Dementia and nursing care home provider Church Farm Care has signed up to a £149,000 hearing and dementia study led by the Institute of Mental Health at the University of Nottingham.
The ORCHARD Hearing Project, which runs until June 2018, aims to support hearing related communication between carers and care home residents living with dementia by reviewing care, hearing and dementia literature, and discussing issues with a panel of experts.
Lucy Atkinson from Church Farm Care said: “We are very pleased to be involved in this important research and to be able to provide an insight into the care we provide for our residents suffering with dementia and hearing loss.
“As dementia care specialists, it is fantastic to be able to actively support such an important research project that hopes to improve life for those with hearing loss and dementia. The panel brings together experts from the sector who are all working for the joint objective of providing the best quality of life for dementia care home residents.”
Nottinghamshire-based Church Farm Care has four care homes across West Bridgford, Radcliffe-on-Trent and Cotgrave.
The ORCHARD study team will be presenting its findings at academic conferences, as well as through peer review journals and will be sharing them with local care home organisations.
Other organisations involved in the ORCHARD Hearing Project include Wren Hall nursing home, NIHR Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Research Centre, and Patient and Public Involvement in Research.