Co.

We provide care in a way that supports people on an individual basis, to enable them to have a better day-to-day quality of life.  We celebrate the skills a person has retained, working with them to maintain their independence and engage their skill sets where possible.

We aim to start from a position of ‘what a person can do’ and how we can support them; working with the resident, their family and loved ones, to explore what is important to them and try where possible, to incorporate this into their lives.

All our care home staff receive basic dementia training; those working within one of our Dementia Support Houses will receive additional training to support the health and wellbeing of our residents with an advanced dementia.

If you are interested in the residential dementia care at any of our Homes, please contact the Home Management Team of your preferred Home and they will be able to provide more information about the Home’s individual services.

Our dementia specialist

Anne Child, RMBI Care Co. Dementia Specialist Lead

Anne joined RMBI Care Co. as Pharmacy and Dementia Specialist Lead in 2016, to support and advance dementia care in our Homes.

A qualified pharmacist for over 30 years, Anne is highly passionate about her profession. She has worked as a Community Pharmacist, a Lead Pharmacist for Mental Health within a PCT, a Lead Pharmacist in a Nurse Lead intermediate community setting for older people and more recently in direct dementia care in Health and Social Care. She is a special advisor to CQC and continues to work with academic colleagues on new initiatives whenever she can.

In 2014, Anne was appointed a Member of the British Empire for services to dementia and in 2015 she became the programme guardian for care home medication and dementia modules with the College of Pharmacy Practice. She is currently working on a number of dementia projects at RMBI Care Co. including how the charity can continue to best support residents, their families and staff now and in the years to come.

Dementia: The facts

850,000

people are estimated to be living with dementia in the UK

525,315

is the total number of people in the UK with a dementia diagnosis

One million

people in the UK will have dementia by 2025 and this is expected to increase to two million by 2050.

A person’s risk of developing dementia rises from one in 14 over the age of 65, to one in six over the age of 80.

Dementia: Q&A

The word ‘dementia’ is used to describe the symptoms of a number of different diseases or conditions that cause the progressive decline of the brain.  These changes are often small to start with but for someone with a dementia they are severe enough to affect daily life.

There are many forms of dementia including:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Vascular dementia
  • Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB)

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia accounting for about two thirds of cases in people over the age of 65. It is also possible to have more than one type of dementia at the same time.

Alzheimer’s can sometimes be seen with vascular dementia or dementia with Lewy bodies which is known as ‘mixed dementia’.  They have some things in common but there are also important differences in how they affect people and the ways they can be managed. There are rare diseases, which can also lead to dementia.

When somebody develops a dementia it is natural to ask why.  It is not usually possible to say for certain, although a doctor may be able to say which factor(s) might have contributed to it.  In most cases, a mixture of risk factors, potentially avoidable and not, will be responsible.

More information on understanding risk factors can be found on the Alzheimer’s Society website – alzheimers.org.uk

Dementia can cause a number of different symptoms.  Some of the most common include:

  • Memory loss – It will gradually become clear that the memory loss is becoming more severe and persistent if there is particular difficulty in remembering new events or information. This will often be more apparent to family and friends than to the person themselves.
  • Change in behaviour – Dementia can make the world a confusing and disorientating place as the person struggles to understand what is going on around them. They no longer recognise or relate to their environment and as a result their behaviour changes. These changes can often be mistaken as another symptom of the condition, which is often not the case. For example, the person may be unintentionally physically or verbally aggressive. This can be very distressing for the person, for those caring or supporting them and their loved ones.  However, with the right support and care plan, changes in behaviour can often be well managed.  What is important is to know the person and work with them to identify things that support wellbeing and promote independence.
  • Sleeping patterns – Some people living with dementia experience problems with sleep. They might sleep during the day, be unable to sleep at night or wake up often throughout the night. This pattern of distressed behaviour is known as ‘sundowning’ as it typically occurs in the late afternoon or early evening.  They may feel disorientated, or try to get dressed and walk around.  These disturbances can affect their quality of life and the people caring for them.

(Source: Alzheimer’s Society)

Sometimes, dementia-like symptoms can have other causes, such as a chest or urinary infection, dehydration, side-effects of medication, depression, stress or vitamin deficiencies.

If you notice any signs or symptoms you should gently encourage the person to approach their GP or seek further support from an appropriate organisation. The assessment for possible dementia excludes treatable conditions; it is not a single step but a process that takes time.  It consists of various stages and tests and ends with sharing of the diagnosis.  For the person and those close to them this is often an uncertain, anxious and emotional journey.

  • RMBI Care Co. Homes

All RMBI Care Co. Homes can support people with a dementia. If you are interested in a particular Home, please contact the Home direct for further information (link to list of all Homes.)

 

  • Alzheimer’s Society

A care and research charity for people with dementia and their carers.

www.alzheimers.org.uk or call the National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 11 22.

  • Local Dementia Action Alliance

A group of people who have come together to create a dementia friendly community (DFC). www.dementiaaction.org.uk/local_alliances

 

  • Independent Age

Provides clear, free and impartial advice on a range of issues such as care and support, money and benefits, health and mobility.

www.independentage.org.uk  or call 0800 319 6789.

 

  • Social Services

Local social services can help with personal care and day-to-day activities after carrying out a needs assessment.

  • Provincial Grand Almoner (For Freemasons)

Your Provincial Grand Almoner may be able to signpost you to local support and assistance

Our dementia environments

The Activity Coordinators are very engaged and enthusiastic with events organised for every weekday, often in the morning and afternoon.

Carehome.co.uk review, Connaught Court

We are continuously working to improve our Homes to support our residents’ changing needs. Many of our Homes have transformed different areas, purchased digital equipment and provide regular activities to support our residents with dementia, supported by the community of Freemasons and our Homes’ Association of Friends. Here are just a few of the unique areas that feature within some of our Homes as well as dementia friendly activities that have been provided by our Activities Teams.

 

Dementia friendly care homes


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