During a recent Furncare webinar, a panelist from The University of Stirling Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC), revealed some breaking news. 

Lynsey Hutchinson, Associate Interior Designer and Accreditations Assessor, announced that less than 24 hours earlier Furncare had been awarded A1 & Gold Standard ratings for dementia-friendly interiors by the DSDC. Furncare’s exclusive Admonere wardrobes, drawer units, dressing tables and bedside cabinets were awarded the highest A1 rating.

Complementing the Admonere cabinet range in the Remini Dementia Collection are coordinated highback lounge chairs and visitor chairs which are upholstered in a variety of contrasting high-performance fabrics. The Remini Collection features specialist room themes for those living with dementia, and includes a choice of fully electronic profiling beds, matching curtains, soft furnishings and accessories, achieved the highest ‘Gold Standard’ rating from the DCDS, and is available exclusively from Furncare within just five days of ordering.

Individualised Care

The Dementia Matters webinar went on to examine more factors to consider when caring for residents with dementia, creating dementia-friendly environments and improving CQC ratings.

Hosted by Mike Goldwater from Furncare, Lynsey Hutchinson and David Wilson-Wynne from the DSDC joined leading care home operators Ruth French of Stow Healthcare and Director of The Outstanding Society, and Paul Gaskell from Runwood Homes on the panel. Jade Eaglen, Interior Design Coordinator at Furncare completed the expert line up.

Dementia is like a thief…

Following the announcement by Lyndsey, David Wynne-Wilson from the DSDC gave an overview of dementia and the care challenges it presents. Paul Gaskell of Runwood Homes explained aspects of his dementia care model and training courses, likening dementia to a thief, stealing different things from different people. “When we know all we can about the individual, we can see what dementia is stealing, and can help to put some of those missing pieces back.”

Ruth French also emphasised the importance of individualised care and evidence on the journey from ‘requires improvement’ to an ‘outstanding’ CQC rating. She told of a resident who was unable to shave. Carers helped him to use a vegetable peeler until he had regained sufficient manual dexterity to use a razor safely again, showing how some ‘lost’ functions can be retrieved with the right care and encouragement. 

Having already announced the official DSDC accreditation for the new Remini Collection, Lyndsey Hutchinson explained how Light Reflectance Values (LRV) can help designers to plan dementia-friendly interiors. LRV is a measure of contrast between different surfaces ranging from 0 (black) to 100 (white). For someone with visual impairment as a result of dementia, a difference of at least 30 points between surfaces will help them make sense of their environment. Jade Eaglen agreed, explaining that this was one of the key considerations during the design and development process, and highlighted the fact that the LRV for each product is specified in the Remini Collection brochure. 

The Remini Collection can be delivered from stock within just five days. For further details please visit www.furncare.co.uk or call 01603 664 900.

The webinar is now available to anyone who was unable to attend the live broadcast. To download Dementia Matters or the Furncare Remini Collection brochure, scan the QR code, visit furncare.co.uk or call 01603 664 900.