Our compassionate dementia care home in Hemel Hempstead.
The effects of living with dementia can affect people in very different ways and often, their symptoms can change and alter in their prominence from moment to moment and over time as their condition develops.
At Water Mill House, our approach to dementia care is one of compassion, kindness and sensitivity, where residents are supported to live meaningful lives full of happiness, acceptance and contentment, irrespective of the type of dementia they live with and their symptoms at any given time.
We achieve this sensitive approach by spending time with our residents, and those closest to them, gaining an understanding of their medical and wellbeing needs, their likes and dislikes and how their dementia currently affects them which, in turn, enables our loving team members to deliver the very best care and support.
By cherishing and nurturing each person’s individuality, and developing a true understanding of them, we form close bonds with our residents and are able to read small changes in someone’s mood and overall wellbeing at any given time. By reading someone’s body language, tone of voice and facial expressions we have an accurate insight into how they are feeling at that particular time.
This enables us to tailor our care in a flexible and responsive way, which evolves with their changing condition, helps us to promote choice and independence and support feelings of happiness and safety whilst minimising insecurity, anxiety and frustration.
Life with us
Our home environment is also specially designed to support the overall wellbeing of our residents who live with dementia, with a balance of beautiful, serene places to relax coupled with a variety of shared spaces in which to socialise and places of interest to promote meaningful engagement such as our roof terrace and traditional sweet shop.
Within our specially-designed dementia suite we are able to enjoy an indoor garden, with cheerful colours and flowers whilst our street-lined corridors feature a post office, grocery, vet and clothes shop – all with interactive objects outside such as a post box, scarves and hats.
Along with bedroom door numbers, residents are able to choose their own door colour to aid with recognition and clear signage for communal spaces support residents to understand the function of a room before going in.
Our dining room features colours which provide contrast between tablecloths, cutlery and tableware – helping residents to see the objects more clearly and supporting continued independence, whilst meals are shown to residents enabling them to choose which one is more appealing to them.
A home for life
As we are able to provide a variety of care within our home, including residential dementia care and nursing dementia care, our residents should never find themselves in a situation where we are unable to meet their needs. We also have a number of couples’ rooms that enable couples or friends to keep living with one another.
Our kind and caring approach extends to our residents’ family and friends too, as well as carers within our local community, as we appreciate how the effects of their loved one’s condition impacts many people beyond the person living with dementia.
This is why our compassionate team is always on hand to provide a listening ear or have a chat, and we also host regular events, to help families, and people within our local community in Hertfordshire, better understand the condition.