Exmouth dementia home's 'golden' care
PUBLISHED: 12:30 26 July 2016
A double celebration for a Littleham dementia care community has been seven years in the making, according to its owner.
Rose Lodge, in Isca Road, has been given an outstanding report by Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspectors.
It also received a gold award for the design of the cottage at the lodge from Stirling University’s dementia centre, writes Daniel Wilkins.
Owners Peter and Joanna De Groot have expressed their delight.
Peter said: “This home really started to change seven years ago - that is when we started to get to the point we are now.
“We started with a simple idea – people with dementia can have happy, fulfilled lives.
“The rating from CQC comes at the end of seven years of doing things a little bit better every day.”
There are currently 40 staff working at Rose Lodge, caring for 33 dementia patients in total across two communities.
The Cottage, an extension built last year, caters for those in the early to middle stages of dementia. Those suffering from the later stages of dementia are cared for in The Lodge.
In the CQC report, the inspector said: “The atmosphere of the home was one of constant stimulation, whether on a one-to-one basis or through group activities.
“However, the atmosphere was calm.
“Staff were well organised, working as a team, while maintaining a relaxed and unrushed manner.
“Music and singing featured as an everyday part of people’s daily life.
“We saw this activity formed bonds between people and staff, enabling them to build relationships and participate as equals.”