Choosing a care home for someone living with dementia is an important decision. As the UK’s leading provider of dementia care, we can offer you support and peace of mind.
We combine experience and expertise to care for over 11,000 residents in our homes. Our partnerships with the Alzheimer’s Society and experts at Bradford University’s Dementia Research Group ensure our care reflects the latest and best in contemporary practice.
Person First, dementia second
We respect all our residents as individuals, taking the time to get to know them so we can personalise the way we care for them. Our approach is Person First, dementia second, and our care revolves around each person’s own needs, not fixed rules and routines.
The Map of Life
With the help of family and loved ones, we create a Map of Life for every new resident. This is our unique way of getting to know them. By creating this picture of a person’s life, we can ensure that daily routines are filled with meaningful activity.
We base our care on each resident’s likes, dislikes and habits. We find out things like what time they prefer to get up in the morning, what foods they like, and the type of films they enjoy. Then we create a Lifestyle Profile to help them feel familiar, safe and comfortable.
Unique to Bupa meaningful moments are conversations or times spent with carers that are brief, yet evocative to the person with dementia. They are based on what a resident likes to talk about or look at and can be planned encounters or spontaneous “spur of the moment” interactions which can last for a few minutes or maybe even less than 60 seconds. Personalized rummage boxes can be a wonderful way to trigger emotional memories and energize meaningful moments’ activity.
Reminiscing can bring back happy memories for our residents and create a sense of wellbeing. So we encourage family and loved ones to help residents put together a Memory Box filled with meaningful items such as photographs, keepsakes and other special objects collected over the years. Attached to the wall outside a resident’s room, these also act as a way of them recognising their room.
Many of our homes also have reminiscence areas with everyday items and images from the past. You’re welcome to join residents in these areas during visits, to share good times and old memories together.
Family and loved ones
Our residents are important to us, and we enjoy building relationships with the people closest to them. Family and loved ones often wish to be part of care home life – from joining the relatives’ committee, to organising activities and helping out in the garden. Relatives often say this helps them to feel closer to their loved one, and that they’re playing a key part in their care.
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