Dementia Dining Experience

In 2017 Nicholas James’s Operations Manager Jacqui Gregg, RGN and Services Development Manager Abigail Draper undertook a series of consultations with managers and observations to look at how we could enhance our in house training and staff induction programes.

From this we developed the ‘Dementia Dining Experience’ a training experience which is based on replicating how someone with Dementia may experience a daily event and making our staff more aware of how to ensure that it is a person centered and enjoyable experience.

The training is bespoke and tailored through the research we carried out. The training can either be arranged as part of an induction or it can be used instantly in reaction to staff observations and appraisals.

As a group we always strive to ensure that our Residential and Nursing Communities continue to find ways of meeting the changing needs of our residents in a person centered, engaging and thoughtful environment. We endeavour to devise new and innovative ideas, training and initiatives that make a difference.

The impact on our services and staff has been incredible;

From our services we’ve able to make changes such as putting in protective meal times, changing lighting and making other environment improvements. Improving the dining experience for the residents.

As our training programme grows we now have families who are now taking part in the training and also their local communities involving their local councillors and Mayors.

For our staff the feedback and reaction has been really positive. Here are the some of the responses for from the training feedback sessions:

”It will enable a more person centred approach with a greater understanding”

“Eye opening experience to all staff, experienced and new!”

“Will make you think before assuming someone with Dementia understands everything clearly”

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