Auguste Communities opens the first of a new generation of top tier dementia care centres
An 84-bed specialist care centre for those living with dementia is set to open in Middleton St George after its new owners carried out a £750,000 refurbishment.
Auguste Communities is the first of a new generation of care homes being developed by the Prestige Care Group, combining high quality nursing care with state-of-the-art technology.
Prestige director Paul Smith described the new care facilities as “sitting at the top tier of dementia care” as he and staff made final preparations for receiving their first guests within an initial 21-bed residential dementia care unit.
“Auguste Communities will rewrite the rule book for dementia care, setting the bar at a new height,” said Mr Smith.
“Our flagship Middleton St George facility offers rural living within an outstanding care centre set within its own scenic grounds enclosed by trees.”
The extensively landscaped secure gardens feature safe nature treks, a potting shed, gardening areas, a fountain, chicken coups and play areas for visiting children, while there are even plans to recruit a pot-bellied pig!
Another key element of the facilities is the introduction of leading technology its owners Prestige leaves the centre “at the cutting edge of dementia care”.
Prestige has become one of the North East’s first care centres to invest in a Tovertafel – an innovation dubbed “the magic table” – and a Snoezlen multi-sensory room, Dutch technology designed to reach hearts and minds sometimes assumed “lost” to dementia.
Using infrared sensors to detect hand movements and stimulate movement, the Tovertafel is a care innovation that projects a series of fun interactive games onto a table to achieve social interaction, mental stimulation and physical activity in patients.
The portable Snoezelen room – named after a Dutch word meaning to explore and relax – creates a soothing and stimulating environment using lighting effects, colour, sounds, music and aromatherapy.
Mr Smith added: “We’ve introduced key principles of nursing centre design that’s being driven by research from Stirling University. We’re confident there’s nothing quite like this in the region – but we’re rolling out the formula of first-class care in combination with innovation across our Tees Valley care centres.”
The care centre, which will eventually employ 70 nursing and care professionals, is now recruiting as it works towards opening a dementia nursing unit before the end of the year before opening the facility up for gold standard palliative care with an general residential and nursing environment.