Opened in 2002, our purpose-built residential home provides long-term and respite care for people living with dementia. It is staffed by a dedicated, motivated and compassionate team who are well trained and experienced in what they do. They are on hand 24 hours a day to provide residents with the help and support they need.
We encourage and welcome the involvement of family and friends; we believe that by working together we are more effective in looking after people in our care.
Our work is regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the Local Authorities on whose behalf we provide services. Inspections take place every eighteen months to two years, focusing on whether our services are Safe, Effective, Caring, Responsive and Well Led.
About half of the people living at St Joseph’s have, or may develop, a type of dementia. The longer we live, the greater the likelihood of developing a form of the disease. There are many causes of dementia, with the most common being Alzheimer’s disease.
Understanding the needs of a person with dementia is crucial to their wellbeing. It is also important to recognise that the disease not only affects them, but also their family and friends.
We always seek to understand the important milestones and the events that have helped form the person they are today. Learning from family and friends about a person’s needs and wishes helps us understand the person behind the symptoms.
Our approach to looking after someone with dementia varies depending on how the condition affects their personality and how their needs are understood. As part of our person-centred approach to care, we tailor how we communicate with people to reflect their specific needs. However, some people will need extra support to make decisions or to understand questions about how they want us to help them meet their daily requirements. Communicating through pictures, symbols or gestures often helps to convey a message or question.
Caring for a person with dementia often includes activities that stimulate the senses and can include images, sounds and smells that help unlock memories of times gone by. The role played by family and friends is even more important as they can help us learn more and care for the person in a more meaningful way. Putting together a life story is a really effective way of understanding a person’s past and is something we encourage relatives and friends to do.
We also hold regular activities and social events, either one-to-one, in small groups, or all together in St Joseph’s social lounge. Entertainment is varied to suit all tastes and interests. Musicians, dancers, florists, exercise instructors and others all drop in to provide a variety of things to do or join in with.
With 59 bedrooms, St Joseph’s is the largest project in Father Hudson’s Adult Care department. It is designed with ease of movement in mind and is fully accessible.
There are four self-contained wings laid out over two floors, each with fourteen personalised bedrooms with en-suite facilities. There are a further three bedrooms occupied by retired priests who celebrate daily mass in the chapel for residents wishing to attend. Each wing has an open plan lounge, dining room and kitchen, as well as a supported bathroom for people preferring this option over a shower.
This layout helps to give a welcoming, homely feel and allows us to ensure the residents receive the correct support for them.
St Joseph’s has a small hairdressing salon and a shop for a variety of everyday items. Residents and visitors can take a stroll in the pretty gardens that encircle the home. The view from the first floor patio out over the Warwickshire countryside is something to behold.
We also have a wheelchair accessible car for trips out or to take residents to appointments.
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