by Iain Roberts on 4 September, 2014
Stockport Council in partnership with Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group has been awarded £755,000 from the Department of Health’s Dementia Grant, with money going to care homes across the Borough including Wellcroft at the bottom of Gatley Hill.
This money is being used to create care environments for people with dementia that help reduce anxiety, distress and help them feel safe, which will greatly improve the quality of their lives.
This includes providing 25 Dementia Reminiscence Therapy units in care homes and a day centre. These use software called My Life which incorporates local Stockport images, music, videos and historical information to create a personalised life-story book for each resident which helps reduce anxiety, improve quality of life and improve relationships with staff and relatives.
Other changes funded include the provision of dementia friendly furniture in 20 homes, enabling more independence; the improvement of signs and lighting, including the use of bold and tactile signs, colour coded floor zones and spaces with clear functional purposes; and improved accessibility to two gardens to make them more enjoyable for those with dementia.
Following the changes, homes have reported a much calmer atmosphere with less agitation and a reduction in the number of falls and of admissions to hospital.
The Lib Dem-led Council is also supporting the Dementia Friends campaign, launched by the Alzheimers Disease Society and Public Health England, encouraging staff, businesses and Stockport residents to become “Dementia Friends”, highlighting the fact that, with the right support, you can live well with dementia.11 Comments