Living life with dementia at Lilian Faithfull Care

Across Lilian Faithfull Care, we’re passionate about caring for people living with dementia and supporting their families in Gloucestershire.

In support of Alzheimer’s ‘dementia action week,’ we wanted to share our care and some perspectives of living with dementia from guests, families and staff.

We look after remarkable people living with dementia, at every stage of their journey, across all our six care homes and day hub in Cheltenham and Stroud.

Over the last year, our charity has expanded the dementia care services and adapted spaces in our care homes, to cater for the rise in demand for dementia care in Gloucestershire.

Our focus is on offering the practical care and emotional support for people living with dementia, and giving ongoing advice to loved ones in Gloucestershire.

Secret Garden Hub
Living with dementia in the community

At the heart of the Suffolk’s in Cheltenham, our Secret Garden adult day care hub has become a real beacon of hope for people living with dementia in the community, and also helped combat loneliness and isolation.

Located in the gardens of our Faithfull House care home, the experienced hub team offer tailored day care, in a family sized, peaceful and safe environment. The hub provides companionship and independence for guests and respite and support to families and carers.

The team’s warm and happy vibe is infectious.

Roger Morris and Secret Garden team
Perspectives of dementia care at Secret Garden Hub

Roger Morris visits the Hub twice a week and he told us about his life living with dementia and his Hub visits,

“Dementia – it’s a horrible thing to have as you don’t trust yourself. You don’t know if you are thinking correctly.  I have to write lots of notes, things like that, to lead a fairly normal life. I come to the Hub to meet people, because I lost all my confidence and I hardly dare go out on my own. It’s a peculiar thing really as I used to be very sociable.”

Roger used to play rugby for Northampton as wing three-quarter (and had a trial for England), he continued,

Coming here, it’s the camaraderie, chatting and talking to people which is the most important thing.” 

John Herlihy, whose mother visits the Hub shared his family perspective of the day care,

“It is a great reassurance to us that the service can be provided, as is the fact that mum seems to get such a boost from the antics of staff, guests and visitors weekly.

The Secret Garden appears to have developed a secret magic formula for early and mid-stage dementia care!”

Flower picture
New young onset dementia group

Our Secret Garden day care team have recently set up a new group for younger people living with dementia, supporting those typically aged 40-65.

The day is full of opportunity to have fun, with various activities, entertainment, trips out, good food, along with companionship of others who are also adapting to living life with dementia at a young age.

The small welcoming group means people quickly feel at home and the experienced staff adapt the day to suit, in a safe and supportive environment.

Royal Court, Lilian Faithfull
New dedicated dementia care suites

We now have three specialist dementia care suites across two of our residential care homes. The Bluebell suite at Faithfull House in Suffolk Square and the Dragonfly and Butterfly suites at Royal Court in Fiddlers Green Cheltenham.

Residents share a family sized lounge and dining room, with their own bedroom, which offers familiarity and peace, to those who might otherwise feel lost or overwhelmed in a larger or vibrant home environment.

Activities are on a one to one and group basis and include gentle exercise, trips out, music therapy, art and cookery. Activities also include doing day to day tasks which give residents a sense of purpose and routine, which residents really benefit from.

For more about the suites visit dementia care

Kate Mackman shared her experience of her mother’s care at the Bluebell suite at Faithfull House.
“Bringing them into a setting like this means that you can go back to being a son or daughter. You can visit, have coffee, tea and cake, take them out and enjoy those moments.”
Cherie and Audrey
Cherie works at the Dragonfly dementia suite

Cherie Thomas is our Care Team Leader at our new dementia care suites at Royal Court. She understands dementia, not only professionally but personally, so has particular empathy with families considering care;

My mum had dementia, so it’s always a worry that you don’t want to feel like you are letting them down. It is not an easy illness to deal with being a family member, but you have to do what’s in your family’s best interest. When you start becoming a carer, your family orientation goes – you lose being a son or daughter.”

“Bringing them into a setting like this means that you can go back to being a son or daughter. You can visit, have coffee, tea and cake, take them out and enjoy those moments.”
Faithfull House team photo
Specialist dementia care staff

Carer Wendy Heeks has worked at St Faith’s nursing home for 45 years and remembers what it was like back then.

“I started when I was seventeen years old and dementia was not spoken about, it was just explained as ‘confused’.”

Today, all our staff receive dementia training, from induction onwards, so that they understand and can work with skill and confidence to assist those living with dementia.

Our teams of ‘dementia care leads’ and ‘dementia link workers’ receive the latest dementia training, and continually cascade it to staff to ensure they’re up to date.

We are very privileged to care for the remarkable people who live with or visit us. We believe people should have every opportunity to live their lives with dignity and respect. Not forgetting our older generation helped form our way of life and have given so much to society as we know it.

Our support for families with loved ones living with dementia

Our staff are here to help families who have loved ones living with dementia and want to learn more.

You are welcome to visit us for a cuppa and a chat for advice and practical tips with our dementia care experts.

Do not hestitate to get in touch with our homes or hubs.

Get in touch for help and information

To find out more about dementia care across Lilian Faithfull Care charity visit dementia care

For help finding dementia care with us, contact Netty Wade for more information and a show around.

07519 328218
Email Netty Wade