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.
Cartlidge House is a multi-purpose care setting for older adults, catering for a broad spectrum of residents. We provide support for adults with dementia, individuals with mobility challenges and persons who need extra support due to frailty. The scheme houses 54 residents in individual rooms, including our rehabilitation household, which is for people making the transition from hospital to their own homes, after illness or operations.
Situated in the residential area of Telford, Cartlidge House has its own garden which is maintained by residents and staff, and includes purpose built planters for residents to grow their own flowers and food produce. The planters have been adapted by maintenance staff, to ensure that they are fully inclusive for all residents. We are in close proximity to Oakengates, which offers a variety of pubs, cafes and shopping facilities including a vintage tea room, a library and pharmacy. Residents are supported to visit Oakengates on a weekly basis; however, we also encourage residents to venture further afield within the locality, with regular trips to The Southwater development, Ironbridge and other Accord schemes, including those in Woodside and Donnington. Cartlidge House advocates the Eden Alternative, which actively encourages spontaneity and we have a varied, flexible and exciting programme of weekly activities, with all decisions being made by the residents through consultation. Through activities such as reminiscence with Wrockwardine Wood primary school, pet therapy and exercise classes, all residents are given opportunity to continue to grow, express their individuality and feel connected to their community.
We challenge loneliness, helplessness and boredom by creating a sense of community that is based around the needs of our residents. By creating an environment where life revolves around close and continuing contact with plants, animals and children, we help people live full and exciting lives. We believe that no matter how old we are or what challenges we live with, life is about continuing to grow.