When it comes to that time for a loved one to enter into a Care Home, for most of us, it is with a heavy heart which drives us to this decision. In the ideal world, it would be better to keep them in their own home where they are surrounded by familiar things, people and routines.
Unfortunately, as is the case these days, many people who are in their advancing years simply cannot cope with the general running of a property on their own, organising grocery shopping, dealing with household bills together with household chores.
You can imagine how your loved one must feel the first time they enter an establishment where it is very likely they’ll spend the rest of their lives there.
It is vital therefore, to ensure the feeling is that of ‘home from home’.
The kind of surroundings associated with a comfortable home.
We at Dunley Hall are very proud to be able to offer fabulous garden space for all our residents to enjoy. For a Care home in Birmingham to have a garden is vital for the residents to enjoy and feel right at home.
At Dunley Hall, our Care Home Gardens are designed specifically for our residents to make the most of the beautiful countryside around and the simple fresh air it brings. It’s also a great way for them to socialise in an open and even more relaxing atmosphere and to give them the feeling of being in their own garden at home
When a loved one is suffering from early signs of dementia, it can be a very daunting time for all who care for them.
This is something which affects millions of people throughout the world and the figure is likely to rise over the next few years. By 2025, the forecast is for the total number of sufferers to be around 1 million in the UK alone.
The question is, how would you know what to do for your loved one who is showing early signs of the condition?
The first step is to understand the type of dementia we are dealing with as this will dictate the kind of care needed in order to minimise the trauma experienced by the sufferer. It will also establish the care options available giving you time to prepare accordingly.
We at Dunley Hall specialise in Dementia Care in the West Midlands as we understand only too well, the needs of dementia sufferers and how to make their lives as pleasant and normal as possible.
It certainly doesn’t mean their lives are over just because of this condition. Far from it.
Over the years, treatment of this condition has improved enormously as there are many options available from medication to simply slow symptoms down to straight forward lifestyle changes. Together with support for the families around, people living with the condition can lead normal lives knowing there are people there to make the whole journey easier.
At Dunley Hall, our Dementia Care Home in the West Midlands has many Dementia sufferers, all of whom ahve varying stages of the condition. This has certainly not hindered their overall enjoyment of life in any way as our dedicated specialist staff ensure they are supported and respected as if it were their very own family
As anyone will appreciate who has a loved one or relative with Lewy Bodies Dementia and is looking for a Care Home for Dementia in the West Midlands, it is of paramount importance to make the right choice for the right reasons.
Naturally, this is a trying time for all concerned, especially as the symptoms of dementia appear to be becoming more pronounced.
It is important for the sufferer to continue as much as possible with their lives whist incorporating all the normal activities as before. Of course, as time progresses, things will start to become increasingly difficult.
When you’ve arrived at this stage, there are NHS Social services together with voluntary organisations which are there to help with advice and support for your family.
We at Dunley Hall have many Lewy Body Dementia sufferers and so know only too well, the challenges they face. With our staff’s compassion, consideration and kind attention to our resident’s needs, they feel right at home with us.
Whilst their memory may not be what it was, we strive to keep their minds alive with daily activities which they may enjoy to reignite things they once enjoyed such as : regular sing along sessions, exercise sessions, gardening, flower arranging, cards, skittles, arts and crafts, quiz afternoons and movie nights etc etc.
Combined with the ‘home from home’ feeling, our residents are safe in the knowledge their days are not just a case of existing but living…nothing gives our staff a bigger thrill than to see the residents with a beaming smile on their face.
So what makes a really good care home and one which is so good, you’re prepared to move a loved one in ?
I suppose more importantly, who decides whether the care home for the elderly is right or not, the resident themselves or the relative (s) who make the arrangements ?
For many of the best Care homes in the Birmingham area, this must be a difficult question as they will be trying to cater for both parties. The impressive facade, comprehensive features expensive fixtures and fittings will undoubtedly impress the decision makers (especially if they are responsible for paying the bill) but ultimately, the most important factor here is the resident themselves.
We at Dunley Hall recognise that all our Residents have completely different needs and are thereby impressed by different factors; ironically, none of the things which may be important to the relative(s) who make the initial arrangements.
It’s the way we make our residents feel that we at Dunley Hall focus upon. Do they feel secure, are they comfortable, do they feel right at home and are we listening and acting upon their needs?
Of course, we do have impressive facilities which our residents like and enjoy on a regular basis such as great individually prepared foods, comfortable and individually tailored rooms, lovely gardens and games rooms etc.
More importantly, we also encourage our residents to fill their days with activities which they do or hope they will enjoy such as ; quiz afternoons, gardening, knitting, flower arranging, sing along sessions, baking, exercise sessions, darts, cards, skittles as we feel it important to fill their days with enjoyable events which can be looked forward to.
…and for all our residents who enjoy the world wide web, they have internet access whenever they wish…
It can be a very daunting task when you finally realise it’s time for a loved one to move into a Residential Care Home in Birmingham. The prospect of taking them away from their home, where their creature comforts and the feeling of safety and security are ever present.
The question is, what do you look for in a quality care home, what factors determine your decision and how do you recognise a good Care home compared with one which simply won’t be right for your needs?
Without doubt there are some very impressive Care Homes out there, some with amazing facilities such as in house hair salons, Cinema rooms, various restaurants,libraries, beautiful gardens with great views etc etc.
However, the harsh reality is all this can be meaningless unless the care behind closed doors matches the facilities on offer. The fact is, many residents are simply not interested in such features as these are things which may never have been part of their previous lives anyway and as such will not be an important factor in ensuring their future happiness.
We at Dunley Hall place our entire focus upon making all our residents feel right at home…put simply,it is a ‘home from home environment’. The overall care, kindness and compassion provided by our staff is highlighted by the fact that our residents simply don’t want to be anywhere else because they are at home.
One easy way to help make the right move is to place your loved one into ‘a residential home with respite care’. This way, they’re able to see how the Home makes them feel, the level of care and understanding, not to mention the quality of food on offer (is it the way they like it ?).
Why not call us or simply pop in when you’re in the area and have a look around, one of our friendly staff will be happy to help and answer any questions or potential concerns you may have.