The Care Inspectorate has praised staff at a Scottish care home for their new approach to dementia care that’s had positive effects on their health and wellbeing, even reducing the amount of medication being administered to some residents.
Kincaid House in Greenock has introduced a number of simple but effective changes such as introducing ‘destination stations’ – informal seated areas in corridors where residents can gather and chat. Hand rails have been painted to make them more prominent and to make it easier to move around the 90-
bed care home, while bags and scarves on coat racks encourage interaction and help them reminisce.
Snack boxes were introduced for those who don’t like to sit down at meal times and brightly coloured trays and cups were placed around the home to encourage residents to drink more, which has helped to increase their levels of hydration. Empathy dolls have helped soothe residents and reduce the need
for medication and art work around the home has been replaced with images more familiar and meaningful to residents.
In a recent Care Inspectorate newsletter, Isabel Purdue, was reported to say, “Kincaid House is out to do its best to look after people with dementia. Many of the changes are simple and straightforward, but they have had a tremendous impact on the quality of care residents receive.”
Barbara Lawson, Deputy Manager of Kincaid House, said: “Some of our residents have significant dementia care needs and although the home’s practice was already good, we decided on introducing a new approach that’s been hugely beneficial to our residents. We have introduced dementia ambassadors
with advanced knowledge of the condition and its treatment. Instead of white tunics, staff now wear colourful polo shirts which has reduced agitation levels and created a sense of togetherness between staff and residents.
“We’re seeing a difference in our residents who are now more likely to reminisce and share fond memories of their lives. They are also more likely to move around the home and chat to other residents.”