The impact of the COVID pandemic has highlighted the challenges inherent in dementia provision. Tanya Clover, head of dementia and personalisation at Porthaven Care Homes Group, looks at some key issues.
As the head of dementia and personalisation, I am always mindful of the importance and impact of the care environment on the wellbeing of our residents living with dementia. I am proud to work for a company that provides exceptional environments as standard.
Whilst the COVID pandemic has highlighted the critical importance of robust infection control measures, it has also brought into sharp focus what it means to be, and feel, at home. For many of us, home engenders the ideas of being safe, both physically and psychologically, and of being with the people we love, and who love us. Home is where we feel that we belong.
That need for safety, comfort, and belonging is no different for people living with dementia and can indeed be stronger when that person moves from their familial home into a care home. Moving home is recognised as one of the most stressful events for any adult, and people living with dementia often experience multiple moves before entering a home.
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