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Care home cash will make life easier for dementia sufferers

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 05, 2013

Castle Court Home for the elderley at Arthur St Castle Gresley..

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A SOUTH Derbyshire care home will receive a slice of a £623,000 grant to make it more dementia-friendly for residents.

Castle Court, in Linton Road, Castle Gresley, is one of the four homes Derbyshire County Council has chosen for the revamp, which will include special signs and visual prompts.

It comes after research found that poor signage in hospitals and care homes was one of the top causes of confusion and distress for people with dementia.

The project is part of a national pilot scheme to showcase the best examples of dementia-friendly residential homes.

As part of the project, an artist will be commissioned to work alongside staff and residents to develop artwork which is meaningful to the residents.

Residents, staff and relatives will also be encouraged to give their views on the design of the planned improvements, including the choice of products used.

Home manager Penny McGuinness said she was ‘delighted’ that the home would be receiving the money.

She added: “We already have an amazing facility but we can make it even better by developing some areas to encourage more social interaction.

“With people living longer, the risk of developing dementia is higher and the numbers of people with this condition are rising every year, therefore, we need to be able to meet these future demands”

Councillor Clare Neill, cabinet member for adult social care, said: “We will use the money to make improvements that will help boost the confidence of people with dementia to move around their homes on their own. This will help them to socialise with other residents.”

There are further plans to approach schools and colleges to support this work through inter-generational projects. The home already has some creative ideas about how they will help residents understand their way around their homes.

Work is expected to begin at the home in the next few weeks.

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