On Monday the 15th of November, Stanfield Nursing Home hosted a Q&A session on our Instagram! We answered any queries about our nursing care and care homes in Worcester in general.

Here’s a summary of what you asked!

Why do people get dementia?

Dementia is caused by damage to brain cells. This damage interferes with the ability of brain cells to communicate with each other. When brain cells cannot communicate normally, thinking, behaviour and feelings can be affected.

This can happen to anyone for a number of reasons. For example, a lack of exercise and poor nutrition can increase cell death which in turn increases the risk for future cognitive decline.

What activities do you do?

Our Worcestershire care home offers a wide variety of activities to cater to everyone’s interests and hobbies.

There are activities that are more individual and those that are more social, involving a group of people. Whatever the activity is, residents are encouraged to participate as much or as little as they like to.

Regular features on our nursing home care activities list include:

  • Gentle exercise, including chair-based
  • Listening to music and having a dance around the sitting room
  • Pamper days
  • Arts and crafts
  • Games
  • Gardening – we have a safe, enclosed sensory garden with raised beds for potting and planting
  • Storytime
  • Musical and theatrical performances – from entertainers and local schools
  • Film afternoons – residents’ choice!
  • Seasonal and event-based celebrations/parties

Are you currently allowing visitors?

Yes! When visiting Stanfield, we minimise any risk by following guidance from a variety of official sources.

You can read more about visiting our nursing home for further Covid-19 specific guidelines.

Can dementia be reversed?

There is currently no ‘cure’ for dementia. In fact, because dementia is caused by different diseases it is unlikely there will be a single cure.

But, it can be treated for the remainder of a person’s life. Alongside other care homes in Worcester, we offer palliative and rest of life care. At Stanfield, we aim to make your loved ones comfortable and feel as though our home is their home.

How do we apply for admissions?

Contact us! But, before we can admit someone to the home we complete an assessment of needs and suitability.

All relevant information is gathered from the individual, the family or carer and the multidisciplinary team.

Following this assessment, we make a decision based on:

  • The person’s present and future needs
  • The physical accommodation needed
  • Staff implications
  • Present resident population
  • Registration considerations
  • The person’s mental capacity (in line with the Mental Capacity Act)

You can read more about our admissions policy here.

Which dementia is most common?

Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia, but there are other kinds to be aware of.

Vascular dementia is another common type of dementia, but it is not so well-known. It can occur suddenly, for example, following a stroke, or it can progress slowly or over time through damage to blood vessels in the brain.

Lewy body dementia affects movements that may involve shuffling as they walk, and being more prone to falls. Some of the symptoms are like those who have Parkinson’s disease. People with Lewy body disease may experience periods of severe confusion. They can have hallucinations, seeing or hearing things that aren’t really there.

Frontotemporal dementia can affect behaviour and personality and language function. Some cases of FTD are linked to motor neurone disease.

Click here for other types of dementia.

Do your nurses currently use music when providing care for people living with dementia?

Yes! Music therapy is an essential part of dementia care. It is increasingly being used in care homes in Worcester to improve distressing symptoms associated with dementia.

Listening to music can often provide moments of clarity due to triggered memories. It can also soothe people with a calming melody to improve their mood and create a relaxing atmosphere.

What positions are available for part-time works?

Unfortunately, we currently have no vacancies available for full-time or part-time work.

What services do you provide?

As part of our nursing home care we provide a range of services including nursing care, rest of life care, and specialist dementia care.

You can find detailed information for all of these on our main page.

What’s the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s?

Dementia is not a disease in its own right. It is the name of a group of symptoms caused by different diseases that affect the brain.

While there is a relationship between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, there are key differences between the two. You can find more information on the Alzheimer’s Society website.

Contacting Stanfield Nursing Home

If you want to learn more about nursing home care, take a look at our other blog. You can also check out our social media for daily updates. If you want more information on Stanfield Nursing Home, a care home in Worcester, then head to our website. Alternatively, you can call 01905 420 459 to speak to a member of our helpful and friendly team.

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