Creating inclusive and comfortable home environments, enabling those with dementia to live well
As we learn more about this disease, it’s important we remain at the forefront of best practice in order to deliver the most satisfying solution to those living with dementia and their loved ones. Our connections with charities, organisations and educational establishments in terms of research findings and gaining current knowledge is of great importance so that we can be developing the most comfortable, engaging and positive environments possible.
We balance safety and security for our dementia residents with a real sense of home and visual ‘clues’ such as memory boxes and interior signposting to help people navigate their surroundings in a world that is increasingly hard to make sense of. Reminiscence sessions, shared history and musical therapy feature as part of the daily activity schedules, as well as time spent in the fresh air enjoying the sensory gardens and village walkways.
Richmond Villages is passionate about providing state of the art facilities in dementia care with best practice firmly imbedded at the heart of everything that we do. In Spring 2021 we opened our first Dementia Care Village taking knowledge from the Dutch model at Hogeweyk and implementing it here in the UK. Richmond Villages Willaston near Nantwich in Cheshire, is a lifestyle-led community with residents living with like-minded peers in small households of only six people. There is also a 35-bed nursing care home for those living with more advanced stages of dementia.
All Richmond Villages staff have Dementia Friends training run by Dementia Friends Champions, who are trained and supported by Alzheimer’s Society. The training sessions aim to educate and provide a better understanding of the condition, in turn allowing our staff to better support residents and their families living with a dementia.
At Richmond Villages we understand the importance of not just having a beautiful place to live but to have the facilities to match. Along with stylish restaurants and public lounges, good food is high on the agenda at all of our villages. Most villages also have a café and shop, hairdressing salon and library, some even have a wellness spa and all have lovely gardens in which to relax and enjoy some fresh air and sunshine.
Each village has their own full-time activities team who organise a wealth of entertainment for our residents.
Typical activities include: