Broadening Choices for Older People

Dementia Care Unit and Farmyard for 'Animal Assisted Therapy'

The new 12 bed self contained Dementia Care Unit is being created on the ground floor of one of our very popular modern nursing homes - Neville Williams House, Selly Oak. We are also creating a farm/animal area in the grounds of the home as a therapeutic recreational activity for residents which will incorporate Animal Assisted Therapy.

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The unit will be staffed by carers and nurses who have received intensive specialist training on services for people with dementia. For some time BCOP has recognised the increasing number of older people with dementia requiring nursing care. To provide the correct quality of care requires a highly intensive and specialised service staffed by well trained carers working in a sensitively designed living environment. The provision of specialist equipment to improve the service for those with dementia will be required, e.g. sensory & therapeutic equipment, hoists, profile beds and riser recliner chairs. We will also need to create a safe enclosed garden area. The overall cost of the new Dementia Unit will be approximately £250,000. We are hoping to try to raise approximately £60,000 through fundraising efforts, with the remainder of the cost being met by ourselves. We (our Chief Executive) is aiming to swim the English Channel in September 2008 and we hope to rasie £50,000 through this activity.