Chipping Norton care home creates dementia friendly community


Relatives, social care professionals, charitable organisations, students and members of the community have praised Tall Trees in Chipping Norton for sharing their knowledge and expertise in dementia with the community during a special event held at the care home recently.  The event which offered guests a three-part dementia awareness session was aimed at helping family members of those living with Dementia and other interested parties understand more about Dementia, the myths, the symptoms and the challenges. Guests were invited to participate an immersive experience enabling them to experience some of the challenges that people living with Dementia encounter daily and to hear how mealtimes are being transformed by Caring Homes by award-winning chefs to ensure the wellbeing of residents is maintained regardless of any physical and or cognitive impairment.

Having not attended an event of this nature previously, one guest said “We found the dementia presentation very relevant, informative and insightful. The food presentation was also fascinating, particularly around how to stimulate the senses. The use of moulds was very clever.”

Other guests too, were exceptionally interested in the information provided, and especially enjoyed the immersive experience where they discovered first hand how a person living with Dementia may experience the world. On entering a darkened room with glasses and gloves guests were invited to complete everyday tasks like – tying shoelaces, completing buttons on a shirt, pairing up socks from a daily wash, and in so doing, recognising the difficulties and frustrations that everyday jobs present becoming so much more complicated and harder to complete.

There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise by 2025. Raising greater awareness is vitally important with a potential 225,000 people in the UK likely to develop dementia this year, that’s one every three minutes. Tall Trees as part of Caring Homes are passionate about creating dementia-friendly communities.

Attendees included those from the local church, hairdressers, GP practices, students and relatives of people living in the community with dementia. All shared that they had enjoyed excellent sessions, which were extremely informative and run by great hosts.”

The event aimed to give participants an in-depth understanding about, and empathy for the psychological needs of a person with Dementia and is based on Caring Homes’ in-house Dementia training programme, ‘Living in My World’, which has won a prestigious Princess Royal Training Award. There were hints and tips to improve communication and a practical session to understand some of the day-to-day frustrations that affect a person living with dementia.

Michele Saunders, Caring Homes’ My World Dementia Strategy, Project Lead presented and said, “I really enjoy delivering these dementia events and with the aid of practical training it helps raise awareness, increases empathy and knowledge which is so important within the community. By educating everyone about Dementia we can help empower those living with Dementia every day to live a good life that has a real purpose and meaning and for me that is everything.”

Food is a big part of life at Tall Trees. The ‘Food in My World’ training, also accredited by City and Guilds develops the hospitality team and chefs’ skills and knowledge to stimulate senses and increase creativity in the cooking and presentation of food. This provides a much improved, dining experience for residents living with Dementia and or dysphagia and the home was delighted to be joined for the event by Steve Harding, Caring Homes’ award-winning chef to share his expertise in this area.

Customer Relationship Advisor, Diana Rugge said, “We were delighted at the interest shown in finding out about Dementia by the community around Tall Trees with plenty of participants in the morning and the afternoon. Events like these enable people to learn about Dementia and help them to challenge the way people think, act and talk about the condition. We have received so much positive feedback.

“We want to actively promote a dementia-friendly community through sharing our knowledge and expertise and hope that members of the local community will take the opportunity to join us again, perhaps, at one of our future events, which will be shared via our website and through our Facebook page.”

Every team member at Tall Trees receives our unique ‘Living in My World’ dementia training which is accredited by City and Guilds. It highlights the importance of meaningful activities and a stimulating environment for people living with dementia, as well as addressing clinical aspects of care.

There are over 200 different forms of dementia, which affect each person in individual ways, it isn’t just about memory loss. Different types of dementia can affect people in lots of other ways too, from feeling confused and having difficulty concentrating to behaving differently. The most common are Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy Bodies, Frontotemporal dementia.

Tall Trees Care Home in Chipping Norton can be found in the beautiful village of Shipton-under-Wychwood in Oxfordshire. The Home provides personalised nursing, dementia and residential care, for up to 60 elderly residents, including long-term care, trial stays, short-stay and convalescent care.


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