Dementia care in Cambridgeshire

A number of conditions can be present in over 65s who present with symptoms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, vascular dementia and dementia with Lewy bodies. According to statistics from Alzheimer’s Society, there were over 850,000 people with dementia in the UK in 2019 – a figure that is expected to rise to 1.5 million by 2040. With this in mind, the need for dedicated, high quality dementia care is greater than ever. 

Since opening in 2015, Cherry Blossom Care Home in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, has delivered a Dementia care package to the University of Stirling’s widely respected standards. Purpose-built with the delivery of specialised dementia care at the heart of its design, the 80 bedroom home offers state-of-the-art facilities to help the highly experienced nursing team deliver exceptional care.

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What is dementia care? 

Dementia care involves far more than simply attending to the daily needs of a physically frail or chronically ill resident. Getting to know the individual is critically important and provides a framework for effective dementia care built on communication and compassion. From a care perspective, putting the person before the task is key – every interaction is an opportunity for meaningful connection and engagement. Since dementia undermines the sense of self, effective care is built on encouraging self-determination and control on the part of the resident.

Specialist dementia care at Cherry Blossom Care Home

Few care homes in Cambridgeshire rival the dementia care facilities at Cherry Blossom. The home’s dedicated dementia suite features state-of-the-art nurse call and monitoring technology, which combine to allow care to be as unobtrusive but as comprehensive as possible. This technology monitors, profiles and supports each resident’s movement, especially at night, when disorientation can be especially acute. Automated lighting guides the way to the en-suite bathroom and back to bed, whilst the system triggers an alarm if the resident leaves their room or deviates from normal behaviour patterns.

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Our tranquil Peterborough setting 

Calm is the key to successful dementia care. Purpose-built in 2015, Cherry Blossom Care Home offers a tranquil, ordered environment where residents can feel truly at ease. Each of the 80 bedrooms is bright, spacious and neutrally decorated, and residents are encouraged to bring their own furniture, pictures and personal effects to enhance home-from-home comfort, familiarity and peace of mind. Ground floor rooms feature private terraces – a perfect vantage point from which to enjoy the beautifully manicured gardens. 

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Dementia care that prioritises respect, dignity and compassion

Person-centred practices are widely considered the gold standard for dementia care and sit at the heart of Allegra Care’s philosophy. The highly experienced care and nursing team strive to communicate sensitively at all times to support meaningful interaction, whilst independence and activity are promoted. At Cherry Blossom Care Home, each resident’s individuality, dignity and privacy are prioritised at all times to deliver personalised care with genuine compassion.

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Maintaining a healthy weight can be a challenge for those with dementia but, with the right care and support, undue weight loss can be avoided. Indeed, with a little time, effort and familiarity with the individual, a healthy appetite can be supported. Sourcing fresh ingredients in season from local suppliers in Cambridgeshire and neighbouring Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire, the kitchen team at Cherry Blossom Care Home ensure that residents enjoy a nutritious, balanced diet all year round.

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Enjoying a varied, active life in our home

The maintenance of physical and mental activity is a key component of effective dementia care. With its own bistro, salon and dining room, Cherry Blossom Care Home has in-house facilities that seamlessly build social interaction into everyday life. In addition, a varied programme has been designed to stimulate and entertain – from visiting music and theatre groups and regular sightseeing excursions, to activities such as gardening, photography, gentle exercise and crafts.

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Delivering person-centred care at Cherry Blossom Care Home

The person-centred care delivered by Cherry Blossom Care Home in Peterborough puts the individual first. Accordingly, respect and dignity are the foundation of everything the nursing team do. By prioritising the individual, supporting their independence and nurturing a relationship built on communication and trust, the care staff have created an optimal environment for exceptional dementia care.