Listed in Shropshire
Bennett House is a purpose-built residential care home for older adults, mainly catering for those with dementia and mental health concerns. The scheme houses 45 residents in individual rooms as well as 12 day visitors. Situated in the residential area of Telford, Bennett House’s well-equipped accommodation with its own garden is also within easy walking distance of community facilities such as a pharmacy, medical centre, community centre and public house. Local shopping centres are easily reached by a short bus journey.
Bennett House uses the Eden Alternative, an approach that focuses on improving the ageing experience by engaging residents with plants, animals and children in a variety of activities, from flower arranging to cooking and crafts with local Brownie groups. In a six month trial of Eden, the number of Bennett House residents using psychotropic drugs as part of dementia treatment fell from 47 per cent to just two per cent.
Many activities are offered within the scheme, with a flexibly structured programme designed to accommodate individual interests and personal hobbies. The home has four separate but integral units, one of which offers specialist care for people with mental ill health, including dementia.