Holmewood Resource Centre, a 28 bed specialist dementia care service has been extensively refurbished to a high standard. Plans for the refurbished were developed with service users, carers and staff to create an environment that is welcoming and homely.
The refurbishment refreshed the internal environment in the centre, including corridors, communal areas, kitchens and bathroom facilities. Floor coverings, lighting and décor were replaced. These improvements created an environment familiar to residents and, as far as possible, reminds residents of home. Communal areas were furnished with items that aimed to reassure service users. A sensory room was created along with a living room with a period ornaments, and fittings.
Kitchens were re-fitted throughout the centre for service users to utilize. This aims to support independence and enablement and meet the needs of each individual resident and service user.
Outside the centre, the gardens were re-created with a bandstand, newly furnished seating areas, a sensory garden, an original red telephone box and letter box. Plants and flowers were chosen to enable residents and service users to enjoy the scent and touch of the plants from soft leafy lambs’ ear plants, to sage and lavender.
Holmewood provides care and support services including long and short term residential and day care. The services provided at Holmewood are important to Keighley and the centre is a valuable resource to carers and families in the community.
The care and support given by staff at the centre focuses on the needs of each individual. Care given at the centre is based on the latest professional practice and advances made through the latest research to support people with dementia and long term conditions. Through a person-centred approach residents are enabled to return to their own homes where possible with appropriate support plans in place.