A framework for Living Well with Dementia

A service user at one of our Older People services smiles

A framework for Living Well with Dementia

At Ambient, we are determined that the people living in our homes enjoy a life filled with love and laughter.

And that they feel involved and actively engaged in activities that will help them to lead lives that are as fulfilling, enabled and happy as possible.

Those we care for living with conditions such as dementia including Alzheimer’s disease are supported within a framework of care standards we have developed called ‘Lives Well’.

The ‘Lives Well’ approach is based on the 5i Values that underpin everything we do: Inclusivity, Innovation, Impact, Inspiration and Integrity. It also extends to families, friends, outside professionals and those in the wider community – ensuring the best possible collaboration and care for every individual.

The ‘Lives Well’ Framework

L is for Love and Laughter

Every life should be filled with love and laughter. Our homes are warm and welcoming, staff wear their own clothes, meals are sociable occasions, days are filled with activities, music and arts designed to engage people at all stages of dementia, and events are celebrated with the wider community.

I is for Inclusion

Residents are actively involved in the day-to-day running of their home wherever possible. They choose menus, activities and how their home looks. They help with tasks if they want to, and their opinions are sought on issues like staff recruitment and appraisals. All religions, cultures and lifestyles are welcomed and included.

V is for Values

It is vital that all of our values are measured and met. Levels of well-being are monitored constantly. Homes have ‘dementia champions’ to promote value-based, person-centred dementia care. Strengths-based care plans identify what is important to and for our residents, with activity profiling and cognitive assessments completed for every person. Staff and key workers are carefully matched with residents, and life story work is an on-going practice that is actively used in day-to-day care.

E is for Environment

First and foremost, our homes should feel like home. But they’re also designed to create the best possible environment for those living with dementia. Areas have appropriate themes and objects to help orientation. Clear signage helps people find their way around while contrasting yet familiar décor helps them feel at home. Maximised access and active encouragement to use outside space encourages sensory and physical stimulation, while other sensory stimulation is visible and available in all shared spaces. Regular audits are carried out to make sure the environment reflects the realities of the residents.

S is for Staff and Support

Our staff are at the heart of everything we do and training is paramount. All staff are trained in dementia and awareness, with learning competencies followed up in regular supervisions. Families are offered support, guidance and training, and are encouraged to be part of care planning where possible.

The ‘Lives Well’ Framework is there to provide a measurable standard of quality and excellence to those who commission our services as well as those who use them.

Mum really appreciates the weekly visit of the hairdressers and often takes part in arranged activities and outings. I visit often and am always welcomed and the home is bright, clean and warm.

Family member of Resident

My mother-in-law, who has dementia, was warmly welcomed at the door and from that moment she has had excellent care and the difference it has made is remarkable. She is eating well and looks a totally different person. All the family are grateful knowing she is well looked after and safe.

Family member of Resident

My mother’s general sense of stability has improved immensely … due to familiarity with the regular staff, especially the closer staff who attend to her needs, which are complex and demanding.

Family member of Resident

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