Gloucestershire charity Lilian Faithfull Care is expanding its dementia care services in the county, opening a second specialist wing at its Royal Court care home in Cheltenham.
Royal Court opened its first specialist dementia facility, the Butterfly Wing, in July 2021 and is now creating another at the Fiddlers Green home to meet growing demands for dementia care.
The charity is converting one of the ground floor residential care areas into a self-contained dementia wing, which will benefit from seven bedrooms, a lounge and diner, as well as a secluded and secure garden for residents to enjoy.
The design will replicate the existing Butterfly Wing and have a team of staff experienced in dementia care, with higher-than-usual staff to resident ratios to assist with the additional needs of people living with dementia. The new wing will also be quieter and have less people than the home's main communal areas, making for a more peaceful space where residents with dementia can become familiar with their surroundings and feel safe to move around freely.
There will also be a daily activity programme delivered on a one-to-one basis, with residents able to get involved with cookery, massage, music therapy and exercise, as well as day-to-day tasks designed to give residents a sense of purpose, which is proven to benefit people living with dementia.
Work on the new dementia wing at Royal Court in Cheltenham is already underway, with the facility due to open in September 2023. The upstairs section of Royal Court, which is currently being used for apartment-style residential accommodation, will remain unchanged.
For more information, or to book a tour of the Butterfly Wing at Royal Court, visit lilianfaithfull.co.uk.