A Bupa UK care home is taking part in an extensive research trial to improve the quality of life of residents living with dementia.
The initiative aims to introduce new techniques and practices at The Lindsay Care Home in Dorset, to help soothe common challenges that dementia residents are faced with. The trial will include aromatherapy sessions which aim to relax, increase appetite, improve mood and help residents sleep. Staff will introduce scented fusers around the home, alongside basic hand massage sessions which will be practised daily with relaxing oils.
The home also plans to improve the mobility of residents through physiotherapy, and will work alongside local company, BWT, who will host a weekly class designed to strengthen the muscles and improve balance. The classes will combine fun activities with coordination techniques to adjust resident’s movement patterns and increase safety when mobile.
As well as therapy-based trials, there will be an introduction of bright colours into the home, which will include bright handrails and coloured walking sticks to reduce the number of falls. Through this collective approach, the home hopes to reduce the pharmacy needed by residents after falls.
Home Manager Claudia Carvell, who is behind the initiation, said: “We are really focused on the health and wellbeing of our residents, and are always looking at innovative techniques we can introduce to improve the quality of life for residents.
“We are always looking into dementia residents’ journeys and how we can improve this, so after putting in place new research from FROM (Fall Reduction Outcome Methods), we are confident the trial will have a positive impact on residents here at The Lindsay.”
Bupa The Lindsay is a specialist care home offering nursing, convalescence, respite, palliative and post-operative care. The home provides long and short-term care, tailored to the needs of the individual and provides a warm, welcoming and safe environment for residents.