The Old Dairy
The Old Dairy is a separate unit located in the grounds offering person-centred care packages for people with dementia, a mental health condition, who may also have physical disabilities, in a smaller more secure environment.
The word dementia is used to describe a group of symptoms – these include a decline in judgement and understanding, memory loss, confusion and mood changes. Dememtia is not a single illness – it is caused by a number of diseases of the brain resulting in damage to the brain, the most common of which is Alzheimer’s disease. Vascular dementia is the second most common cause. The other types of dementia in the elderly are Lewy bodies dementia and frontotemporal dementia.
Dememtia is a progressive disease and as it progresses can leave family and carers struggling to maintain a quality family life and a normal daily routine.
The Old Dairy provides an environment where residents can enjoy a safe ‘home from home’ environment, together with carers, where family members can ‘pop in’ anytime to enjoy quality time with their loved one.
It is fully adapted offering low level units and appliances in the kitchen, full platform lift, disabled access to both floors, individual full wet room en-suite in three of the generous sized bedrooms. In the fourth bedroom there is a full en-suite bathroom with adapted rails, bath seat and shower. There is a large communal lounge with dining area along with a separate dining area in the kitchen.
The unit can accommodate up to five residents – one of the bedrooms being extra large and available for a couple or friends if required. There is a full call system in place and separate fire alarm system.
Person Centred Care Planning
All residents at Kent Farm have an individual care plan which is devised through using various sources of information eg: pre admission needs assessment, information from the resident and their family or advocate, information from other health professionals and other organisations involved in their previous care. The care plans are focused on the persons individual needs and are detailed and extensive.
Risk assessments are extremely important in helping assess individual needs thus ensuring we maintain a safe environment for both carers and residents along with implementing safe care practices.
Care plans are reviewed monthly by the resident and or their families, ourselves and other health professionals where appropriate. Care plans are signed by the resident, however if they are unable to do so then a significant relative will sign on their behalf.
At Kent Farm we believe all residents should have access to a GP of their choice and we actively promote residents wellbeing by regular reviews of their healthcare needs which will include visits to their surgery to see their GP or nurse, or GP visits to the home should this be required.
The district nursing service attend at the home weekly as we request, to compliment the care our residents receive should they have a clinical need.
The home advocates for residents and families when required ie. attendance at consultants appointments and follow up tracking of medical care needs. We arrange transport and extra staffing if required to attend hospital appointments and X Ray appointments.
We offer a high standard of service in ensuring our residents receive all the medical care and follow up they require. We work closely with various consultants covering a range of medical conditions.