Dementia is a debilitating condition which causes the brain to decline, resulting in problems with memory, judgement, understanding and communication. Dementia is becoming more common and mostly occurs in people over 65 years of age. The condition can seriously affect the quality of life of the sufferer, who can gradually deteriorate over time.
Caring for someone with dementia can be hard work and emotionally draining. Many carers feel they can’t cope or simply do not have the time to provide full time adequate care. Care homes for dementia patients may be the only way of the sufferer receiving the care they need, while maintaining their independence for as long as possible.
There are many care homes and nursing homes in West Sussex, but one that really stands out for its excellence and quality of care is Barlavington Manor. As a family run West Sussex residential care home in Petworth, we pride ourselves on providing our residents with a stimulating and challenging environment.
We want our residents to feel right at home, we welcome them to bring their own furniture and to bring their pets. We are not like all other nursing homes in that we design our care around the specific needs of the resident. We understand that everyone needs different aspects of care at different stages of their life. Our professional and experienced staff will go out of their way to make a resident feel safe, secure and most importantly, at home.
Finding a care home that specialises in looking after people suffering from dementia can be a challenge. We have a designated wing in our care home, dedicated to the care of people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Our staff are on hand 24 hours a day and are specially trained to look after dementia sufferers. The secure wing provides a safe haven where the residents are free to enjoy whatever hobbies they have and maintain a certain level of independence. We keep the wing secure to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents. Visitors are welcome at any time, therefore keeping an element of normality in what can be a stressful and frightening period of one’s life.
It can be difficult for the families of a sufferer seeing someone they love deteriorate because of this terrible condition, but knowing that they are somewhere where they will receive the level of best care and attention should come as a comfort. Many activities are put on throughout the week to give the residents the stimulation they need, plus we also encourage them to keep up with their own interests. We encourage our residents to maintain their own hobbies and even introduce us all to new ones so that everyone else can get the same pleasure from them.
Barlavington Manor is one of the highest rated dementia residential care homes in the country, receiving glowing reports from residents, their families and the Care Quality Commission. We believe that our residents should be able to maintain their privacy, dignity and independence whilst knowing that care and support are always on hand should they need or want it.