A stimulating space
Exclusive to the dementia unit, and with direct but secure access, is a specially designed multi-zone sensory garden, with bright flowers, trickling water, space to relax, space to move, space to be free, all within a controlled and considered environment and with care on hand. Meals can be eaten in the shade of the pergola, or the wheelchair-bound can enjoy escorted walks on the network of pathways. The space is typically reflective, in fact, of the ethos of care and compassion that is the lifeblood of this very modern care home for those with particular needs.
The Magic Table
One of the Forget Me Not unit’s key pieces of ‘care’ equipment is the aptly monikered ceiling-mounted Magic Table, the Dutch-developed Tofertavel (one of just a handful in the UK), which projects interactive images onto a table and with which beneficiaries can engage, reminisce, and relax. Eyes light up when a ‘player’ swipes a flower the size of a saucer and it grows to the size of the table, or a goldfish swims up an arm, or a bubble literally bursts when tapped. For beneficiaries with varying cognition, it is a revelation; initiative is not required, but it provokes reaction, relaxes, and brightens the day in a calm manner.
Do I qualify for Residential Care or Independent Living?
Qualifying individuals, or their next of kin, can apply to the Charity for accommodation in a flat for independent living. However, the Charity does have small provision for some individuals to apply for direct entry into Cullum Welch Court either for residential care, residential care with nursing or residential dementia care. We are, for example, able to offer residential care for one person, while their partner might be more able so could be accommodated in one of our independent living flats, both together under the same ‘Morden College’ roof. Direct entrants pay fees that compare favourably with other similar providers of the best residential care in the private sector. Once an individual has been accepted into the Charity as a ‘resident beneficiary’ they are automatically eligible to use all care services, after an assessment of the need for care has been made by our qualified staff.
You can find out more about the application process here.