Focusing on strengths
Of the 53 rooms at Colinton, we have 20 rooms that are specifically kept for dementia residents.
For those living with dementia, communicating their needs and wishes can be difficult, which in turn can lead to isolation. Our dementia care programme focuses on an individual’s strengths to help find ways in which they can re-engage with their families, friends and the community.
First rate and up to date
Our dementia care has been developed by specialists, and is constantly updated to reflect findings from the latest research.
We gain an insight into residents’ life stories through recollections, reminiscence and sensory-based activities, many of which involve looking at videos and photos online, as well as community involvement, and provide the best beneficial therapies and treatments.
Residents with dementia often are more mobile than some of our frail and elderly residents, and many enjoy spending time in the garden and getting out and about with the staff.
Our dementia suite is decorated to the same exceptional standards as the rest of the home – the only difference being that the furniture is slightly more durable and washable.
Why is the dementia care floor at Colinton no different from the other floors?
The majority of dementia sufferers are moving here from their own home, so we try to make Colinton as much like home for them as possible. While some research suggests certain types of doors, carpets or wall displays are particularly calming to people who have dementia, we have an incredibly calm and relaxed dementia unit without that.
We’ve had a lot of positive feedback from relatives of our dementia residents saying they’re delighted the bedrooms are decorated in a similar style to other parts of the home. It’s important our residents are comfortable with the living environment here, and we’re happy to change things to accommodate this.
You might also be interested to know:
We offer nursing and care for residents with a variety of conditions, including but not exclusively:
- Hearing impairment,
- Visual impairment,
- Huntington's Disease,
- Motor Neurone Disease,
- Multiple Sclerosis,
- Parkinson's Disease,
- Speech Impairment,
- Physical Impairment
Please do get in touch to talk about the support and care you require.