Good Shepherd Lodge has been providing specialised dementia care, both in a specific secure unit as well as within the general residential care facility since its inception and has recently completed refurbishment of two “houses” especially designed to accommodate residents requiring dementia specific care in a fully secure environment.
We believe that for a large proportion of ageing residents some form of dementia is quite common. Most are able to be cared for within the general high and low care environment with only minimal interventions required, which are “tailored” to suit the individual. Some however will be required to have more specific care plans developed, where specialised staff, including diversional therapists, nursing and other allied health staff conduct activities and programs that are dementia specific.
All areas have been designed to be dementia friendly, with tactile walls, gardens, pets and activity rooms for craft. A homely environment has been the aim with all single, ensuited rooms accessing a central courtyard and extensive secure gardens. All rooms are specifically designed to incorporate modern technology to monitor residents without invading their privacy.
Families are encouraged to visit and participate in activities and qualified staff are on hand to support them in coming to terms with a loved one’s condition and behaviours. Residents are encouraged to participate in appropriate general activities such as chapel, singing, sitting dance and bingo and where necessary are accompanied by staff from their area to avoid unnecessary confusion. Bus outings are provided weekly as all residents enjoy getting out and about within various areas of the community.