TRIED and tested over a century in schools, the Montessori method is now being utilised to help those living with dementia at an Essex care home to relearn lost skills.
Staff at the Moat House, in Great Dunmow have worked closely with leading dementia consultant Dr Daniel Nightingale to introduce the methods, based on encouragement, structure and enhanced concentration.
Research has shown careful use of the techniques can help those living with dementia and memory loss to not only retain skills for longer but, in some cases, to relearn movement based activities they have forgotten.
Particular attention is being given to eating skills to enable residents at the care home’s specialist dementia suite the dignity of dining independently.
Moat House activities organiser Leah Dayes has been working closely with Dr Nightingale and staff at the care home to introduce the strategy. It is now being implemented at other dementia suites also owned by Retirement Villages Ltd.
Paul Walsh is the company’s Managing Director, Care and Operations. He said: “We always strive to deliver the very best care and support to our residents. The introduction of the Montessori methods into our dementia suites, with the help of Dr Nightingale, is a demonstration of how seriously we take that commitment. Every single one of our residents, whatever their daily challenges, deserves the very best support to enable them to live their life to the optimum. Simple activities like eating unaided can boost confidence in other areas.”
Dr Nightingale said: “Early research has shown very positive results using these methods. I am delighted to be helping a well respected company like Retirement Villages lead the way in introducing techniques which can make a real difference every day to their residents.”