South East Dignity Tour

Added on 17/11/2008
Updated on 13/05/2010

Sir Michael Parkinson & the previous Minister for Care Services visited Red Oaks Care Home and heard about the Memory Lane Project that the care home were developing

Red Oaks Care Home

Following a review of their resident's experiences, staff recognised that there was a requirement to enhance their services for people with cognitive impairments. As a result, Red Oaks is currently in the process of developing its Memory Lane Service.

Memory Lane Programme

In recognition of the needs of people with dementia, we have created Memory Lane Communities to set the highest standards in specialist care for those with dementia and support for their families.

Our Memory Lane Communities are based on the following values:

  • Creating a home-like feel
  • Providing specialised care
  • Promoting self-esteem
  • Encouraging independence
  • Supporting life-skills and individuality
  • Enabling freedom of choice

No two people are the same - Recognising, supporting and celebrating each person's individuality is fundamental to the Memory Lane philosophy.

Specialist Training - Each member of the care team recognises, supports and celebrates each person's individuality. They receive training through our bespoke dementia care programmes and have regular refresher courses thereafter.

Coming together - Regular meetings and social gatherings are organised for families and friends and form an essential support network.

Home like feel -Many of our Memory Lane communities use various features to ensure the best environment for residents:

  • Memory boxes
  • Adapted crockery and tableware
  • Enclosed sensory gardens and low risk walkways
  • Rummage boxes and other features to engage residents
  • Life skills areas including specially adapted kitchens

'Activity in Mind' Programme -Our skilled activity coordinators work alongside care teams to create lively and involving programmes for everyone's enjoyment including:

  • Gardening
  • Baking
  • Outings
  • Pet care
  • Gentle exercise
  • Life skills

Other specialist activities such as reminiscence therapy, music therapy and various complimentary therapies may also be provided.

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