Blue crockery – Coloured crockery is proven to support dining when a person loses their ability to distinguish between colours. One resident became very agitated at mealtimes and often threw his plate in anger. When the care home introduced blue crockery, this resident could see the food on his plate and the agitation disappeared totally, enabling the resident to eat his dinner. This resident had seen other people were eating but thought his own plate was empty.
Blue plates – One gentleman resident never ate mashed potatoes, however when blue plates were used, he cleared his plate. Again, he could see the food and therefore was able to eat it.
Yellow mugs – increased levels of hydration
The introduction of yellow mugs into a hospital has resulted in increased levels of hydration. The Find Dining mugs are very dignified, easy to hold and area also highly visible, which prompts patients to drink more.
Lady recognised her lilac door
When Find’s signage and door cals were introduce at Elmhurst, one lady was thrilled with her lilac door. It was a colour she recognised and told staff she didn’t need a sign as she recognised her bedroom door simply by the unique colour.
Lady behind the blue door and husband behind the green door
When the door cals were installed at Athorpe Lodge, a husband and wife were residents, but due to his nursing needs, were in separate rooms. Using coloured door cals made it much easier for her to locate both rooms as her door was blue and her husband’s was green. This reduced her anxiety levels and ensured her independence for much longer.
First yellow door
When the door cals were introduced on the dementia unit in a care home in Rotherham, one resident would be heard say “first yellow door, first yellow door, first yellow door..” as she went down the corridor to find her bedroom without the need for support. She had a smile on her face when she found her room.
A Manchester United scarf totally filled one memory box, which made it very easy for the resident to find his bedroom without help. It was also a great talking point as staff knew he was a keen football supporter and the conversations helped to reduce the resident’s levels of distress
Corridors in care homes often look the same but one resident found it much easier to find her bedroom when reminiscence pictures were used for orientation purposes. The resident could remember that she lived next door to Marilyn Monroe
Another resident in the same home was helped to find his own bedroom by putting pictures of trains outside his door as his hobby had been steam trains.
Toilet sign – We get a lot of positive feedback about how incontinence episodes reduce when the toilet signs are introduced. I saw the immediate effect of this myself many years ago when I held a sign up against a toilet door to demonstrate the contrast and visibility. A resident, who was often incontinent, pushed me out of the way to use the facilities. I am often told that the impact is immediate and it was fantastic to witness
Bedroom sign – At a care home in Newcastle, one resident had been a security guard and spent all day patrolling the corridors. The home put an image of a security badge in the interchangeable bedroom sign and the resident recognised this as his bedroom/office.
-in general are proving excellent for orientation, engagement and social interaction
When the Cafe was introduced at Bruce Lodge, it was an instant hit with residents, visitors and staff alike. An individual, who visited the care home to carry out an assessment on a resident, complimented the Manager as she had been able to carry out a much better assessment in the friendly cafe environment than in someone’s bedroom.
At Warmley House, Bristol, a dementia unit for men, has introduced murals to create a pub. The room is used in the evening for drinks prior to dinner, but also works well on a morning for breakfast – jus t the same at having a Wetherspoon’s breakfast!
Bus Stop – many residents love sitting at a bus stop and have had some great conversations with care staff. They are familiar places that many older people will have used, meeting friends and neighbours as they travel
Care at home products
In the early stages of dementia, my mother-in-law struggled to remember small things on a daily basis. We purchased the reminder frame and she uses it regularly to prompt her to carry out daily tasks and to make a note of any appointment times. It has definitely helped her to maintain some independence and her confidence.
Reusable stickers – AC
Throw & Tell Ball – liquorice Allsorts
When visiting a care home in Southport, I met a resident who had behavioural issues and therefore required 1:1 care. His Carer took the Throw & Tell Ball to trial it while I was on site. Within 10 minutes, the carer came into the office amazed by the results. She had found out very quickly that the resident loved liquorice all sorts. A great treat for him going forward as the information was included in his care plan
Throw & Tell Ball – a wedding that never happened
It was in the lead up to Christmas and already an emotional time as residents were singing Christmas carols. I spent some time with a resident who didn’t interact easily. We were throwing the ball to each other and one of her questions related to wedding memories. My resident opened up and told me about how her fiancé had been killed in a tragic accident many years before and how she had never found another person to love. She still had so many memories from those days, many were of the time they spent together. It was a lovely reminiscing opportunity.
Therapy Doll – lady talking for first time in 2 years
Whilst visiting a care home, a female resident came into the office and saw our Therapy Doll and took a great interest in it. I passed her the doll and continued to take products out of my case. When I looked up, I realised something had happened as both members of staff were wide eyed, one wiping away a tear. When I asked if everything was ok, they told me that the lady was talking to the doll and it was the first time in more than two years that the lady had managed to string more than a few words together – it was a very emotional moment.
Male reaction to the Therapy Doll
When visiting care homes, I have regularly seen the loving response the ladies have to the Therapy Doll and the smiles they bring to male residents, although men rarely interact with them. On one occasion, a man (with behavioural challenges) took an interest in the doll while it was being nursed by a female resident. He would not take the doll, however, he leant over and kissed the doll on the forehead and then sang it a lullaby. Going back to the days when he had been a young Dad, this was likely part of his evening ritual
“set out in pieces every morning and all completed by evening”
Find Memory Care transformed one of our unused rooms into a pub, which quickly became a very popular social space for our residents. As we wanted the area to be interactive and social, we included a range of activities, including Find’s 16 piece jigsaws. Every morning, the jigsaws are set out on coffee tables ready for use and everyone is completed by the end of the day.
Manager, Places for People Living +
With regards to our continued purchasing of your wc seat range , offered in both the blue and grey colours, I would recommend these seats to any person in charge of a public or care facility. When I first joined the trust, our maintenance team were regularly replacing toilet seats in our care homes . The toilet seats, purchased both from regular retailers and also directly from sanitaryware manufacturers proved simply not robust enough for the environment of our care facilities. Since installing find toilet seats, we haven’t had one toilet seat fail. This obviously is both beneficial in labour time replacing the seats plus the cost of repeatedly purchasing” off the shelf” toilet seats. We have now replaced all toilet seats with the toilet seats purchased from your company in our 15 sites.
The Bridgewood Trust Ltd