Hulton House’s Dementia Plus facility is based on our award winning facility at Whittle Hall in Warrington which launched in 2017. It is a bespoke designed caring for residents with behaviours that challenge and each household can house up to 16 residents.
The design scheme is based on recommendations of good practice from Stirling University and focuses on providing excellent facilities that as well as being fit for purpose, are not your everyday care home.
Each household is decorated in light calming colours with colour contrasts used effectively to facilitate independent living. Handrails on the main corridors are contrasted against the walls to aid residents to find their way around the household. Flooring is the same throughout communal areas, corridors and bedrooms with no stark contrasts at floor level which can potentially pose a hazard.
Furniture has been chosen in colours that contrast with walls and flooring, and specialist dementia signage and directional signage is located around the household to aid orientation.
Each household has been designed to allow plenty of space in all areas; corridors are extremely wide to give a feeling of space and to minimise the feeling of being restricted, bedrooms and communal areas are much larger than average and separate. Seated themed areas have also been created to provide an area to aid de-escalate and to engage in reminiscing.
The themed areas depict daily life such as; a fresh vegetable market, a bus stop, a launderette, a seaside pier and a sports shop. Each is brought to life with items you would expect to find there such as; a bus ticket and bus conductor’s hat at the bus stop, vegetables and a shopping bag in the market and sports equipment at the sports shop. These areas are also used as part of our daily activities. For example; we might take the bus to town, wait at the bus stop, buy a ticket, chat for a while about what we’ll buy when we get there, and then when we arrive go to the vegetable market to buy something for tea.
Bedroom doors have contrasting colours to the surrounding walls and to help residents identify their own room. Each bedroom has a name plate on the door. All bedrooms have en-suite facilities with a spacious wet room shower, sink and toilet. All toilet seats are in colours that contrast with the toilet and en-suite surfaces to aid in identifying the toilet.
The main shower room has a coloured dignity screen to aid privacy for our residents and is very spacious to aid with moving and handling. It is practical and yet still beautifully decorated.
The garden courtyard is easily accessible from the lounge and dining area with double patio doors into an enclosed dementia friendly garden. It has a free flowing loop design with a clearly defined pathway. Residents have open access to the garden which is fully secure and located in an internal courtyard. There is also a balcony on the upstairs floor with a seating area which enables easy access for our first floor residents to enjoy outdoor space and fresh air.
Since Hulton House opened in September 2019 we have successfully welcomed residents who have all settled well into our dementia plus service. The calm spacious environment has had a positive impact on our residents who have all responded well to the therapeutic support from our staff and comfortable, purpose-designed environment.
We have seen some amazing magic ‘breakthrough’ moments that have significantly improved the quality of some of our residents’ lives and been extremely rewarding to staff.
Must be one of the nicest places I’ve ever seen!
Well. It’s just beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. Whoever’s built it has done a damn good job!
The care my father has received has been second to none. I cannot thank you enough for the work you do. You are a shining example of how a nursing home should be run.
This is an outstanding care home with friendly and approachable staff. On a first impression it reminds me of a five star hotel. My grandma settled in from day one!
The facilities, food, activities, cleanliness etc are all as you would expect from a first class care home. We are really impressed and we would have no hesitation in recommending you.
I’d be happy to put either of my parents in here.
There’s space for people to sit around and have their own time. Absolutely stunning.
Yes. I could live here quite happily. Yes. I’m 76 years old and my husband is 82. We don’t live very far away so it would be like a real home from home.
It’s very impressive, obviously finished to a very high standard, very roomy, yes am mightily impressed.
I’m just blown away to be honest with you. I’ve never seen a place like it in my life. It looks good from the outside even. When you come inside it’s like walking in heaven and that’s where I’ll be when I come here.