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Barchester care home's 'stimulating' dementia area

Barchester care home's 'stimulating' dementia area
9th July 2008

A Barchester care home provides a "stimulating and home-like" environment for residents with dementia, it has been reported.

Staff at the Barchester Threshfield Court care home have created a specialist hub for people with the condition, dementia nursing specialist and deputy manager of the home Liz Bedford told the Guardian newspaper today.

When asked what makes a good nurse, Ms Bedford responded that in dementia terms it is a carer who can "really understand" what life's experience is like for an individual living with the condition.

Giving an insight into the development of the caring environment for dementia patients at Threshfield Court, she told the newspaper: "It's been about recognising that there is a difference to be made if the culture and environment is right."

She added more money and commitment from the government would be a boost for dementia care, which she stressed "should not be about maintaining or warehousing people".

The Alzheimer's Society recently said Lord Darzi's next-stage review of the NHS could bring "enormous benefits" to people with dementia.

However, it added any changes must take account of wider benefits to society and carers.

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