Manor councillor Daniel Hawthorne is leading Stockport Council’s latest efforts to pilot a new way of supporting people with dementia who live in care homes.
The Council is working in partnership with Borough Care Ltd on a pilot scheme at Bruce Lodge in Offerton – a residential care home for older people with dementia that is owned and operated by Borough Care Ltd.
Residents at the home are offered a more personalised service and a chance to direct their own care on a day to day basis in a way that makes sense to them. It also gives them more choice over how they spend their time, including trips out in the community and supports them to make their own choices and decisions.
A key factor in the success of the project is the development of a one-page profile for each resident that details what is important to them, what they like to do and information on how best to support them. This is then shared with staff at the home who at the same time, are also being encouraged to develop their own profiles that are used to match staff with residents with the same or similar interests.
Daniel Hawthorne, Stockport Council’s Executive Member for Adult Care Services, said: “I am pleased that we are part of this ground-breaking work and that we plan to extend this to other care homes in Stockport to help deliver services that focus on the needs of the individual. By focusing on what they enjoy doing on a day to day basis it not only makes the individuals in care live happier lives, but also makes life easier for the staff who look after them.
“I look forward to sharing the learning and good practice in delivering more personalised services for people living in care homes not only locally but regionally and nationally.”
The work between the Council and Borough Care Ltd is being supported by Helen Sanderson Associates, a Stockport based consultancy which have spent the last 12 months developing this new approach to personalisation.
Visit www.stockport.gov.uk/myhome for more information about the project and to watch the introductory video.