June 19, 2024

Families living with dementia given lifeline after lockdown

Cheltenham care home one of the first dementia care specialists in the area to reopen respite care, offering much needed support to families caring for loved ones with dementia

Since lockdown there’s been little respite for local families providing around the clock care at home for their loved ones with dementia, until now.

Queensbridge in Cheltenham is one of the first specialist dementia care homes in the area to reopen its respite care facility since the Government’s stay at home directive, providing families living with dementia with much needed help and support with their caring needs.

Currently there are around 1,500 people living with dementia in Cheltenham, 25% of whom will have advanced dementia. From 1st September, Queensbridge’s respite care will be able to accommodate new residents who will be able to stay for up to six weeks in the pretty, period property located on the tree-lined Queens Road, Cheltenham.

Surrounded by a lovely, enclosed and secure garden, the family managed home with a close-knit team of 30 experienced dementia carers has been a warm and welcoming support for dementia care in the local community for over 30 years; rated as Outstanding in Caring by the Care Quality Commission.

The care home has had no reported cases of Covid 19 and has remained open throughout the pandemic to provide specialist dementia care for its 23 permanent residents.

Twice daily temperature checks, regular sanitising and Covid testing for staff and residents, social distancing between residents, and staff wearing necessary PPE equipment at all times are among the stringent Covid-19 hygiene measures that have been in place since the pandemic.

Now with the respite care facility to open, extra steps to protect against Covid-19 have been introduced. A separate entrance to the area for respite residents and direct access to the garden, and temperature checks and Covid swab tests on arrival.

Lisa Stanton, Manager at Queensbridge said: “We’re delighted to be able to safely welcome back respite care residents and to once again help families, many of whom have gone through lockdown having to care for a loved one day and night with little support or rest.”

During lockdown, Queensbridge carers maintained contact with the families of respite residents to check in on their wellbeing and to provide any caring advice.

Queensbridge’s ‘Household Approach’ to care focuses on meeting people’s emotional needs as well as their physical ones; creating an environment where the daily lives of individuals are referenced to where they come from, their past lives and the positive feelings that this creates.

Lisa continues: “A small care home in the heart of Cheltenham, Queensbridge is like one big extended family with none of the artificial boundaries of institutional living seen in many care settings.

“We are all about caring for the individual by people that care – where families can leave their loved ones with the peace of mind that they are in a loving, friendly and compassionate place where people living with dementia can thrive.

“A third of our team members have been with us for over 10 years, and our Household Approach means we create a nurturing place where we understand the feelings of those we care for and where people can be free to be themselves.

“It’s great that all our residents can once again enjoy and benefit from all the activities and entertainment they love here, including our popular garden singer and musician which will once again play for our residents.”