Dementia care in Suffolk

In the UK today, nearly one million people are living with dementia – locally speaking, around 1.7% of Suffolk’s population are affected. Statistics show that the risk of developing dementia rises from one in 14 over the age of 65, to one in six over 80 years old.

Most commonly caused by Alzheimer’s disease, dementia damages the brain cells, interfering with their ability to communicate with each other. This impairment of normal brain cell communication can have damaging effects on cognitive functions in such a way that it affects a person’s daily life and activities. With the emotional and behavioural changes it causes, dementia can be very distressing – not only for the individual concerned but for their family and loved ones. However, with the appropriate support of qualified care professionals, an individual’s quality of life can be maintained for longer. With a dedicated team and facilities, Magdalen House seeks to provide gold-standard dementia care.

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What is dementia care? 

A fundamental aspect of effective dementia care is the preservation of a sense of self for as long as possible. As human beings, we need to know who we are, feel proud of our abilities and be respected by others. For this reason, the focus at Magdalen House is less on the condition and more on the individual themselves – what makes them who they are and loved by others. This person-centred approach is in line with Allegra Care’s philosophy, which prioritises dignity, privacy and independence.

Quality dementia care at Magdalen House Care Home

Magdalen House has been delivering exceptional dementia care in Hadleigh since 2012. With a dedicated dementia team and purpose-built facilities, outstanding person-centred care is provided around the clock. Dementia can bring with it many challenging behaviours – the highly trained and experienced nursing staff at Magdalen House are well-versed in supporting residents with compassion, understanding and the utmost patience. As a result, family can rest assured that their loved one is in the safest of hands at all times.

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Purpose-built care home near Ipswich for residents with dementia

A key benefit of being purpose-built is that Magdalen House is fully equipped and appointed for the delivery of exceptional dementia care. Key considerations such as wayfinding and security have been designed into the building, with intelligent lighting systems to assist residents at night, when the disorientating effects of dementia are often most acutely felt. Secure access systems protect and provide reassurance, whilst communal areas and hallways have been thoughtfully designed to provide landmarks and plenty of peaceful places for quiet reflection.

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Qualified team who provide highly-rated care in Hadleigh

Located close to Ipswich in the Suffolk market town of Hadleigh, Magdalen House is staffed to deliver outstanding dementia care. With a minimum requirement of Level 2 Certificate in Dementia Care, all nursing and care staff have been selected not only for their qualifications, but also their professional track records and personal attributes.

Dementia care calls for exceptional levels of understanding, patience and empathy, and the staff at Magdalen House take great pride in their ability to deliver compassionate care with a smile.

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A healthy, balanced diet is a cornerstone of successful elderly care. This is especially true of dementia care, where a good daily nutritional routine can reassure with a comforting sense of familiarity and structure. The chef and kitchen team at Magdalen House source fresh local ingredients in season from suppliers in Suffolk wherever possible, creating delicious menus that meet each resident’s dietary requirements.

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Engaging activities for residents with dementia

Residents with dementia benefit greatly from keeping mind and body active. That’s why Magdalen House has a full-time activities coordinator, who delivers a rich and varied programme of arts, crafts and activities for all abilities and interests. From flower arranging and painting to cooking, quizzes and moving to music, there’s always plenty to encourage social interaction and involvement.

The home also arranges regular sightseeing minibus excursions, enabling residents to enjoy the sights around Hadleigh and beyond in the wonderful Suffolk countryside.

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Delivering quality care with a smile in Suffolk

A compassionate, person-centred approach is fundamental to dementia care and the challenges it can bring – both to residents and to their carers. Magdalen House’s dedicated dementia care team draw on years of experience and their philosophy of person-centred care to handle all situations with calm, sensitivity and the utmost respect for the individual and their dignity. The power of a warm, genuine smile to reassure and comfort cannot be underestimated.