TV and radio health guru Dr Hilary Jones has praised the ‘kindness, compassion and attention to detail’ of a new £8 million dementia care home in Winchester.
The Daybreak presenter and medical author was speaking at a public open day at Colten Care’s St Catherines View home where he met the first residents to move in.
Eighty jobs have been created at the home which enables residents to live in five small house groups
with a high degree of ‘person-centred’ care.
A key focus is to retain practical life skills and stimulate memory through active group work and leading-edge nursing.
Dr Jones said: “I’m a great admirer of Colten Care because their approach is based on kindness and compassion on top of knowledge. Looking after older people is not just about powerful drugs or medical health. It is about the care they receive, their quality of life and their happiness. Colten Care gets better and better and you can see that in the attention to detail that has gone into St Catherines
View. The design is fantastic.”
St Catherines View is Colten Care’s 19th home and the third to specialise in dedicated dementia care.
Dr Jones viewed several of the home’s themed rooms, all designed with dementia in mind. They include a world map room where residents can reflect on where they have lived and travelled. There is also a wildlife hide for viewing birds and other animals in the landscaped grounds.
He was shown around the 56-bed home by Colten Care Managing Director Ian Hudson and Home
Manager Ann-Marie Medd.
Mr Hudson said: “The environment in a home can greatly reduce the stress and anxiety which can come with dementia. As well as our investment in this purpose-built new setting, we devote a substantial part of our overall training budget to dementia care education.”
Bournemouth University’s School of Health and Social Care has recently accredited Colten Care’s two other dementia care homes as ‘practice development units’, traditionally an NHS ‘badge of honour’. St Catherines View will be put through the same accreditation process, Mr Hudson said.