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Specialist complex dementia care

Our care homes provide specialist nursing care for people living with complex dementia, including early/young on-set dementia.

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Our care homes provide specialist nursing care for people living with complex dementia, including early/young on-set dementia, who may also live with a long-term illness or disability where more complex clinical support is required.

Dementia is a progressive condition and can affect people in many different ways, depending on the type of dementia. The impact of dementia can be physical, emotional and psychological and can have a profound effect on all aspects of daily life.

At Exemplar Health Care, we take a person-centred approach to supporting people living with dementia.

Our care homes have been developed and adapted to meet the needs of people living with dementia, and provide a dementia-friendly environment to help reduce stress and anxiety, and maintain independence and dignity.

A person-centred approach to dementia care

Our approach is personalised to the individuals that we support. We acknowledge and uphold the significance of personhood, and work with each individual, their loved ones and professionals to design a care plan that’s tailored to their needs and goals.

Our care recognises people’s individual spiritual, emotional and physical needs. And we take time to understand each person’s life story and empower them to continue to do the things that they enjoy for as long as they’re able to do so.

As people’s dementia progresses, our Nurse-led teams are trained and equipped to support the additional health care needs that people may acquire, which ensures continuity of care.

Specialist care in a community-based home

Our community-based homes and OneCare services provide person-centred care that focuses on maximising independence and empowering people to live as fulfilled lives as possible.

We have over 30 care homes across Yorkshire, the Midlands, North East and North West that provide a welcoming and supportive environment where people living with dementia can feel safe, continue to do the things that they enjoy, and remain closer to loved ones.

Holistic care from an in-house Nurse-led team

Our homes are led by an experienced Nurse-led management team, and supported by a trained in-house team of Registered Nurses and Health Care Assistants. Each of our homes has a Life Skills/Activities Team to support with holistic and therapeutic treatments, and many of them have in-house Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists. Everyone who lives in our homes also has the support of Exemplar Health Care’s clinical experts, including our Consultant Nurse for Dementia Care, Consultant Psychiatrist and Behaviour Support Specialists. This enables people to access holistic care and a range of services in a community-based home that’s closer to their friends and family.

We also work closely with community teams and other professionals, where required, to ensure that people receive the required support to meet all of their needs.

  • Life skills – our Life Skills Teams support people to take part in stimulating and meaningful activities to support their health and wellbeing, and maximise their independence for as long as possible.
     
  • Physiotherapy – our Physiotherapists support people to maintain their mobility for as long as possible.
     
  • Occupational therapy – our Occupational Therapists help people to live well with dementia, by considering their physical, psychological, social and environmental needs. They ensure that our homes have the right environments to support people living with dementia, including furniture, signage and décor.
     
  • Behaviour support – our dedicated Behaviour Support Team work with individuals and care teams to understand the reasons for people’s behaviour, and implement strategies to reduce the frequency and duration of incidents of behaviours of concern. The team is supported by our Consultant Psychiatrist. 
     
  • Dementia Lead – our Consultant Nurse for Dementia Care, Tracey Carter, provides clinical advice and support, leadership, training and research across all of our homes to ensure best practice is followed, and safe and effective care is delivered and maintained.
     

High staffing levels to support person-centred outcomes

Our high staffing levels of Registered Nurses and trained Health Care Assistants are determined by each person’s individual needs, whether that be 2:1 or 1:1.

This enables us to work at their own pace and build trust, and provide support with all aspects of their life, leading to improved person-centred outcomes for those living with dementia.

Specialist dementia training for colleagues

All of our colleagues who support people living with dementia complete bespoke dementia training, that’s tailored to the needs of the home they work in and the individuals they support.

Colleagues can also access advice and support from our Consultant Nurse for Dementia Care, Tracey Carter, who offers a fortnightly clinic with our Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr Akande, as well as regular advice forums, person-centred interventions and bespoke training sessions.

Dementia and behaviours of concern

People living with dementia can also display behaviours of concern.

Many of the people we support have been deemed to have behaviours that are considered ‘too complex’ for mainstream nursing and care services.

Our approach to behaviour support focuses on how we can prevent the need for restrictive practices and reduce the frequency and intensity of behaviours of concern.

All of our care and nursing colleagues complete our Exemplar Positive Behaviour Support (EPBS) training that’s been certificated by Bild ACT, and are supported by our central team of Behaviour Support Specialists through person-centred interventions, fortnightly clinics and regular advice forums.

High dependency nursing

Many of the people we support who are living with dementia also have other conditions or illnesses, such as diabetes or depression, or require high dependency nursing care such as a tracheostomy and ventilated care or assistance with nutrition and hydration including PEG feeding and Dysphagia.

Our in-house teams of Registered Nurses and Health Care Assistants enable us to support people to manage these additional needs, and provide continuity of care as their condition progresses. 

Family and friend support

At Exemplar Health Care, we understand that dementia doesn’t just affect the individual – it can have a big impact on people’s family and friends too, especially for those living with early/young onset dementia.

We support and work with the families of people living in our homes, where they wish. We often involve families in training sessions to help them better understand their loved one’s condition and how to support them.

Make a referral

Our specialist teams are here to support people who are living with dementia, and their loved ones, who are looking for a supportive and welcoming home.

Find your local care home, or get in touch with our Referrals Team who can help you to find the right home.

Supporting adults with complex dementia

After just a few short months in her new home, Iris, who lives with very complex dementia, is able to enjoy mealtimes in the dining room, eating with a knife and fork - something I never dreamt would happen.

Social Worker, Sheffield