What do we do?
We provide 24 hour nursing care for adults aged 18 years and over who are living with dementia and/or mental illness; we aim to be person-centred in our care and this may mean that our goals, and the ways in which the Home is presented and operates, differ from more traditional care settings.
Stonebridge is registered with the Care Quality Commission.
Stonebridge is, first and foremost, a home; some of us work here, some of us live here, but whatever we’re doing, we’re doing it together.
We have come to understand that there needs to be a huge shift in dementia care and that the only way to achieve it is to make the commitment – learn, change, grow – be prepared to get it wrong and try again – understanding always that people have placed huge trust in us and the responsibility that accompanies this can be overwhelming if you don’t retain a clear, undimming vision.
We believe that the challenges our residents face can be met, sometimes overcome, when everyone works together – staff, family, friends, health & social care professionals – and that positive relationships between all these groups produce positive, life-affirming care. We acknowledge the achievements, joys, tragedies and regrets that have shaped our residents’ lives, and know that our position in sharing part of their journey is both a privilege and a responsibility.
Dementia Care Home
We believe in person-centred care; this means that when caring for someone living with dementia, we are constantly striving to achieve a state of emotional well-being and to establish the feelings that lie behind key behaviours or actions. We will do whatever we can to maintain a contented state, and will, for example , try to recreate elements of their working or social & family lives which make them feel secure, loved, valued and wanted.
You may see a resident with a typewriter or an abacus – she may have been a secretary or wages clerk. A lady who was in service or raised a family may be busy with a duster and polish, while a car mechanic or DIY enthusiast may walk the corridors examining the different items left around on tables or secured to walls. A person-centred dementia care unit will be full of “stuff”, and you will no doubt be encouraged to add to it! We know from current research that a key element of advancing dementia is the need to be busy, to go to work, to be meaningfully occupied. Not for our dementia residents the formality of activity sessions – we aim to have “stuff” going on all of the time, maintaining short but plentiful interactions with all residents. Our staff may not look much like butterflies, but that’s how we want them to work – continuous movement and interaction. Tables with books and newspapers; hatracks covered with caps, scarves, bonnets; toolboxes; kitchen equipment; lots and lots of ornaments that residents can pick up and take away or deposit somewhere they feel more appropriate! You will find rummage boxes of material of different colours and textures tipped on to the floor for people to pick up, stroke, hold against their face – and before blind panic sets in here, yes, we are acutely aware of Health & Safety , infection control and risk assessment! But we are also responsible for helping people with dementia live their lives in ways that are good and right for them, even if that means learning to cope with situations and activities that seem a bit, well, odd.
Every month the entire team gets together to assess every resident – their physical status, any changes in their functional ability, any referrals that need to be made, any suggested changes to their care regime. The input of carers, nurses, the cook and housekeeping team is vital to ensuring that our residents are always seen as whole people and not diagnostic categories.
This process is evolving at Stonebridge; the staff are undertaking a great deal of training to prepare them to give the very best care to people who might otherwise face the possibility of living every day feeling insecure, defensive and anxious. We all need someone who understands us and loves us, just the way we are.