Ahead of World Alzheimer’s Day, a group of our staff went to visit our Extra Care schemes, Bluebell and The Watchfactory, to learn more about dementia friendly facilities and design. Our Extra Care sites offer older people the opportunity for independent living, with access to care and support whenever they may need it. The schemes have been designed to cater for a range of additional needs, including people with dementia. We gathered for a tour of both buildings to view some of the dementia friendly adaptations and learn how they improve accessibility for people with dementia.
Dementia and extra care
During the tour we spoke with some residents whose lives have changed for the better since moving in. By choosing Extra Care, residents have access to a range of specialised facilities and on-site care provision 24/7 if they need it. With over 520,000 people in the UK having dementia caused by Alzheimer’s disease, it’s important everyone feels safe and happy within their homes. Each site hosts many events all residents can get involved in if they choose so. In the communal area there’s always games of pool, snooker and darts that anyone can join. In the bistros there are fun filled quizzes and social events. Or residents can even get stuck in with gardening and plant potting around their gardens and balconies.
After the Bluebell tour people gathered for lunch and a chat to the residents to get to know them. As the day came to a close both staff and residents then joined together for a general knowledge quiz and questions about our schemes. Thank you to residents and Extra Care teams for the warm welcome!
Want to know more?
Visit our Extra Care page to learn more about Bluebell and The Watchfactory and all the facilities they have to offer: