The team at Weybourne care home are taking the right approach when it comes to care and support for those living with dementia. They recognise the importance of person-centered care and stimulating activities for the residents and have created engaging and vibrant environments for residents to start a new chapter in their life when moving into the home.
This perspective is essential in shifting away from the traditional institutional model of care and embracing a more holistic and person-centered approach.
The team at Weybourne understand the use of stimulating activities and how they can significantly benefit people with dementia by promoting cognitive function, enhancing emotional well-being, and in some cases, reducing agitation.
Activities are tailored around every resident observing their varying interests and abilities, and residents are supported to revisit their interests regularly.
This week at Weybourne, Alan, who has lived at Weybourne for a few years, took an instant interest in gardening when he first moved into the home. Alan said he’s ‘not keen on being indoors and would far rather be doing something active outside’. The team at Weybourne took this onboard and looked at how to utilise Alans’ time in a way that would interest him.
They started by inviting pupils from St Pauls’ Academy, to help Alan and other residents to plant seeds and bulbs in the raised flower beds. Since then, Alan and other residents have regularly tended to the raised flower beds and other garden jobs ensuring their plants were growing. Fast forward to Monday 17th July the pupils from the Academy returned to help Alan to harvest the crops! Alan was delighted to see what vegetables had grown and pulled out over 40 Carrots and 20 Onions! The pupils commented how satisfying it was to see the fruits of their labour and to grow food for the residents to enjoy. Alan agreed but also said he was pleased to have shown and taught the younger generation how to grow their own food, ‘an important life skill’ as Alan so kindly put it!
Once Alan and the pupils picked the vegetables, they delivered the goods to Weybournes kitchen staff who suggested a carrot cake (or two) was in order!
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