The Alzheimer’s Society’s research has shown that as a person’s dementia progresses, they may begin to behave in ways that other people find difficult to understand. This can be one of the most difficult aspects of living with dementia, both for the person with the condition and those around them.
Changes in behaviour are sometimes the first sign that someone has dementia. For some people, they can come on gradually and can be hard to recognise at first. For others, the changes can be more sudden.
The person’s response to different needs means their behaviour may change in a number of ways. Some of the most common changes are listed below.
At Abbeyfield Loughborough we aim to make a difference for our residents by providing facilities and activities that are designed specifically for those living with dementia.
Our dementia-friendly facilities include:
- Themed areas throughout the building that have been developed to prompt memories, trigger conversations, and assist navigation/orientation around the home.
- Large, bright, and dementia-friendly signage.
- Lighting designed to reduce shadowing.
- Uniform flooring throughout the building.
- Memory boxes at each bedroom door that can be filled with photos or personal items that are familiar to the resident.
- Open-plan lounge/dining area/garden room allows residents to interact and wander at will.
- Quiet room, sensory garden, raised flower beds, bird feeding, and a greenhouse.
- Non-uniform for staff.
Ingleside House also has:
- Circadian lighting: Many people living with dementia experience sleep disturbance, irritability, anxiety and wandering, and it has been found that the use of circadian lighting can have a positive impact in these areas.
- Heating panels on the ceiling for additional safety.
- Underfloor heating on the ground floor.
- Corridors and common areas that are well-lit.
- Air filtration and air conditioning systems.
For more information please visit our Fees & Application page.
Abbeyfield Loughborough understands the value of providing fulfilling activities. We host dementia-friendly activities for individuals and groups. Seated exercise, hand massage, interactive table, pet visits, memory groups, musical entertainers, creative activities, and fidget boards are some examples.
We also provide items designed specifically for those living with dementia, such as dolls and interactive cats and dogs, to give pleasure to residents. Stroking a cat or dog can be soothing and so help reduce anxiety, and ‘caring’ for them can bring a renewed sense of purpose.
To see more of our activities, please view our Facebook page.