insideKENT Magazine Issue 59 - February 2017 - Page 114



Providing residential dementia care and offering long and short-term stays
There can often be preconceptions about life in a care home . At Meadow View , the team support their residents to live happy and contented lives full of wonderful experiences . A large part of this is welcoming the community into their beautiful home to be part of residents ’ lives and maybe learn something along the way .
Jo Bellenie , Teacher of Health and Social Care at local school , Spires Academy explains the importance of such visits and how these can be mutually beneficial : “ As part of their Health and Social Care BTEC First qualification , my students aged from 13-16 years are building positive relationships with residents while learning how to practice key care values . For instance on every visit they see first-hand how the team at Meadow View deliver a personcentred approach to care and learn about dignity and respect .
“ The residents really enjoy the visits , they always seem delighted to talk to the students and find out about current school life in contrast to their own experiences from childhood . They also take part in many activities together from arts and crafts to enjoying music and dancing , it is a joy to see relationships develop between the older and younger generations .
“ So far , this has been a truly positive experience as students are able to understand the needs of residents living with dementia and build relationships with people from different backgrounds .”
The caring team at Meadow View believes it is important that residents spend their time as they choose , so they have a dedicated activities person to support them to take part in interesting activities , rekindle old pastimes and try new things .
Call in anytime to meet the team .
Meadow View Residential Care Home Blackthorn Road Hersden Canterbury CT3 4GB 01227 207117 www . sanctuary-care . co . uk