Swindon sees opening of purpose-built dementia specialist care home
A NEW specialist dementia care home in North Swindon has welcomed its first residents.
Abbey House, based in Richardson Road, Abbey Meads is equipped to care for 73 residents over three floors and once fully operational will employ 200 staff.
Ten people have already moved into the home and are settling in well.
Specialist dementia care in Swindon
Abbey House will specialise in providing both residential and nursing care for people across the dementia spectrum, from those who are physically active, to people who may have medical conditions complicated by living with dementia requiring nursing care and those who require end of life care.
Erica Pryce, registered nurse manager at the home and psychiatric nurse of 17 years said the home would steadily accept more residents to ensure a smooth transition into the home.
"Happy staff and happy residents make a successful home that's why we are taking residents on slowly to make sure they are settled and happy.
We want to do everything possible to keep up morale of the residents here, keep the mind active and engaged and make it a positive experience for everyone."
The layout and facilities of Abbey House have been carefully designed to meet Stirling dementia care standards, a framework that ensures the needs of those living with dementia are met.
Each floor is equipped with features such as specialist lights and windows to ensure the best level of care is provided.
Individualised approach to dementia care
"I’m very proud with the relationships and bonds I can already see developing between the staff and residents," Erica explains.
"What makes us different is that we provide activities tailored to each person’s individual needs. Before we opened people asked us what activities we would put on, bingo, bowls, things like that. Our answer is, we don’t know, we will do whatever fits the resident best. They are making salt dough today which they are enjoying."
Abbey House is registered to care for 73 residents, and once fully occupied, the home will be split into six units, known as communities, depending on level of care needed.
The £8 million care home is the latest investment by Milestones Trust – a charity with a long history of providing care and support to vulnerable people with learning disabilities, mental health needs and dementia across the South West.
Milestones Trust CEO John Hoskinson said: “As a care provider with 30 years’ expertise behind us, we have built a reputation on providing the best possible care and support services where they are needed.
“We are delighted to have worked with Barclays to bring this expertise to Swindon and provide residential care to support those living with dementia in the local area.”
Visitors are welcome to look round the new development, and staff are currently being recruited. For more information, visit the Abbey House website or phone 01793 987 730.
Source: Swindon Advertiser 13/08/16