Reminiscing with Bob at Amherst Court

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Reminiscing with Bob at Amherst Court

An online trip down memory lane for Amherst Court resident Bob.

Bob is a new resident at Amherst Court; a care home in Chatham which provides dementia care to older people. During a chat with staff over breakfast one morning it was clear Bob was missing his home and where he grew up.

Unaware to Bob of the modern technology available, quick thinking staff took Bob to the nearest computer in the home and looked up his home town of Penrhyndeudraeth, North Wales.

Staff eventually found on Google Maps the house that Bob grew up in and were able to zoom in on the property; this for Bob was a happy but also quite an emotional moment as he spoke about his mum standing in the window watching him tend to the green out the front, as back then he was training to be a gardener.

Continuing through Google Maps Bob found his local pub, The Royal Oak, where he had many a story to tell “I popped in there more than a few times after work, said Bob, it was only a two minute walk from where I worked”.

Bob spent time looking through the old photos online, happily pointing out different areas and places he used to visit and laughing about the people he used to know.

Bob spent the rest of that afternoon searching for memories of his old stomping ground and since this day Bob can often be found in the Internet café at Amherst Court ‘surfing the net’ looking for old pictures of his town and places he used to visit.

“In my old home town everyone knew everyone, you even knew some you didn’t want to know!”Bob, Amherst Court.

Amanda Odd, Home Manager, commented “At Amherst Court we recognise that all staff play an active role in the lives of our residents, whether that be supporting with personal care or taking the time to listen to someone who may be going through a difficult time. Knowing our residents and supporting them and their families through their dementia journey is a key part of the way we care.

It is imperative to see people’s abilities as opposed to their disabilities, to focus on individualised care and ensure that the care we deliver receives the best possible outcome for the residents we look after.

Our philosophy of care is very clear on the values that we expect from our employees, we consider our residents and relatives to be members of our extended family”.

Amherst Court care home recently received an ‘Outstanding’ rating from the Care Quality Commission, please click or visit here to see the recent report from CQC https://avantecare.org.uk/blog/outstanding-cqc-report/

For more information on Amherst Court care home please call Amanda Odd, Home Manager on 01634 400009.

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