We have 5 lounges, 4 are on the ground floor. These rooms are designed environmentally to match each stage of Dementia (early, middle and later stages).
These rooms are always changing and adapting to the needs of the people living in the home. They also fluctuate in number depending upon the number of people at each stage and to the social characteristics within the home. Each of these rooms has tables and chairs to eat meals for people relevant to each stage. Some people choose to orientate themselves to different rooms to sit with their friends, or maybe because they prefer to have a quick nap in a room in which therapeutic music is being played, they may choose to join in with the activities that are going on.
When visiting the home for the first time these rooms can seem particularly busy in comparison to other homes; this is because most of the people who live in the home do not spend very much of their time in their bedroom or upper floor lounges preferring to be amongst the people who they live with and the staff team.
The home complies with all safety, security and sizes of rooms with CQC.
Our back garden is fully equiped with secure gates, the front doors have a security system. All the windows have window restrictors which can only be opened to 10cm and can not be overridden. Radiators have wooden covers, hot water taps have preset valves to prevent scalding, bedroom doors have a personal key and can be locked from the inside but for safety can be overridden with a master key. All rooms including bathrooms, communal rooms and bedrooms have a call bell system and appropriate signage, we also have orientation walls to assist anybody feeling lost within the building. Carpets are plain to help with depth perceptions that people living with Dementia can experience. Bedrooms have a motion sensor alarm system which alerts night staff if somebody gets up and is moving about during the night. All bedroom doors and hallway doors have door alarms which can be activated during a Covid 19 outbreak to assist the home with quarrantining. We have many assistive technology items within our call bell system, for example, chair matt alarms which assist with safety for indviduals who are at a higher risk of falls, etc.