Remaining Active with Dementia

All of our Care and Nursing homes within the Atkinsons Private Nursing Home Group promote staying as active as possible. Having dementia doesn’t mean you have to stop living your life, just because you have moved into a Residential home We have many ways in which we will keep you active and staying independent, in touch with other people, and improve your overall quality of life. There are all sorts of activities that you can do in our homes, physical, mental social and creative. You may want to try out new activities or continue with ones you enjoy – we will try to adapt as much as possible during these Covid times which makes some activities harder to access.

  • Creating a scrapbook or photo album
  • Playing games or cards and doing word, number or jigsaw puzzles
  • Reading books, newspapers or magazines
  • Listening to audiobooks, the radio or music
  • Doing arts and crafts – for example, knitting, painting, singing, dancing, writing and poetry
  • Gardening, which could be inside or outside, example – tabletop gardening
  • Studying – for example, open university or Udemy. Any free (or paid) courses online or by postal

You may find that some activities take you longer than they did before. You may need to make changes to the way you do things or have some support to be able to do them. Atkinson Private Nursing Homes offer activities support to keep your quality of life as full as possible, making sure you can continue the hobbies you enjoy most, as well as undertaking new ones.

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Please phone individual homes for more information or contact head office.

Tel: 01252 871751
Email: Vlad@atkinsonshomes.com

Bringing back the Art of Letter Writing | Atkinsons Private Nursing Homes

Letters used to be a staple of communication. Sending news, keeping war-separated lovers connected, sharing feelings and emotions, or a way to make a friend halfway around the world.

Letters recorded our thoughts and most importantly our history. During these COVID times, our Care and Nursing homes have many ways in which we can all stay connected mainly through technology, but a handwritten letter can sometimes mean so much.

This week Angela our Activities Coordinator at Fourways residential (Our residential home in the Atkinsons private nursing homes Group) home is carrying out one-to-one sessions with residents, to promote writing cards and letters to loved ones, she is on a mission to convince others that handwritten letters should and could make a comeback!

Here are some reasons why letters are so important!

  • Handwriting is personal There is nothing quite like the personal touch of a handwritten letter, the paper is chosen, the marks of the pen of someone’s choice. The time and personal thought which went into the. Effort.
  • Letter writing takes time and thoughtfulness A text or an email isn’t usually well thought out. It is merely a ‘quick’ answer reply, but letter writing takes time and reflection and is filled with thoughts, love and news.
  • They are worth saving – not easily deleted
  • A moment in time is frozen within a letter, we usually tuck them away in a memory box or in a draw, and can provide get comfort when found again as they contain the essence of the person in our memory.

What do you think? Do you like writing letters? Comment below!

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At Atkinsons homes, we understand that families impacted by a loved one suffering a stroke can be drastic, to say the least. We understand this fact very well and we have over 40 years experience of supporting and caring for people. Our compassionate, reliable staff understand the post-stroke recovery process and have extensive experience in adapting care to specific needs.

A stroke usually affects one side of the brain. Movement and sensation for one side of the body are controlled by the opposite side of the brain. This means that if your stroke affected the left side of your brain, you will have problems with the right side of your body. If your stroke affected the right side of your brain, you will have problems with the left side of your body. Changes that may happen after a stroke on either side of the brain include the following:

  • Abnormal muscle tone. This is a nerve problem that can make your movements slow and jerky. There are different stages of muscle tone recovery.
  • Your arm, leg or joint may be limp and floppy
  • Your arm, leg or joint may move on its own when your muscle tone starts to return. It does not always do what your brain tells it to do.
  • Your arm, leg or joint begins to respond to your brain.

Recovering and living with a stroke places a high degree of emotional, mental and physical stress, not only for the survivor but also on family members as well. Our homes are dedicated to providing 24/7 assistance and inspiration throughout the day by doing the following; activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing and toileting. Overseeing an exercise program prescribed by your physio or rehabilitation team. 

Individual rooms are adapted to each resident’s needs and can include special beds, mattress, hoists, moving aids, bath seats, cutlery and other aids as required. Each room has a nurse call system and fire system, and each home has carefully monitored security systems and procedures. Most residents are registered with the local GP surgery, with medication supplied by a local pharmacist and dispensed by our trained care staff.

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

Tel: 01252 871751
Email: Vlad@atkinsonshomes.com

Multiple Sclerosis known as MS is an autoimmune disease where your immune system attacks your central nervous system by mistake. This attack damages myelin, the coating that protects nerve fibres in the brain spinal cord and eyes. The cause is unknown however it is believed that infection by a slow-moving virus or abnormalities with the immune system is related to the disease. A number of MS patients have little or no disability for many years after diagnosis.

Signs and Symptoms of MS can include:

  • Fatigue and weakness
  • The sensation of numbness, prickling or tingling
  • Coordination (tripping, dropping things)
  • Bladder and bowel dysfunction including incontinence
  • Muscle tightness or stiffness
  • Emotional, euphoria and depression
  • Abnormal reflexes, either absent or exaggerated
  • Impaired position sense
  • Impaired vision
  • Slurring of words
  • Tremor, uncoordinated movements
  • Pain, burning and itching

How we support you

We work very closely with other healthcare professionals and can make referrals through our GP for community nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech and language therapists to provide tailored care for those we support. Our clinical governance is robust and uses comprehensive guidelines, tailored support plans and health action plans to ensure that staff know exactly how to support a person to have the highest possible quality of care.

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For questions or more information regarding our Care & Support services, or even more specifically with Multiple Sclerosis in the care home setting – we’d love to hear from you

Tel: 01252 871751
Email: Vlad@atkinsonshomes.com

Quick update:

Care home Coronavirus update

COVID-19 Update from Atkinson’s Private Nursing Homes . 23/07/2021

Updated COVID 19 Visitor Restrictions


Appointments must be booked in advance and are at designated times

  • Visits are for a maximum of 1 hour to facilitate appropriate cleaning between visits.
  • Up to 4 ‘designated visitors’ are able to visit daily.
  • A valid LFD test result, completed on the day of the visit, needs to be shown to the staff – text or email response.
  • All visitors must be free of any COVID symptoms and have their temperature checked.
  • To complete the visiting proforma.
  • Visits will predominantly take place in the most ventilated area of each respective home
  • Upon arrival, you will be asked to Sanitise your hands and be given a fresh, regulated mask which must be worn for the duration of the visit
  • Hugging & kissing is discouraged at this time
  • Once your visit is completed then please inform staff by ringing the call bell.
  • Prior to leaving remove your gloves and aprons (if worn), dispose of in the clinical waste bin and sanitise your hands.
  • Remove your mask, dispose of in the clinical waste, and sanitise your hands again.

In the event of any suspected or actual outbreak of COVID within the home restrictions on visiting will immediately be implemented and all relatives will be informed accordingly.

Communication channels remain open constantly using the following tools:

  • Main Telephone Numbers of all homes and Head Office remain open
  • Postal and hand-delivered Letters/cards
  • Emails and Skype 
  • Relatives Gateway
  • Facebook, we have an individual Facebook page for every home
  • Every home has portals in place
  • What’s App
  • Zoom & Messenger

Reducing the Risk from COVID-19

  • We closed our doors to all visitors at the start of the pandemic, as the situation escalated quickly across the nation. Any visitors, such as visiting health professionals, only enter the care home if it is necessary and if they have followed strict infection control procedures. This includes wearing the correct personal protective equipment (PPE) and of course, making sure that good hand hygiene is always followed.
  • You will have seen the news about concerns relating to masks,  gloves and aprons. We want to assure you that we are following the correct procedures to make sure we protect you and our staff teams. We are keeping up to date with all the guidance and are making sure that our staff know how to use the correct equipment.
  • Any staff with symptoms, or staff who have been in contact with anyone with COVID-19,  are not coming to work and are following the government’s guidance on self-isolation. After a negative test is given, we will then do a personal test before a full return to work.
  • We do understand that not everyone will have the same symptoms of a persistent/new cough and temperature or loss of smell and taste, and our staff understand the need to look for other symptoms and act immediately.
  • Regular testing is taking place
  • We have put arrangements into place for people to keep in contact with your loved ones.    

We will of course continue to review and update changes.

A note from our Owner, Rowen Atkinson:

As a provider of the homes, I am personally committed to ensuring that all homes are well stocked with all PPE equipment, and each home has a storage amount of barrier nursing for up to 3 months in the eventuality of a 3rd lockdown. I have the taken necessary steps to ensure our kitchen larders are fully over-stocked with supplies. I support every single member of the staffing team at every home and have made myself available to always support my Management team during this very difficult time. The decisions we are making now are extremely difficult, but ones that will save lives.

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If you have any queries regarding the above please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’re more than happy to provide any information you would like and aim to be continue operating as transparently as possible with residents, their loved ones and the rest of the Sandhurst community.

Tel: 01252 871751
Email: diana@atkinsonshomes.com

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At Atkinsons Care and Nursing homes, we understand that there is a fine balance between using assistive technology and maintaining the human approach in care. Technology can be used in a variety of ways to help people with dementia in their daily living and this is known as “assistive technology” put simply, this kind of technology is any aid that can assist the frailest and most vulnerable members of society to live safely and live well in a care home environment

These are some examples of how we use Assistive Technology in our care homes:

Safety Living in our Care Homes

Assistive technology for people with dementia is designed to support security and safety, while providing a less intrusive living environment. For example, in our care settings we use motion sensor technology which is designed to alert staff when residents with a high risk of falling move away from their car or bed, in order to reduce the likelihood of falls and injuries. Safeguarding technology can be used to protect against fires, intruders, safe use of domestic appliances, and call bell alerts for individual bedrooms.

Everyday Living in our Care Homes

Assistive technologies can also be implemented to assist with a person’s daily needs. These gadgets may include temperature sensors for automatic climate control, lamp and light activation. All of our Care and Nursing homes use wireless tablet systems for care planning which monitor a person’s daily health conditions such as blood sugar, blood pressure and heart rate. This data is automatically transmitted to the appropriate health professionals, who can monitor vital signs and make appropriate decisions about necessary interventions.

Communication Technology in our Care Homes

Now more than ever in these Covid times, do we realise the importance of online communication, which keeps people connected in care and nursing homes to family and friends, which also reduces the risk of exposing vulnerable elderly groups to direct contact of potential cross-infection. All of our homes have been provided with digital portals which allow families to connect directly with loved ones. Of course this will never replace human contact but will reduce stress by residents staying connected with loved ones.

When considering the use of technology to help with dementia care, the personal needs and choices of the individual are critical. It is no use trying to mould an individual to fit in with a certain technology. The proposed technology must be able to support and suit the individual and their unique situation.

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For questions or more information regarding our Dementia Care Services, Sandhurst, we’d love to hear from you. 

Tel: 01252 871751
Email: Vlad@atkinsonshomes.com

Our Homes, based in Sandhurst, have so many benefits to support and care for people with Dementia, we have listed some ways in which we have achieved a high score in completing “The King’s Fund Dementia Assessment“, which is an assessment tool guide on Dementia studies by The University of Worcester, which reflects the latest research evidence, best practice and survey responses from those who have used the tools in practice.

Bedrooms

Each room within our Care and Nursing homes is designed with being private, cosy and a safe place which promotes a good night’s sleep. To assist our residents to find their way to their own room we have used ‘Memory framed Personalisation’ clear bright and colourful doors with professional guidance signs.

Toilets and bathrooms

By understanding that toilets and bathrooms need to be safe and easy places for a person with dementia to use. The right design and colour can help a person with dementia to maintain their independence and dignity for personal care. Our purpose-designed wet rooms and adapted baths offer extra peace of mind.

Lighting

All of our homes are bright and airy which makes the best possible use of natural daylight. We use effective lighting which is particularly important for people with dementia as it can help them make sense of their environment.

Gardens

Our gardens are designed to be both “wheelchair and Dementia-friendly” we have specialist adaptations, such as “grab rails” low-level ramps and low easy to access flower beds, which residents can enjoy attending too.

Get in touch

For questions or more information regarding our Dementia Care Services, Sandhurst, we’d love to hear from you. 

Tel: 01252 871751
Email: Vlad@atkinsonshomes.com

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
Email: Vlad@atkinsonshomes.com

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
Email: Vlad@atkinsonshomes.com

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
Email: Vlad@atkinsonshomes.com

In case you missed it:

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