Dementia specialist care home
Pennine Lodge is situated in the historic town of Todmorden which sits in the Upper Calder Valley in Calderdale, West Yorkshire. Our Edwardian manor house overlooks the beautiful Centre Vale Park, where our ladies and gentlemen can take country walks and be close to nature. Our location gives us great transport links to Leeds, Sheffield and Halifax.
When someone new joins our family – and we really do feel like a family here at Pennine Lodge – we care for our ladies and gentlemen as we would wish to be cared for ourselves. We get to know each person well, their likes, dislikes, hobbies, achievements, family history and connections. This enables us to care for them with the same knowledge and care as their own family would. We design person-centred care plans which cover not only physical needs like exercise, special menus and medication – but also social and spiritual needs, interests and preferences.
Many of those who live here grew up and have lived in Todmorden and surrounding areas for their whole lives. This means that our home has a real community feel, with people often becoming neighbours all over again and continuing their lifelong friendships.
We are passionate about supporting our ladies and gentlemen to enjoy meaningful and stimulating activities and experiences every day.
Philosophy of care
Our philosophy of care is to provide a high quality service in a person-centred and holistic way. We place great emphasis on developing an individual’s skills rather than focusing on their diagnosis. Everyone we care for is treated as an individual and is cared for with dignity, respect and empathy.
Our home has three units – William, Harrison and Ryland, which are situated over two floors of our Edwardian manor house. There are 38 single ensuite bedrooms, large communal dining areas on both floors and a further small dining area on the ground floor.
There are several large stylish and comfortable lounges where our ladies and gentlemen can socialise and relax with friends or family in a community setting.
We are lucky to have a hair salon with professional hair dresser on site as well as access to therapy rooms and a hydro pool at Asquith Hall care home, our sister home, which is located next door.
We have step free access, a lift and disabled parking, electric profiling beds and a nurse call system.
Aims for dementia and mental health
Our aim is to have zero crisis admissions back to the hospital for mental health care which to date has been achieved. We monitor every stage of care to maintain the dignity of an individual in what can be a long, progressive condition.
Pennine Lodge is a dementia friendly setting. The walls of our communal areas are decorated with dementia friendly wall art. We have created a shopping area, with a post office, newsagent, tea shop, bar and library that stimulate the senses and encourage people to be active. The environment gives our ladies and gentlemen a real sense of purpose and they often go to pick up a newspaper after breakfast or entertain family at the tea shop. The wall art is painted in traditional colours for an authentic appearance – creating a nostalgic atmosphere which promotes reminiscence and brings back happy memories.
Our corridors are decorated with soothing and stimulating tactile sensory paintings depicting the seaside. The differently designed areas help to make our home feel familiar, supporting those who reside with us to feel at home or to settle into their new environment.
Unlike the tea shop, library and shopping area, we use these bright and bold areas to stimulate conversations about past holidays and family. We find this kind of work is more appropriate and successful in the morning, while our calm and cosy areas are perfect for those who may need a more reassuring and relaxing atmosphere.
Losing track of time is one of the early symptoms of dementia and not knowing whether it is day or night can cause distress and trigger challenging behaviours. This is especially important during the winter months, when it’s dark at both 6am and 6pm. We have dementia friendly day and night clocks in all community areas. These clocks clear up any confusion, as they show whether it is day or night in an easy to understand way.
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