At Atkinson’s Private Care & Nursing Homes, Sandhurst, we are always looking for crafty ideas to make with our residents.

Angela, our activities co-ordinator at Fourways, will be recycling and reusing jam jars with the residents as a part of their weekly activities.

Here are her five ideas to get you crafty;

  1. Pincushion and Sewing Kits – You can keep all your sewing bits together in a jar and you can even make the lid into a pin cushion
  2. Memory Jars To keep all little mementoes like shells, dried flowers or small souvenirs, you can make a different memory jar for each trip, you can label the front with the dates you went.
  3. Inspiration Jars – Write some of your favourite quotes, poems and pieces of advice down on separate scraps of paper and fill a jar with them. Whenever you feel in need of a boost, take one out a read it.
  4. Jewellery Storage Jars If you’re always misplacing your jewellery, you can keep it all together in one place.
  5. Grow your own herbs – Even if you don’t have a garden, you can get in on the grow-your-own craze by putting a thin layer of gravel in an empty jam jar, half-filling with soil and planting your favourite herb seeds, you can put on your kitchen window-sill, your own herb garden.

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Making Life easier with Dementia

Having dementia doesn’t mean you need to stop doing the things you enjoy, but it can make things more difficult.

The following tips might help:

  • Put a regular routine in place – you might find it easier and more reassuring to do things at the same time each day or week. If you find you feel better at certain times of the day try to arrange activities for this part of the day.
  • Keep things straightforward – simplify your routine or daily tasks to make them more manageable.
  • Take things one step at a time – try to focus on one thing at a time and break each task down into smaller steps.
  • Put out the things you need before starting an activity so that you have a visual prompt – for example, tools for gardening or ingredients for cooking.
  • Try to reduce any distractions – for example, background noise if you are trying to read.

For any more advice in living with Dementia, or you may be interested in our short-term Dementia breaks in our Care or Nursing homes, please call any of our homes individually or Head Office

Get in touch

We’d love to hear from you. If you have any question regarding the above info, or anything else don’t hesitate to contact us.

Types of Dementia

There are many different types of dementia. It is not always clear why some people get dementia while others don’t, it depends on a combination of genes, age, health and lifestyle.

Vascular Dementia

There are several types of Vascular dementia. One type is caused by a stroke (called stroke-related dementia) another is caused by the poor blood supply to parts of the brain (called subcortical vascular dementia)

The word ‘Vascular” relates to blood vessels and is the result of problems with blood supply to the brain. Nerve cells need oxygen and nutrients from the blood to survive. Vascular dementia sometimes follows a large stroke (called post-stroke dementia) more often though it comes after a number of small strokes (called multi-infarct dementia)

Early Changes

Common early changes include difficulty planning, thinking quickly or concentrating. There may also be a sense of heightening anxiety, which can also be feelings of depression. Memory loss isn’t always common in the early stages.

Dementia with Lewy bodies

Lewy bodies are also found in people with Parkinson’s disease, which is called “ Parkinson’s disease dementia. Similar to the plaques and tangles of Alzheimer’s disease, they disrupt the way the brain functions, they reduce the levels of chemical messenger’s and cause nerve cells to die. This form of dementia gets its name from tiny clumps of protein that develop inside nerve cells, called LB.

Get in touch

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

Tel: 01252 871751
Email: opsmanageratkinsonnursing@gmail.com

The Importance of Maintaining Dignity In Care

At Atkinson’s Care and Nursing homes, we understand that Dignity for our residents is paramount.

All of our Care and Nursing teams have been professionally trained in Dignity and Respect for quality person-centred caregiving. We assess each resident individually to establish their own preferences and choices, which are essential to our care planning around everyone’s unique requirements.

These are a few of the many ways our service promotes Dignity within our homes:

  • Involve Residents and families, to tailor their presences of care and support
  • Respect all personal space and possessions
  • Handle hygiene activities sensitively and discreetly
  • Understand how to detect pain and to respond with medical assistance
  • Promote social activities, which are meaningful to the individual
  • Let people make their own decisions which give them empowerment
  • Be available to always listen to how another may feel.

Get in touch

For a Complimentary Assessment of care and support needs, please contact our head office and they will arrange a call to suit you or your love one. the Registered Home manager will call you directly and discuss your care and support we can offer.

Identifying Dementia – Changes in behaviour

All of our staff are fully trained in Identifying and understanding and Dementia.

There are certain changes in behaviour which can help in identifying dementia. A person may start to behave differently as their dementia progresses.

Many loved ones and friends can find dealing with this more difficult than adjusting to changes such as memory loss. Some common changes you may see include:

  • Restlessness – for example, pacing or fidgeting
  • Repetition – for example, asking the same questions, or repeating an action, over and over
  • Night-time waking, sleeplessness. Also known as ‘sundowning’ – is a term given for increased agitation or confusion in the late afternoon and early evening
  • Putting things in unusual places, and then forgetting where they are
  • Lack of inhibition, such as socially inappropriate behaviour in public. This is particularly common in the behavioural form of frontotemporal dementia
  • Suspicion – for example, the person thinking someone has taken something which belongs to them when they have actually mislaid it.

Get in touch

We’d love to hear from you. Get in touch for a free care needs assessment by contacting your nearest Atkinson’s home, or head office. We will guide you through the necessary steps for short or long term stays.

Resources:

Dementia UK

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.

Get in touch

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

Tel: 01252 871751
Email: opsmanageratkinsonnursing@gmail.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.

Get in touch

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: opsmanageratkinsonnursing@gmail.com

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: opsmanageratkinsonnursing@gmail.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: opsmanageratkinsonnursing@gmail.com