RMBI Care Co. Home Connaught Court in Fulford, York, celebrated the opening of its new enhanced care Dementia Support House this week.

The Home currently provides residential, nursing and dementia care for up to 94 residents and was rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission earlier this year.

Named ‘Ebor’, the early name of York in Britain, the new Dementia Support House, has been specially designed for residents with advanced dementia and will provide enhanced care for seven residents.

The idea for the new facility came about after the Home identified a need for a separate area, where specific sensory supportive care could be provided.

Care staff will follow the highly regarded Namaste ethos of care, which has two basic principles: a loving, personal approach and a calm soothing environment.

Among the facilities is a newly installed Namaste Sensory Room, which is full of multi-coloured optic light, bubble tubes, lava lamps and a sound box playing sounds of nature. All of which can provide a stimulating or a relaxing environment, depending on the needs of residents.

Victoria Wilson, Home Manager at Connaught Court, said: “With growing numbers of people living with advanced dementia, we are constantly looking at new ways to provide the best care now and in the future.

“We’re absolutely delighted that our new Dementia Support House has become a reality as it will allow us to take our enhanced dementia care to the next level. The sensory room is extraordinary and we’re proud to be one of the few care homes to have one.

“Ebor has been made possible thanks to the support and belief of the trustees and senior management at RMBI Care Co. and driven by the passion of the team here at Connaught Court.”

Among the guests attending the opening celebration were nurses and health practitioners from the local community who work in close partnership with the Home.