Care England CEO, Professor Martin Green OBE, has visited a pioneering dementia care home in Gravesend, Kent.
The Mayflower Care Home is one of 12 Canford Healthcare-owned homes receiving specialist training designed to support best practice and leadership in dementia care.
All home staff, from kitchen and domestic staff through to carers and nurses, receive the training to ensure continuity of practice and understanding of the challenges faced by residents on a daily basis.
Martin said: “I am delighted to have had the opportunity to visit Mayflower Care Home. Their innovative approach towards people living with dementia is working well; staff have put into practice all their learning, with the end result being that residents are extremely well looked after. Dementia can be a very challenging condition and such person-centred care is leading the way.”
Apart from the training, the two main strands of the home’s dementia strategy are nutrition and wellness.
Mayflower works with catering supplier Caterplus on better menu formulation and the introduction of colour-coded serving utensils to facilitate more balanced and accurate individual portion control.
This is supplemented by sweet and savoury snacks in containers called Grazeboxes. These are important to residents who prefer to graze throughout the day rather than eating a full meal.
The home also offers a varied programme of activities every morning and afternoon, seven days a week in partnership with Oomph!
Nicola Bundock, Mayflower’s Home Manager, said: “At Mayflower, we aim to lead the way and provide the best possible care for our residents with dementia. This means offering person-centred care – ensuring that they get the right nutritional balance for them each day and having the opportunity to participate in varied and engaging activities.”