Taking trip down Memory Lane as home opens specialist floor
» A SPECIALIST dementia floor has been opened at a care home.
The area, named Memory Lane, was officially unveiled at Stratton Court in Cirencester, last week by Countess Bathurst.
The specialist floor features murals and a succession of pictures from the past including shops and nostalgic scenes. The award winning care home is run by Aura Care Living and has an initial 20 beds open to the county with more to come by the end of the year.
Figures show that more than a quarter of people aged over 65 in the Cotswolds are diagnosed with dementia of some form, higher than the national average of 21 per cent.
The move comes as reports and analysis from Age UK indicates about 30 per cent of areas in the UK now have no residential care beds.
“We believe we are doing something truly different and innovative,” said Stratton Court home manager Anne Duffy.
“There is a lack of understanding about those living with dementia and by providing a specialist service we are able to get to know all of our residents and understand their needs as everyone is different.
“We have worked with various experts while all staff have had special training.”
Sir Geoffrey Clifton-brown MP and Lady Bathurst with Linda Lloyd and mayor of Cirencester Patrick Coleman, at the opening of the facilitiy at Aura Care Living at Stratton Court Village, Cirencester