Visitors are warmly welcomed at a Quantum home at any time.
Friends and family can enjoy meals with residents and take part in activities and outings. Involvement is a personal decision and depends on individual circumstances but we're happy to support friends and family to enjoy their visits.
If you are visiting a person with dementia it can be a difficult and complex experience. Please talk to the home manager or one of the senior team if you need any support with visiting.
Here are some ideas to help you to make the most of your visits with your relative or friend, particularly those with dementia:
- Take the person for a walk, read something to them, play music together, or visit at mealtimes so you can help with eating.
- Bring favourite foods or sweets for the person to enjoy.
- Compile a memory book of past events – newspaper cuttings, photographs (particularly of special occasions) and reminisce together.
- Show picture books of previous hobbies or jobs, e.g. gardens, flowers, buildings, trains, paintings.
- Read out letters from family and friends.
- Take a good friend to help share conversation.
- Celebrate special events such as birthdays, Easter and Christmas, by taking a cake.
- When conversation becomes difficult, gently massage the person's hands with a small bottle of lavender or sandalwood massage oil.
- Remember that a person with dementia may see life very differently to you, so try not to get into disagreements about reality.
- Smile: kindness, humour and creativity are essential parts of caregiving. Hugs and other gentle physical contact will help your loved one feel connected and loved.
- Think Positive - focus on remaining strengths and enjoy your relationship.