Dementia is not a normal part of ageing. It is an umbrella term for a group of symptoms that reflect progressive damage to the nerve cells within the brain with a number of different causes. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, more people are now being diagnosed with a combination of Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia. We know that by building compassionate, trusting relationships, knowing the individuals’ biography, personality and life journey we can help people (and their families and friends who share the journey) to live enjoyable, stimulating and fulfilling lives. Families and friends form an important part of our relationships in these communities; we offer regular forums and education sessions to support and engage wider family and friends. Our care journey will start with us learning more about your life using our “About Me” folio and “How I like to spend my day”. This is just the start. We also build a lifestyle profile to ensure each day meets all aspects of the six senses framework which is uniquely personal to the person we care for.
The memory care program is designed for senior adults with cognitive impairments as a result Alzheimer’s or related dementia. We can accommodate residents with early, middle and late stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Our program has been innovatively developed by dementia experts with decades of personal and professional experience. Appreciating the unpredictable patterns associated with memory limitations, our team of experts has been specially trained to overcome the unique challenges associated with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
The memory care residence incorporates uniquely detailed building designs and a circle of care philosophy ensuring a family friendly, compassionate environment through personalized attention, which allows our residents to regain a sense of independence and enhance their quality of life. From floor plans and furnishings to activities and programming, the memory care program has been carefully designed to provide programming, the memory care program has been carefully designed to provide a stimulating, yet manageable living space. We have created an atmosphere that nurtures life and living by encouraging our residents to be who they are, celebrating their lives and the joys of life yet to come! a stimulating, yet manageable living space. We have created an atmosphere that nurtures life and living by encouraging our residents to be who they are, celebrating their lives and the joys of life yet to come!
Our caring team work with the resident’s families to complete the "Life History" assessment and develop an individualized care plan tailored around each resident’s habits, needs and preferences. Learning each resident’s special life story allows Bloom to engage in meaningful conversations and interesting activities that helps our residents Bloom!
Alzheimer’s and dementia does not stop a baker from wanting to bake, an artist from wanting to paint or a fisherman from wanting to fish. While some residents may have lost their short term memories, our mission, through our sensory-based programming, personalized services and resident centered care, 24-hour full calendar of activities, exercise programmes, is to stimulate the long term memories that remain intact allowing our residents to continue being who they have always been.
As the prevalence of people with dementia increases we naturally support many families on their journey with dementia. Our aim is to maintain a quality of life for each individual that reflects their personality and life choices, recognising the uniqueness of the person and responding to their individual needs with dignity and respect. Our philosophy of relationship centred care is all the more important in the communities where people live with dementia. Our approach is feelings-based to reflect the reality of the experiences of the people who live with us.
Our care teams receive extensive knowledge and skills development to help them feel confident with their additional communication and observational skills to support people we care for with dementia. We regularly conduct observational audits to continuously improve the quality of the lived experience for people living and working in our communities.
We are members of the Dementia Action Alliance reporting quarterly at a national level on our progress to meet our annual action plan to improve dementia care services, we have signed up to the national Dementia Pledge and are actively involved in a range of research projects with universities in England and Scotland to improve standards of dementia care nationally.