Compassionate care for people living with dementia 

Excelcare-Types-of-Care-Dementia-Care-Inside-Image.jpgCaring for a loved one living with dementia can be very hard, both emotionally and physically and there may come a time when it’s necessary to consider respite care or long-term residential dementia care or nursing dementia care, depending on the person’s needs. 

At Excelcare, we understand that this can be a very difficult and emotional decision – which is why our empathetic and skilled teams are there to support you and your family every step of the way.

People considering a move into our care homes are encouraged to come along and join us for events and activities, lunch with a family member or an overnight stay prior to their move, helping to support familiarity and ease the transition.

During these visits, they will find we have nurtured safe, relaxed environments within our residential dementia and nursing dementia care homes. Clear signage explains what an area’s function is, such as the lounge or toilet, sensory gardens provide stimulation, there are a range of items which support on-going independence such as adapted cutlery and dinnerware, and engaging feature areas and rooms encourage people to interact with their surroundings in a positive way.

Our approach to dementia care

We appreciate and embrace the fact that everyone is an individual, with different likes, dislikes, life histories, skills, achievements and aspirations. We also strongly believe these things remain a crucial part of who you are, irrespective of living with dementia.

This is why, across our care homes, our dedicated teams, who have received specialist dementia training, focus on people’s abilities and, through a deep understanding of each person, we are able to embrace their reality, despite it often being very different to our own. 

Through our person-centred, feelings-based approach, we are skilled at connecting with the person behind their dementia, despite any communication challenges they may be facing. This enables us to live in the moment with them and create opportunities for meaningful engagement. 
We believe it is very important to ensure everyone’s views are heard and their rights protected. So, alongside our team members, who strive to gain current feedback and opinions, we actively encourage on-going family involvement and promote access to advocacy support. Therefore, even if people become increasingly unable to communicate in the traditional way, their voice is still heard.

Ultimately, in partnership with residents and those closest to them, and through our team members’ gentle touch, reassuring words and quiet encouragement, individuals are able to embrace life and experience happiness, laughter, true connections and ultimately live well with dementia.