Middleton Oaks - Family Style Living – Services
Middleton Oaks Carers
Our Middleton Oaks carers do not wear uniforms because it is important for residents to feel at home. There is a high staff to resident ratio ensuring our staff can always put the resident at the centre of everything we do. Dementia affects people’s memories and ability to do every day things but people’s feelings and emotions are very much present. The staff focus on the person first and dementia second so that each person’s identity is valued. Making that connection with someone makes all the difference. High staff to resident ratio coupled with minimal staff turnover, fosters a close relationship between staff and each person and their families. This encourages a positive, responsive, trusting and friendly environment where staff and residents learn from each other.
Our Living Well philosophy is at the heart of Middleton Hall and residents and staff working together are key in making this happen.
Focusing on the resident’s likes and strengths, the service is adapted to benefit their well-being, promoting and supporting their engagement of activities. For example the Middleton Oaks team, with the help of the award winning gardeners, incorporated a small putting green in the grounds to benefit a keen golfer, upholding pride and identity which can often be eroded over time when a person lives with dementia.
For others with green fingers, the gardens and vegetable patch provide a wonderful space for residents to participate in. Pruning pots and troughs, watering tomatoes, helping mow the lawn and tending to the chickens are just some ideas that help engage our residents.
The Living Well and Middleton Oaks teams together arrange in-house activities and trips out. Most activities are conducted in a small group or on an individual basis, which we find residents prefer. Trips out normally include visits to theatres, shops, local events, the seaside, nature reserves or picnics, depending on residents’ preferences. Middleton Hall has two minibuses for trips out. In addition, we provide a local transport service for residents in Middleton Hall’s car.