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New quiet lounge at Rose Lodge


Our newly completed quiet lounge

Today we completed our new quiet lounge. We now have a wonderful cosy room which will be a great place for residents to enjoy a quiet space, for residents to meet with their families and friends, and for ‘quiet’ activities such as our weekly religious service at Rose Lodge.

New Care office and resident library at Rose Lodge


Our new book case

We have just completed the new care office at the end of the lounge. This will help the manager stay in close touch with residents, relatives, staff, GPs etc and it also keeps the ‘work’ out of the lounge, so the lounge has become more domestic and comfortable for the residents.

As part of the refurbishment we have installed new book cases at eye height so that our books, CDs etc are easy at hand for the residents and staff.

Specialist dementia carpets at Rose Lodge

This week saw the arrival of our wonderful new carpet which has been laid in the lounge, dining room, and the back hall. The carpet is specially designed for people living with dementia – it has a low pattern and is soft on the feet as well as being cleanable. By having the same colour in those three areas it helps the residents to move freely around the home, as we and others have observed that people with dementia can sometimes be reluctant to walk across changing carpets.

Why did we get new carpets ? Well carpets can have a profound impact on the quality of life of people with dementia. 

  • The length of pile is important. Too high a pile, and people can find it hard to use mobility aids such as Zimmer frames. Too short and it can increase the likelihood of injury when someone falls.
  • The patterning is also important. Some people with dementia can find it hard to work out what they are seeing when a carpet is highly patterned and this can make them nervous about walking around.
  • Changes in carpet, and carpet separating strips can be very confusing for some people with dementia, making them reluctant to cross the two carpets, so effectively imprisoning themselves in one part of the home.
  • Carpets should be cushioned so that the impact of any falls is reduced.
  • Carpets need to be cleanable and vigorously cleaned to maintain a sense of dignity – who wants to live in a place with dirty carpets ? Unfortunately many homes avoid these complications by using a vinyl type flooring in some parts of the home, which inevitably ends up looking quite institutional and anything but homely.

Our view is that people with dementia deserve the same homely comforts that we all deserve, and that includes great carpets.

Jackie Pool Associates rates Rose Lodge care ‘good’

In December we engaged a consultant from Jackie Pool Associates who are experts in person-centred and dementia care consulting and training. They rated our care practice as ‘good’ and over the next year they will provide extensive training and support to help us elevate our care practice to ‘excellent’.

They have also evaluated the physical environment at Rose Lodge and over the next year we will be making a number of changes to creat a more therapeutic environment.

Jackie Pool Assoicates can be found here: