Richmond Villages, part of Bupa, has opened a pioneering new village for people living with dementia in Willaston, South Cheshire.
Inspired by a Dutch ‘household’ care model, Richmond Villages Willaston is among the first specialist villages in the UK to champion community living for those with dementia.
Philippa Fieldhouse, Managing Director for Richmond Villages, said: “People across the country are working hard to care for loved ones with dementia. We want to provide the right support, when it’s needed.
“This Dutch household care model has had strong results in the Netherlands and is an exciting step forward for UK dementia care. We want to help people lead fulfilling lives, supporting them to retain their independence and connection with the community, so that they can live well with dementia.
“The learnings from this village will shape the future of care across our other homes and villages, offering people with dementia the right care for them.”
The new specialist Richmond Village consists of six households, each designed with accessibility in mind. Households have six en-suite bedrooms with private patios, as well shared living areas and safe outdoor spaces.
In place of traditional support services, such as cooks and cleaners, residents are supported by household assistants who help with meal-planning, cooking, cleaning, gardening and organising activities around their own interests and care needs.
Designed with leading experts in care, the village has introduced innovative new technology. At night, residents will be ‘acoustically monitored’ using an auditory system. This observes noise levels in residents’ rooms while they sleep, alerting staff if sounds exceed or drop below expected levels, and otherwise allowing residents to retain their independence with an undisturbed night’s sleep.