New dementia-friendly care home in Diss gets stamp of approval

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GHT Trustees in DissTrustees of Greensleeves Homes Trust visited their latest care home, De Lucy House in Diss in Norfolk, to show their full support for the Alzheimer’s Society national ‘Dementia Friends’ campaign which aims to help people develop a better understanding of dementia.

De Lucy House in Diss is the award-winning charity’s new, purpose-built, 60-bed care home specialising in high quality, residential, respite and dementia care. As part of Greensleeves’ focus on supporting people living with dementia, all employees and trustees will become Dementia Friends by the end of 2015.

Mike Holt, Chairman of Greensleeves, commented: “We fully support the Alzheimer’s Society national Dementia Friends campaign and all Trustees have now become Dementia Friends. De Lucy House, with its many dementia-friendly features and specially trained staff, is supporting local families and their loved ones living with dementia. The care home provides a safe and homely environment where the residents can receive top quality care from highly qualified and friendly staff.”

While visiting De Lucy House on 5th November, the Trustees were keen to see the home’s specialist features. Dementia-friendly bedroom furniture with visible clothes storage section in the wardrobes enable residents with dementia to find their clothes and dress themselves if possible, while rounded edges and corners promote resident safety. Dementia signage is clear, mounted low, has words and pictures and contrasts with the background to aid orientation. With a secure landscaped garden, smaller scale living arrangements including fire places and small living areas, De Lucy House has a comfortable, homely and family feel.

Anne Biggar, Alzheimer’s Society Services Manager in Norfolk says: “Across the UK we have seen well over a million people becoming Dementia Friends already, and it is encouraging to see more businesses in Norfolk getting involved in the campaign. Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the nation acts, thinks and talks about the condition.

Whether you attend a face-to-face session or watch the online video, Dementia Friends is about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help. From telling friends about the Dementia Friends programme to visiting someone you know living with dementia, every action counts.”

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