Four care homes in Aberdeen are coming together for the first time to share knowledge on the best methods of care for people affected by dementia – at an outdoor event in the city’s Duthie Park (Friday, 24 August)
The ‘Concert at the Park; Sharing Best Practice in Dementia Care’ is a collaborative project between Renaissance Care’s Torry Care Home & Persley Castle, Caring Homes’ Hawkhill House and Laurels Lodge, operated by Four Seasons Health – four care homes in the Aberdeenshire region.
Managers from each of the homes will deliver informative presentations about initiatives which have proven effective or successful for elderly residents including a sensory stimulation project, lightbox therapy and a specialist dementia care four-pillared framework.
Around 40 elderly attendees will be joined by representatives from the Care Inspectorate and Scottish Care.
The working group will study the findings and take steps to implement them across each of their individual care homes.
One such project is a natural Sensory Garden in Renaissance Care’s Torry Care Home which gives residents the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors while promoting quality of sleep as well as enabling exercise and reducing anxiety.
Hawkhill House’s pioneering use of lightbox therapy for residents living with Alzheimer’s is also being examined. People with the condition can find it different to keep routines or recognise the shift in light patterns between night and daytime. By emitting light for a short period each morning, the therapy has been proven to improve sleep and enhance overall mood.
Yvonne Mackenzie, Director of Operations at Renaissance Care said: “This is a tremendous event and I would like to thank each of the partners for working so hard to put it together. Collaboration around specialist care for dementia is extremely effective, creating initiatives which significantly enhance the lives of people affected by the condition.
“Across Renaissance Care we’re continually looking to innovate and learn around the way we care for residents.”
Sheila Gesma, Care Home Manager at Laurels Lodge Care Home said: “We are delighted to be a part of this collaborative event, which is an excellent opportunity to share the key elements of the Four Seasons ‘Dementia Care Framework’.
“This is a specialist approach to dementia care which has been developed to enhance the experience and care of residents living with the condition and enables us to constantly evaluate and improve the way vulnerable residents are cared for in our homes.
“We’re also looking forward to learning from our co-presenters about the tools and techniques they have used to ensure elderly people living with dementia benefit from the most up-to-date thinking and technologies.”
Mel Shearer, Home Manager at Hawkhill House said: “It is amazing to see that we have overcome the barriers to promoting collaboratively in care home sectors and be equal participants to communicate, share what works and share our best practice for after all, we have a common goal and that is to promote innovation in dementia care.”