Reconnect: Specialist Dementia Care
Our Reconnect service succeeds by offering genuine inclusion. Our ethos is, as the name suggests, to help people to reconnect with their lives. Our Reconnect communities allow for a more tailored, personal approach to dementia care. Frequently, people who come to stay at our Reconnects have previously experienced heightened levels of distress, often managed through the use of antipsychotic medications, and they may even have been declined placements elsewhere due to perceived high risks.
To reflect the traditional homely atmosphere and promote choice of activity, we’ve adapted our environments to include facilities that you may find in many people’s houses – DIY work rooms, kitchens, a laundry and gardens. We encourage everyone to use these spaces as they did in their own homes. Life history plays a big part in how we support the person - family involvement is seen as important and is actively encouraged. Our environments are calming and provide space to be alone, socialise or take part in day-to-day life tasks. It’s not uncommon for people to give a helping hand with the laundry, cleaning, or laying the table for meals; or preparing food in the kitchen and maintaining the garden.
To make this kind of living possible, we have an increased staff ratio and train every member of staff to the highest dementia care standards. Our comprehensive training and development for staff enables them to genuinely understand the needs of people and put practical, effective care plans in place to support them individually, with the lifestyle and activities that they choose.
As a result, we’ve seen people’s lives transformed. The people who live in our Reconnect communities are able to maintain life skills and derive meaning from each day by living as normally as possible. We’ve seen a significant reduction in the use of psychotropic medications, alongside improvements in people’s ability to engage with day-to-day tasks, and in the building of positive bonds with others. Self-esteem improvements and enhanced wellbeing have also been achieved.
Reconnect is now available at Green Park Care Home in Warrington, Archers Court in Sunderland, Paisley Lodge in Leeds, Ashlea Lodge Care Home in Sunderland and Middleton Park Lodge Nursing Home in Leeds.