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Nursing Care for Dementia

Residents in our nursing care for dementia wing have physical frailties that mean they need help to perform many tasks. 

They may need two carers to help them move from one place to another, with or without mechanical equipment. They may have complex nursing needs or simple conditions which need expert monitoring. They will also have communication difficulties as a result of dementia, and may have complex mental health needs. 

A Registered General Nurse is on duty 24 hours a day in the nursing wing, and works with our team of experienced carers.

 

Montgomery’s Wall

Montgomery floor is our nursing unit for those with memory issues and confusion. Over the last couple of years we have built up a 3D mural along the corridor so our residents can have:

  • A point of reference for where they are in relation to their room
  • A hands-on experience with items to touch
  • Something interesting to look at
  • Visual stimulation to memories from their earlier years

The stories on the wall have been devised and sourced by Ann, our extremely talented activity therapist. Residents’ families have kindly donated some of the items.

While visiting Pax Hill, Hampshire Scouts saw our wall and asked if they could add a Scouting section. Pax Hill has a long history of links with the Scouting movement as the original house was the home of Lord Baden Powell until 1938.

Richard Spearing from Scouts Heritage in Southampton has loaned Pax Hill various items of Scouting memorabilia from the organisations store as well as some things from his personal collection.

Here are some snapshots from sections of our wall:

Arts and the Theatre

The seaside

Our Armed Forces

The Scouts

Ann is still working on the rest of the corridor. To come are sections on Gardening, Sports and Catering.

 

Namaste Programme at Pax Hill

Namaste is a new approach to looking after people with severe dementia. It was developed in the USA and aimed at those who can no longer speak up for themselves and may have multiple difficulties with everyday life.

The word Namaste comes from Sanskrit and its original definition is of a greeting. The extended meaning is more spiritual and for the purpose of this programme it is defined as “honouring the spirit within”.

The approach “soothes the senses” and uses sound, touch, smell and taste to do so in a dedicated communal space.

The core elements of Namaste Sensory Club are:

  • Honouring the spirit within: the guiding principle of Namaste is a respectful and compassionate approach to individuals with advanced dementia.
  • The presence of others: Namaste sensory club members are brought together as a social group with a dedicated Namaste Care Worker so that each person feels included in their community.
  • Comfort and pain management: comfortable seating and pain assessment/management are the essential first steps toward enabling Namaste residents to relax, engage and express how they feel.

A dedicated Namaste room has been set up on Montgomery floor and our residents use the room in small groups at a time.

 
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