Dementia care We have the compassion and expertise to care for people living with dementia A diagnosis of dementia brings its own particular challenges. Our approach, care and environment are sensitive and professional, allowing people living with dementia and their families the space and support they need. All of our homes are registered with the Care Quality Commission for the provision of dementia care. You gave me back the right mother-daughter relationship that we had lost. "The Way We Care" We started a new challenge within our care homes at the beginning of 2016 which was called Dementia Care Revisited and has now been renamed as "The Way We Care", because it is our sincere belief that this type of care is what all people should have, and has a fundamental right to, whether living with or without dementia. Although we were already doing wonderful work related to people living with a dementia, we felt that the Lord was leading us to take a closer look at more up to date developments and use these in our homes. The main theme for this new model is the love of a family, the family of God. This is the most important thing we can sincerely give to those we care for in our homes, and is confirmed for us in 1 Corinthians chapter 13 verse 13: "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." Every home has staff and volunteers with a specialised understanding of people who are living with dementia. Families of the people we care for and supporters of our homes successfully use different approaches at different stages of this disease. It all comes down to one thing - when caring for people living with a dementia, we must know the person and see them first not the disease. By studying their life histories, what people like or dislike, what really makes them into the whole person that our Father created, staff can then appreciate the best way to support and enable individuals to still be inspired by the word of God and feel able with support to seek his voice and hear his word and pray to him. Staff will actively use the information gained to understand how that person is able to connect to their faith now and if that has changed due to that person’s ability or disability. This information will then be used, and approaches will be adapted to allow individuals to connect to God in their way not ours, so they are able to still enjoy actively seeking our Father’s personal companionship. We aim to have at least one dedicated area for residents who are living with dementia that will be safe, reassuring and relaxing. This will be a place where people are free to take part in the activities of daily life and where family members will feel comfortable. How we manage this will vary from home to home. We will provide visitors and family members with information and support that helps sustain and strengthen relationships through the challenges that a diagnosis of dementia can bring. We will share our experience and our insights with you and your family, particularly our confidence that the person, loved by God, is still present with their future guaranteed by the deposit of God’s Holy Spirit. The Hummingbird Approach 'The Hummingbird' is someone who works in our homes and their job description and main purpose is to make short one-2-one connections with everyone that is living in the home. They are employed to have fun and promote happiness, to support people to still be able to connect to their Christian faith and lifetime skills in an intelligent informed way, focusing on the person’s unique way to connect to the person not the disease. For those not living with dementia the approach is still the same as people living with a dementia. We always aim to put God’s Love first, because those who know the Father and have known him for most of their lives have been nurtured by this and they must have this to be whole in spirit, added to feeling that they are still needed and valued for who they are and what they can do - adding to the tapestry of life. That is The Way We Care. To see where we are located click here. As living with dementia is different for every person it is essential that you contact any home that you are interested in to talk about your specific needs.