Wardley Gate is a specialist in dementia care in Gateshead and Newcastle areas. We recognise that a person with dementia is, first and foremost, a person – unique and with a rich history of experiences, abilities, skills, knowledge, preferences, desires and personality.
The term “dementia” is used to describe the symptoms that occur when the brain is affected by specific diseases and conditions. Symptoms include loss of memory, confusion, problems with speech and understanding and these differ from person to person.
We have a dedicated dementia specialist and our carers are specially trained to provide tailored dementia care that enhances quality of life.
Responding to the Individual
We care for residents living with dementia as individuals. By responding to the individual and supporting what they can do with a personalised care plan, we look for opportunities to build on their strengths and abilities to find ways to compensate for losses brought about by dementia.
We use the resident’s life story to build a picture of their preferences, lifestyle, history, family, likes and dislikes. Our carers are trained in completing detailed care plans with the help of residents, their family and friends. These plans are used daily and help to maintain the identity and dignity of the person as the dementia progresses, providing important information, such as how they like their cup of tea. This Life story supports the person in expressing themselves by talking about their lives and experiences. For those providing care and support, it enables them to see the person rather than the symptoms of the illness and to tailor meaningful activities and daily life accordingly.
Safe and Supportive Environment
Dementia care presents specific challenges and requires much more than simply carrying out a series of practical tasks.
Our dementia care in Gateshead provides a safe, supportive, specially adapted environment that maximises a person’s independence and enhances their self-esteem. Our residents have the opportunity to move around safely and enjoy their home.
We understand the importance of access to the outdoors as it provides the opportunity for exercise, fresh air, relieves tension and anxiety and offers personal space for reflection and privacy. Our care home has a private, secure garden with easy access and pathways you can follow safely.
We strive to ensure our approach to dementia care reflects best practices. We are committed to providing on-going training in all areas of dementia care to all members of the care home team at an advanced level. This ensures everyone in Wardley Gate is knowledgeable and confident in their approach and care delivery.