Atkinsons Care and Nursing homes | Dementia Care

At Atkinsons Care and Nursing homes, each resident has a care plan that is tailored to their own unique preferences and choices, alongside their spiritual, occupational, physical, and day-to-day living needs. This ensures each resident is fully supported and able to enjoy meaningful experiences and activities that also reflect their own interests. Our home managers will gather information on “pre-admission” care needs assessment, which then helps form the basis of their individualised care plan.

Our Care and Nursing homes have Dementia-friendly environments, with balanced individual choice of colour schemes, wayfinding bright signs, and points have the interest to create a safe space for residents that is also homely and easy to understand. This helps our residents who are living with dementia maintain an independent lifestyle that is as stress-free as possible. Our other features include digital person-centred care plans.

Every permanent resident has the option of personalising their room with their own furniture, pictures and photographs, and other belongings.
We actively promote all of our residents’ total participation in meaningful activities such as everyday tasks that help them retain their independence and give them a sense of purpose -so you may find residents watering plants in our gardens or helping today tables. We also offer a range of events and activities programmes such as baking or craft sessions. Individual hobbies and interests are also promoted through our tailored care plans at Atkinsons Care and Nursing homes

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For questions or more information regarding our Care & Support services, we’d love to hear from you. 

Tel: 01252 871751

At Atkinson’s Care & Nursing Homes, we focus on helping you or a loved one to relieve your symptoms, enhance your overall well-being, assist with daily activities, and improving overall quality of life. Formal research and patient feedback confirms that care and support can help significantly reduce the stress and anxiety associated with cancer; Unwelcome loneliness, loss of control. and loss of hope. Our Registered Managers and trained staff will work with you to assist you during your treatment and keep a bright ray of sunshine in your life!

Cancer is a condition where cells in a specific part of the body grow and reproduce uncontrollably. The cancerous cells can invade and destroy surrounding healthy tissue, including organs. Cancer sometimes begins in one part of the body and sometimes can spread to other parts, this process is known as metastasis.
Cancer does not always cause pain, but if it does, there are now many treatments available to relieve it. The most common treatment side effect is fatigue, feeling exhausted and lacking energy for day-to-day activities. Fatigue differs from normal tiredness as it often doesn’t go away with rest or sleep.

We find solutions to help people to have an excellent quality of life and enjoy opportunities to be part of their community. We understand that coping with complex health, or medical condition, can be difficult and that psychological and social support is vital in helping overcome feelings of low self-esteem, loneliness and, for some people, depression. Together, we’ll build a care programme that is all about how we can help and support you or your loved one. We’ll liaise with your GP practice, community health teams and hospital consultant to ensure you receive a continuity of care in your home across a complete and informed support team.

Get in touch

For questions or more information regarding our Care & Support services, we’d love to hear from you. 

Tel: 01252 871751

More from our ‘health under the spotlight’ series:

Our second blog in our ‘Health Under The Spotlight’ Series. In this series, we’ll be dissecting some special conditions and explaining how, as a care provider, we would help to support our residents.

Parkinson’s disease is caused by a loss of nerve cells in substantial migraine of the brain. This leads to a reduction in a chemical called dopamine in the brain. Many different symptoms are associated with Parkinson’s disease and the more common symptoms are slowness in movement and muscle stiffness. Currently, there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease. But treatments are available to help relieve the symptoms and maintain quality of life.

The general symptoms of Parkinson’s disease include:

  • The slowness of voluntary movements, especially in the initiation of such movements as walking or rolling over in bed
  • Decreased facial expression, monotonous speech, and decreased eye blinking
  • A shuffling gait with poor arm swing and stooped posture
  • Unsteady balance; difficulty rising from a sitting position
  • The continuous pill-rolling motion of the thumb and forefinger
  • Abnormal tone or stiffness in the trunk and extremities
  • Swallowing problems in later stages
  • Lightheadedness or fainting when standing (orthostatic hypotension)

The cause of Parkinson’s disease is unknown, but several factors appear to play a role, including:

  • Your genes. Researchers have identified specific genetic mutations that can cause Parkinson’s disease, but these are uncommon except in rare cases with many family members affected by Parkinson’s disease. However, certain gene variations appear to increase the risk of Parkinson’s disease but with a relatively small risk of Parkinson’s disease for each of these genetic markers.
  • Environmental triggers. Exposure to certain toxins or environmental factors may increase the risk of later Parkinson’s disease, but the risk is relatively small.

How we support you:

Caring for a loved one with Parkinson’s can be extremely challenging. A compassionate professional Care/Nursing home can be a wonderful source of support, especially if your loved one is living with a serious medical condition. Whether this is permanent or respite care, both you and your loved one can benefit from additional help.

Parkinson’s disease not only causes mobility impairment and tremors, but it can also cause significant psychological problems, including anxiety, depression and aggression. These issues can decrease the quality of life. Many elderly people with Parkinson’s disease who experience depression benefit from being in an environment with other people around, and need some assistance with everyday activities, such as exercising and preparing nutritious meals. The most important aspect of supporting people with Parkinson’s disease is for them to be stimulated by activities and conversation.

Skilled therapies such as Speech, Physical and Occupational are also integral parts of a Parkinson’s care plan. As a dedicated care provider, we would tailor your plan to ensure you get the best care possible.

Therapeutic interventions can prevent muscle spasms, increase balance and alleviate speech problems and swallowing deficits. Parkinson’s is a progressive degenerative neurological disorder, and while skilled therapy services cannot cure or eliminate neurological symptoms, they may slow the progression of the disease.

Get in touch

For questions or more information regarding our Care & Support services, we’d love to hear from you.

Tel: 01252 871751

In case you missed it:

Our previous ‘Health Under The Spotlight’ blog in the series was on Diabetes and how we can support you.

As the arrival of October brings many changes to nature, one sight to behold is the UK bird migration. Flocks of swans and geese arriving at our shores and the disappearance of swallows are among the events we may witness this autumn, with many of these processes already well underway. Overall, it is thought that around half of the bird species in Britain migrate at some point throughout the year.

Autumn migration of birds in the UK involves saying goodbye to our summer visitors, which will find much higher numbers of insects to feed on in their southern destinations. These include swallows, which leave us around September/October to return to South Africa after breeding over here. House martins, raptors, nightingales, cuckoos and swifts also head south. Migrating birds tend to prefer to travel along the coast for as long as they can during their migration before they are forced to cross the open seas, a very convenient phenomenon for bird-watchers. 

The autumn migration also involves greeting species that will move from colder parts in the north to the milder UK for their winters, such as pink-footed geese, Bewick’s and whooper swans and winter thrushes (such as fieldfares and redwings). Passage migrants may also be seen. They stop off in the UK during their long journey to other destinations and include species such as green sandpipers.

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Got questions? We’d love to hear from you. 

Tel: 01252 871751

More blogs:

Welcome to the first of our ‘Health Under The Spotlight’ series. We’ll be dissecting some special conditions and explaining how, as a care provider, we would help to support our residents.


Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes, also known as hyperglycaemia. If you have type 2 diabetes, your blood sugar gets too high. Insulin, which is made in the pancreas, helps transport sugar to your cells. But if you have type 2 diabetes, your body makes too little insulin or doesn’t use it properly which can result in too much sugar in your blood and not enough in your cells.

Anyone can get type 2 diabetes, but there are certain people who are more likely to develop this condition.
The symptoms of type 2 diabetes typically develop over the course of serval years. The symptoms range in severity and can also be mild you may not notice:

  • Blurred vision
  •  Tingling or numbness in hands or feet
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Slow-healing wounds
  • Increased thirst or hunger
  • Increased Urination
  • Exhaustion

Consult your doctor if you notice any of these signs or symptoms.

How we support you:

All of our residents within Atkinsons homes are supported with their diabetes. We create and implement an individually tailored care plan to ensure it is well managed/improved. This includes (but not limited to) a well-maintained diet plan, ensuring regular checks and tests as prescribed by the NHS, exercise routine as well as goals/targets to work towards.

Check your blood sugar levels:

High blood sugar levels damage your blood vessels and make you more at risk of serious diabetes complications. We routinely take tests to ensure your levels stay consistent and monitored and in-between tests, we keep a close eye on your levels by doing a ‘finger-prick test’ or using a ‘flash glucose monitor’ not everyone with diabetes will need to do this, but people who are on insulin and certain types of medication will need to.

Checking your blood pressure:

High blood pressure increases your risk of diabetes complications like heart problems, kidney disease and serious eye damage. This is because the blood pressure puts a strain on your blood vessels and heart, so they can’t work properly. It’s important to know that you might still feel healthy when you have high blood pressure. Our care team will measure your blood pressure and set a personal target for you.

Maintaining cholesterol levels:

Good control of your blood sugars, blood pressure and cholesterol is critical to reducing your risk of serious complications. Cholesterol is a type of fat (or lipids) in the blood. Too much bad cholesterol can block blood vessels and stop blood getting to important organs like your heart. Our care team will arrange regular checks. We will support changes in your lifestyle which can make an overall improvement in you health, including your diabetes condition by:

Taking control of your diet

Meal Planning personalised to your diabetes condition – we offer a choice of diabetes ‘sugar free’ puddings and snacks. Our Care home managers will tailor care plans around individual requirements to ensure quality care and support by working closely with our chefs we will check salt and fat amounts in your meal times which will help keep your cholesterol and blood pressure levels in check. We will arrange regular check up’s with our dietitian who will be able to give you and our staff further dietary advice.

Looking after your eyes

You’re more at risk of serious eye damage because of your diabetes. High blood sugar levels damage the blood vessels that help the eye work properly. But while diabetes is a leading cause of preventable sight loss – you can prevent it. Our care team will arrange for regular eye screening appointments which can either be provided within our homes and we will arrange for an opticians to visit the home or to make regular appointments.

Checking feet & legs

Having diabetes means you’re much more at risk of developing serious problems with your feet. If these aren’t treated properly, it could lead to amputation. All of our care homes have a regular appointment with a certified chiropodist who carries out foot checks and nails trimming in the comfort of your own room.

Talking about how you feel

Being diagnosed with diabetes and living with a long-term condition can be difficult. All of our care teams are on hand to offer care and support and we can arrange for psychological support also from our community specialist nurse who can rest your mind with any questions or guidance you may need. 

Get in touch

Got questions? We’d love to hear from you.

Tel: 01252 871751