Wigan care home takes cutting edge approach to dementia care
Worthington Lake Care Home in Wigan is adopting the latest technology and approaches to dementia care for its residents.
The facility, which opened in March following a two-year Stirling University study to create a dementia specific service, has introduced Person Centred Software’s new ‘Who I Am’ capability as part of its Mobile Care Monitoring advanced electronic care planning, monitoring and reporting system.
Home manager Ann Sheward said: “Rather than use traditional paper systems, we chose Person Centred Software’s system because it allows care staff to write and access fully personalised care plans.
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“Staff can record care in real-time on the mobile device and all the information they need to deliver personalised care is available at the touch of a button. These personalised routines are vital when caring for those with dementia as it helps residents to maintain their daily functions and minimise their anxiety.”
The Who I Am feature on a mobile gives carers vital information about residents’ routines, their life story and wishes and helps the carer to deliver a responsive and personalised quality of care (see WATCH: Person Centred Software founders discuss new digital care planning features).
Worthington Lake, which is one of eight homes run by Millennium Care across Lancashire, has adopted a high staffing ratio provide person centred care for its residents, with one staff member to every three residents.
Following consultation with Stirling University, indoor and outdoor spaces have been designed to be secure and allow residents to have unrestricted access to wherever they want to go independently but not to get disorientated. The living accommodation is also designed around ‘households’ to strip away any institutional aspects of care.