Dementia Partners is operating a waiting list to view it’s first bespoke Extra Care Housing, set in attractive accommodation. Increasingly, house sharing in residential areas provides the person with a sense or familiarity of environment by living in a house on a street, with community amenities including nearby shops, parks, neighbours etc.

Dementia Partners will soon be launching its Housing with Care – Sheltered/Residential Housing Accommodation

We are operating a waiting list for Housing Supported Care Accommodation with skilled warden support including a skilled night time warden on site. We are effective at supporting you to get a safe level of paid care, in a familiar, home environment setting.

Our support is extensive, due to our team of high quality skilled wardens and skilled managers.  Enhanced support includes

  • Laundry and cleaning
  • A variety of stimulating group activities designed to promote wellbeing
  • Support with appointments for frequent care plan reviews
  • Families accessing CCTV in common areas ( in line with Care Quality Commission’s guidelines on CCTV)
  • Support with appointments with social workers and clinical staff etc.
  • Support with accessing benefits advice
  • Support with paperwork
  • Support with online shopping and other housing related services
  1. A Description of Dementia Partner’s Shared House in Watford, Hertfordshire from the previous owner, a well loved community GP
  2. About Extra Care Shared Housing – Commonly known as Residential and Sheltered Housing 
  3. How Our Skilled Wardens can provide support with Care Home Plans Assist
  4. See the Floorplan link http://dementiapartners.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/floor-plan.pdf

The EAC Quality of Information Mark has been granted to Dementia Partners first listing, a kitemark to help promote and celebrate all forms of retirement housing, and ensure that elderly people have access to accurate and detailed information when deciding whether to move home. It is valid for 24 months.

 

1. Description of Dementia Partner’s Shared House in Watford, Hertfordshire from the previous owner, a well loved community GP

  • Property type:Semi-detached house
  • Property style:Period
  • Tenure:Freehold
  • Floors:5
  • Listed status:None
  • Year built1903
  • Bedrooms:6
  • Bathrooms:3
  • Receptions:3
  • Decorative condition:Excellent
  • Central heating:Throughout
  • Parking:Off street
  • Outside space:Private garden
  • Heating type:Radiators
  • Heating fuel:Mains gas
  • Water:Mains (unmetered)
  • Drainage:Mains

Additional features: Basement/cellar,Bespoke fixtures,Conservatory,Double glazing,Ensuite bathroom,Ornamental Fireplaces,Laundry/utility room, Loft/attic,Outbuilding,Period features

Other features: Edwardian features retained as much as possible (last owners removed the toilet in the kitchen in 1985!). High ceilings in main rooms. We are on new kitchen number 3 (in the last 30 yrs) with Italian Granite worksurfaces, a Range Induction Cooker, underfloor heating, conservatory with Pilkington K+ glass with a Utility lean-to, running half the length of the house , Summerhouse +shed at bottom of garden with hot and cold water, 30Amp armoured supply, numerous double sockets, Wifi wired in, fully insulated, Study with original fireplace, surround, tiles, mantlepiece. Livingroom with enormous original fireplace (ornamental), tiles, hearth, surround, mantlepiece, dodo rails, picture rails, original embossed 1903 wallpaper to dado, original brass curtain rail and fireplace surround. Fully tanked basement bedroom/home cinema with new ensuite tiled plus underfloor heating. First Floor: Back bedroom with original fireplace etc, built-in wardrobes and drawer, shelf, worktop unit. Wired with Sky and Freeview point. Small nursery/single bedroom. New fully tiled, underfloor heated, concealed lit, wet room style power shower.Fully boarded out loft with 2 light tubes that emerge in the first floor corridor Second floor Bedroom with built in cupboards , computer desk and shelves built-in. Master bedroom with ensuite bathroom with spa bath and over bath power shower( remodelled and refurbished within the last 10 years). Converted Velux loft room for night time Warden support with cupboard space and access to eaves. Complete new roof in Jan 2014 because the old one needed remedial tile work. Double glazed throughout.

Local transport/amenities: Bushey——> Euston Station 4 minutes away at the bend of the road, train noise not an issue. Oxhey Park and St Matthew’s Church also within walking distance. M25 and M1 very close.

Description of home: When the previous owners bought this house in 1985 it was still in its original Edwardian state, 1898 lino, kitchen with a copper, toilet, Butler’s sink and 1920’s gas cooker. The basement was a larder and a coal hole, there was no heating (they had moved in November!!) and it hadn’t been decorated since being built. They lovingly brought it into the 20th Century retaining/discovering any period fixtures and fittings .They spent in excess of £150,000 over the past 30 years on the house which had been a generous, warm family home. The house has always served them well, it is like a Tardis, unremarkable from the outside but cavernous on the inside. Has to be viewed to do it justice.

Best things about home: Everything the previous owner has listed about his previous home has conferred added value both physically and emotionally to the feel of the house. It’s one of those you walk in to and feel…….yes…….I’d love to live here…..just a feeling but vital when buying a property. We don’t need to have coffee brewing or coffee beans cooking in the oven to give it a ‘homely’ feel, the home will sell itself. Our home is large enough to escape from other residents, if you want\need privacy. It has generously housed the previous family in true family home style over the past 30 years.

 

2. More About Our Extra Care Shared Housing Commonly Known as Residential and Sheltered Housing 

April 2016 – Reeta Ram, Director Dementia Partners Ltd – Alternative housing for dementia care – increasingly popular to living in care home settings. 

New alternatives to the traditional residential care home are being provided by the housing market, with older people in mind. People with learning disabilities and Mental Health problems have been living in alternative housing models for many years.

Alternative housing with additional care packages offered is varied. A landlord agreement is provided to residents plus service and support fees are funded as enhanced care services related to housing. Residents make separate arrangements for a personal care package where the domiciliary agency provider will be regulated by CQC.

Current health and social care policy and legislation emphasises person-centred approaches and use of community based options (e.g. the Care Act 2014), and discourages residential care home settings which are segregated from family and communities.

Residents can rent, buy, or part-own the housing, commonly referred to by other names, such as assisted living, supported living, housing with care, or very sheltered housing.

Key features of extra care housing for older people with dementia are:

  • Residents have a domiciliary care package in place during the day plus a night time warden.
  • Flats, Bungalows are more common these would not be suitable for people with high or complex communication, emotional/psychological, mobility, behavioiral and/or physical needs. Increasingly, house sharing in residential areas provides the person with a sense or familiarity of environment by living in a house on a street, with community amenities including nearby shops, parks, neighbours etc.
  • The landlord provides domestic support such as cleaning and laundry services. Dementia Partners believes for people who have complex communication needs, it is essential for landlords to provide enhanced, skilled landlord support daily comprising checking the person’s domiciliary carers provide a good service, supporting people to have social activities they desire and help with communication with integrated care teams, to keep up with progressive changes in care heeds
  • There are attractive communal facilities and shared services, such as a lounge, dining area and garden.

CQC’S REPORT ON PERFORMANCE OF REGULATED CARE PROVIDERS

In their State of Health Care and Adult Social are in England 2015/16 report, a tipping point is predicted by CQC to be approaching. Market Oversight is a statutory scheme through which CQC assesses the financial sustainability of those care to encourage continuity of care when providers fail. CQC have seen profit margins reducing – both due to pressures on fees that those funding care of care are able or willing to pay, and overhead pressures that include the impact of the national living wage.  CQC flag examples in a recent report of large providers starting to hand back home care contracts that they think are uneconomic and undeliverable.

The February 2017, the White Paper notes the government’s commitment to explore ways to help older people to move at the right time, including possible future incentives.

Dementia Partners believes for people who have complex communication needs, it is essential for landlords to provide frequent, skilled landlord support. This would include checking the person’s domiciliary carers are providing a good service, supporting people to have high quality social activities they desire and providing communication support with the integrated care teams – all essential landlord support needed to keep up with anticipated and progressive changes in care needs

Dementia Partners continues to strongly support the enhanced housing model with skilled staff being provided to people with complex communication needs caused by dementia, stroke, etc to whom domiciliary care packages are suitable.

3. How Our Skilled Wardens can provide support with Care Home Plans Assist

Keeping good records of clinical and care related needs enables you, the care home, social workers and clinicians to understand the care that the person has been given.  Care home records provide the basis for future care and are the main way to share information with other members of the care home staff and doctors who may be providing care for a person, who has no mental capacity to initiate requests of the care home staff or doctors.

Care home plans should include the person’s health and personal care needs and an indication of the management plan, including expressed wishes of the patient and their family or attorney (or equivalent). The care plan records should contain factual information and opinions that relate to diagnoses, treatment and the 24 hour care plan. People residing in care homes are entitled to be involved in monthly reviews of care home records and earlier if they need a review sooner.

Every attorney (or equivalent) has doubts about his or her supervision of their loved one in a care home.  Care home staff work within a strict remit of managing health needs and often do not recognise that the attorney has a legal and moral duty to act in the person’s financial and health related best interests. There is usually a lead person in the care home who will be available to discuss the regular reviews of the care home plans with you.

The good thing is that support by our skilled Wardens in monthly review of dementia care plans leads to you becoming an expert by experience. Every view you input as attorney (or equivalent) in all of the decisions made by the care home and clinicians is a step along the road and makes you a more skilled attorney. The benefits are more comfort and dignity for the person.  The attorney can appreciate the consequent risks of harm if any of the care plans are not followed.

Whilst travelling along this road, you can either travel the long road – or use shortcuts. We can assist when family are not available to attend to these reviews being familiar with our resident’s housing needs and personal wishes.

Activities

These are stimulating and varied.

4. See the Floorplan link http://dementiapartners.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/floor-plan.pdf