Dementia care homes

Living with dementia

When someone begins displaying signs of dementia, even the smallest things can be a worry. Whether it's paying the bills, locking the doors at night or just fetching groceries, elderly people with dementia or Alzheimer's can sometimes simply forget to look after themselves. Relatives and friends are often deeply concerned for their loved one's welfare, but feel they lack the resources and expertise to be a carer.

That's where Meridian comes in. We provide dementia care homes across the north, with eight comfortable residential centres in locations from Liverpool to Scunthorpe. All are in quiet, leafy areas close to major cities, so friends and family can easily visit and enjoy a cup of tea in the lounge areas or the gardens.

These centres offer all the benefits of our health care homes: a safe and clean environment, nutritionally balanced meals three times a day, and nurses on call 24/7 just in case. However, there is the added advantage of specialist dementia care, meaning staff fully understand the condition and how best to look after residents. This includes getting to know the residents on a personal level, finding out what they like and dislike, their personality and their personal history. Furthermore, a range of dementia activities are available, specially tailored to improve memory and aid relaxation.

Activities for people with dementia

  • Relaxation therapy rooms, with lights and ambient music
  • Reminiscence sessions with objects from the past
  • The opportunity to help out with domestic chores
  • Sonas techniques to encourage communication
  • Knitting and arts and crafts sessions
  • A hairdressing and manicure salon
  • The cinema shows films, but most bedrooms have a TV too
  • Gentle keep fit and armchair aerobics

Meridian encourages residents to make their care centre a home from home. Newcomers are welcome to bring their own furnishings and personal touches – especially people with dementia, as this can be good for the memory and make the resident feel secure in their new home. Meanwhile, all the activities we lay on are optional, so residents can be as sociable as they like, or enjoy peaceful relaxation in their bedroom or the quiet rooms.

Choosing a dementia care home

Meridian offers elderly people and their families plenty of advice on choosing a care centre. The main thing to consider is whether any specialist services are required. A dementia care home will of course be necessary if your loved one requires that extra level of attention and understanding.

Meridian currently has eight dementia care home centres across the north of England. The decision of which will be right for your loved one will depend on location, availability and facilities. Meridian dementia care home locations are:

  • Armley (Leeds)
  • Ashton-under-Lyne
  • Dukinfield
  • Huyton (Merseyside)
  • Hyde
  • Kirkby (Merseyside)
  • Scunthorpe
  • Stalybridge

Perhaps your loved one lived near one of these locations in the past, or has a friend or relative already residing at a dementia care home. If not, you will of course want to choose the dementia care facility closest to you (depending on availability), enabling you to visit frequently. Seeing familiar faces and reminiscing about the past can help people with dementia to relax, so visitors are always welcome. For precisely the same reason, we strive to encourage continuity, routine and sociable activities at our dementia care homes.

It's important to remember that some of the facilities at Meridian care homes can vary. Many have en suites and televisions, while some include hairdressing salons, entertainment or garden areas. If your relative will need disabled access, a hearing loop, any regular medical treatment or a specialised diet, it can be arranged on request. Finally, to ensure your loved one will be happy in a dementia care home, you can arrange a visit to see for yourself what a safe, happy and friendly place it is.