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.

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

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

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

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:

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.

Get in touch

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

Tel: 01252 871751
Email: Vlad@atkinsonshomes.com

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The importance of a Personalised Environment

At Atkinsons Care Home, Sandhurst, we pride ourselves on being a ‘home from home’. One of the way’s we do these is by personalising the residents surrounding.

A personalised environment is very important in a Care home. Part of making sure residents have the dignity and respect they deserve is freedom of choice. The freedom to decorate their space the same way they would if they were completely independent.

This can be represented through people’s own choices on how they may like their own surroundings to be. These personal choices are offered in many ways throughout the home, from the preferred door colour and a collage of memories to a vast array of meal choices.

Other areas we ensure are personalised :

  1. Care Plans:
    • By tailoring care plans to individuals needs, we are respecting their right to care choices and upholding their human rights.
  2. Activities & Crafts:
    • These are essential for keeping an active mind. We are committed to aiding the continuation of hobbies as well as taking up new ones.
  3. Celebrations:
    • Birthday’s & other celebrations are important occasions to make a person feel special. Our chefs will design and prepare a personalised cake, and all care staff will make our resident’s day extra special.

Get in touch

If you’d like to learn more about our vacancies or have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch. 

Tel: 01252 871751
Email: Vlad@atkinsonshomes.com

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In today’s consumer environment, many large corporate chains have taken over, leaving little room for small independent family businesses. Price is a huge benefit to using large chains. However, the cost of losing local businesses is much greater. Add the threat of a COVID market and this is an increasingly relevant topic.

Atkinson’s Homes have been supporting local businesses for over 40 years! We believe local communities thrive by partnering with local companies and suppliers. We actively encourage a sustainable community, as well as building strong relationships with locally established family businesses.

Benefits of using Local Produce

Knowing where our food has come from

It allows us to have better control over the freshness of our meals. We have greater control over the quality of the food we provide for our residents. This is especially reassuring in today’s C-19 world.

Environmental Impact

By using local suppliers we can limit environmental impact. Buying local allows us to reduce our carbon footprint. Fresh foods take a lot less time to travel to reach our dinner plates.

Fresh Seasonal Produce

By using local suppliers we can ensure the freshness of our food. Buying local means produce is exposed less to harsh chemicals. Mix this with the reduced travel time and you get some extremely fresh food!

Do you support local?

Comment below how you are supporting local businesses and the community. If you have any ideas or want to collaborate with us don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Link: Our local business director

Tel: 01276 31838

Email: Vlad@atkinsonshomes.com

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The decision to move into a Care Home is a big life-changing event, especially with current events. As such, it comes accompanied by common and understandable fears. Below we have outlined some examples of common fears of moving into a care home that many residents suffer with and how we can help them overcome these issues.

When faced with helping a loved one make this decision, it is useful to be aware of what might cause them to feel fearful. It is also crucial that you know how best to explain that. Although their anxiety is understandable, moving into a care home can be a hugely positive step.

Loss of independence

The fear:

Many people worry that moving into a care home signals a loss of their independence. That as soon as they move in they will no longer be able to make their own decisions.

The reality:

Moving into a care home often improves an individual’s independence! By providing them with the help and tools they need, it enhances their day-to-day. The aim of a Care Home is not to hinder independence but to encourage and support the elderly in living as independent a life as possible. Our job is not to get in the way but enable.

Residents at Atkinsons Homes are encouraged to continue with their hobbies, such as arts and crafts, gardening and flower arranging. Additionally, residents are free to take part in the programme of activities on offer. This includes board games, walks, singing groups or visits. We proactively support the choice of activity.

Becoming a burden

The fear:

Elderly people often feel that, if their relatives are encouraging them to move to a care home, it is because they have become a burden to them. This could not be further from the truth!

The reality:

Families usually start to look at the option of a care home for their elderly relative because they care deeply about their quality of life. They view a care home to facilitate an improvement in their general day to day happiness and wellbeing.

Living in a care home means that loved ones can enjoy the company of their elderly relative free from the burdens of certain stresses that come from still living at home.  This way time together is not spent catching up on necessary chores, but quality family time.

This should be viewed as a positive way of improving your relationship by giving both parties a break from things like repairs, cleaning, and cooking. You can eat together without having to worry about the washing up. Gardening can still be enjoyed without you both wondering who will do the sweeping up afterwards.

Being reliant on other people

The fear:

People are often reluctant to accept help because they do not want to admit to themselves, or anyone else, that they are struggling in their daily life.

The reality:

Accepting help should never be viewed as a weakness. By communicating to your loved one that this is simply an enhancement to their life rather than a NEED for help – the transition is often smoother. Allow them to understand that this will lead to a more comfortable life and, in turn, increase their quality of life.

At Atkinson’s Homes, help is on hand 24 hours a day. We offer a fresh and flexible catering service, such as fitness or arts and crafts. In addition, we have medical supplies readily available from experts who get to know all residents well. This close relationship allows them to fully understand and tailor care to their individual needs.

The unknown

The fear:

This is a fear that is widely felt by many people of all ages. In this instance though, it is most likely to manifest itself through fear of an unfamiliar environment.

If they have lived in their home for a very long time, or even only lived in their family home, it is bound to provide a feeling of safety and comfort. Moving out of this and into a care home can be scary.

The reality:

The best way of overcoming this fear is by seeing just how warm, friendly, and homely a care home can be. We have information available on our website about our excellent accommodation. But of course, if you would prefer, the best option may be to ask your relative if they would like to see a high-quality care home for themselves.

This way, they can ask questions and you can see what kind of environment might work best for them should they choose to take advantage of its benefits. This is a process that shouldn’t be rushed – always be empathetic to their feelings and if something doesn’t feel right for them don’t ignore it.

Being alone

The fear:

One of the most common fears of moving into a care home, that most of us fear at some stage in our lives; being alone. However, this fear can become more acute with age and is especially true if a person has suffered the loss of loved ones.

This also becomes one of the primary fears when it comes to moving home. Your relative may worry that a change in situation will come with a loss of companionship between those who they currently see regularly.

The reality:

You can reassure them that this is not the case. As pre-mentioned, a move into a care home will lead to more quality time together, as opposed to time spent performing chores. They will also have the chance to forge long-lasting friendships with their fellow residents, as well as with our friendly staff. This is likely the best way of explaining that these fears, although understandable, is unfounded.

And, more recently – COVID Security

The fear:

With everything going on, it can be even harder to think making this change is a good idea. Will they be safe? How and when can we actually move in?

The reality:

There is no denying that moving into a care home is a big step for anyone, and the way in which care homes have been affected by coronavirus is understandably making families nervous about accessing their services. Despite the many frightening stories, lots of people are still living positive and healthy lives in care homes

We are taking every possible precaution to ensure the safety of both existing and new residents:

  • Regular Covid testing of both staff and residents
  • Extensive PPE equipment for all staff
  • Stopped visiting until advised by a government official. After that, we will assess the situation and make an informed decision.
  • Virtual tours – We are offering virtual tours to help ease any ‘unknown’ in the process.
  • Making sure the connection to families is the utmost priority. With zoom and phone calls, letter writing and reviewing visitation constantly for safety.
  • Constantly reviewing our procedures as information presents.

Get in touch

We hope that you were able to take valuable insights away from this – helping you to understand the common fears of moving into a care home. Atkinsons Homes are here to support you and welcome any questions you may have:

Tel: 01276 31838

Email: opsmanageratkinsonnursing@gmail.com

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Strong vs authoritarian leadership

Care and Nursing homes need strong leadership in place to be managed successfully. So, what does a Successful care manager look like?

Some leaders assume strong management is dominating. Bossing their workforce around and controlling every aspect of their work. However, an authoritarian leadership style is the worst kind of leadership in a Care setting. It causes knock-on effects leaving staff unmotivated, feeling unappreciated and with low morale. As a result, this can then lead to poor quality of care towards residents. This systematically changes the environment of a once happy home, into a controlled depressing place to both live and work.

Kindness, compassion & respect

A successful Care Manager leads by example. Compassion, kindness, and respect to all. Spreading love around the home and wider community. A firm direction is needed to ensure compliance and regulatory legislation is upheld. This should be done through the empowerment of resource information and training in a constructive manner.

A Care Manager who thinks they know all the answers inevitably doesn’t. Asking your team for ideas and information sets the correct tone. Which, in turn, gives others opportunities to bring ideas forward. Have the willingness to listen to ‘out of the box’ ideas. You never know when a pivotal idea may crop up. A good Care Manager will ensure their staff members feel comfortable to speak their truth and uphold a ‘no-blame’ culture. Allow lessons to be learnt, and help staff members to understand that we are working together towards a common goal; ‘the best care possible’.

Being a Successful care manager in today’s climate can be stressful. Ultimately, the responsibility weighs heavily on their shoulders. However, it is always worth it. This role gives a strong sense of purpose. It’s an honour to be part of people’s lives during their final chapter. There is a strong sense of fulfilment while carrying out our duties.

Get in touch

Tel: 01276 31838

Email: Vlad@atkinsonshomes.com

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Exercise for seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia

Exercise is an excellent way to improve well-being and reduce challenging behaviours in seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

The important thing is to find exercises that are enjoyable and safe for their ability level.

Staying active also improves sleep, strength, and circulation. It’s also a great way to boost mood and self-esteem. 

12 ideas for physical activities for People with dementia

Simple activities

  1. Short walk – one of the best exercises around (and it is free!). Walking around the house, the garden or outside for any amount of time is wonderful for body and mind. You could even combine the walk by doing an errand together like walking the dog or going to the grocery store.
  2. The sit to stand exercise – strengthens muscles needed for essential activities like using the toilet.
  3. Stay balanced in a standing position (hold on to a Support when needed). This will improve balance and posture. It can be a standalone exercise or part of an everyday activity like washing dishes.
  4. Stretch while lying in bed – move various body parts and stretch muscles. This can be done with assistance or independently.
  5. Sit unsupported for a few minutes each day (with constant supervision to prevent falls) – strengthens the abdominal and back muscles which in turn improves posture.

Moderate activities

  1. Stretches and/or strength exercises – try this simple chair stretching routine or this easy strength to balance routine. 
  2. Gardening – something simple like raking or pulling weeds gives a sense of accomplishment and is a great workout.
  3. Tai chi style movement – slow movements that can be adapted for a variety of physical conditions.
  4. Household tasks – basic cleaning/tidying can be great exercise, like folding laundry, dusting, or light hoovering.

Advanced activities

  1. Dancing – this is a fun activity that does not feel like exercise. Play your older adult’s favourite dance music at home and lead them in a private dance party in the living room. 
  2. Exercise class – some senior centres or similar organizations offer classes specifically for people with dementia
  3. Brisk walk/jog – very much depending on ability, aerobic exercise for at least 15 mins a day

If you have any questions regarding your current situation or queries around activities for people with dementia, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and we’d be delighted to find a way to help. Also in our Dementia Care series, we have covered finding the right home and providing a healthy & balanced diet.

Get in touch:

Tel: 01276 31838

Email: Vlad@atkinsonshomes.com

Useful links:

Alzheimers Society

NHS Dementia Guide