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Lowther is a purpose built dementia-friendly environment designed by our specialist dementia, multi-disciplinary team (MDT), staff and carers.
The setting represents a significant step forward in the care and support of people with dementia who present with complex behaviours, or may have restrictions imposed by the MHA or criminal justice service.
Lowther's four wards recognise the different care requirements during the phases of dementia:
Aspen - Male admission
Redwood - Male complex and challenging behaviours
Elm - Male mid stage and end of life care
Cherry - Female ward and end of life care
Because people with dementia have needs that change over time we have created new environments, effectively the 'silent partner' in care delivery, that support and enhance the therapeutic offering from our MDT.
The Lowther design revolves around a village theme and incorporates a range of supportive technology and design features that improve engagement and enhance quality of life.
Embedded within the core design are numerous features that create a recognisable and calming environment. The central avenue replicates a local community, with post office, launderette and other amenities to help settle patients in a familiar setting.
A wider campus full of activities and support
Set in 120 acres of beautiful parkland our campus promotes the positive physical and psychological benefits of engaging in outdoor activities, or the simple joy of a wide horizon. Together with the broader medical specialities of a hospital site we combine the physical and emotional care of our patients with expert neuro-behavioural support.
Village square theme
Light and airy spaces
Thoughtfully planned environments
By expanding on the concept of a dementia village we have created an outside space that helps to maintain familiar routines, encourage activities and provide essential distractions and engagement.
Patients also have access to the wide range of activities and events on our large campus, including horticulture, music and over 50 acres of parkland.
At the heart of our service is an expert team who instinctively understand the needs of people with cognitive impairment. By combining their extensive experience and the latest design principles our architects created an internal space that is infused with dementia-friendly features, within an inpatient hospital setting;
Navigating new and familiar surroundings can disorientate, confuse and even lead to delirium for those with dementia. When a person’s cognitive function is impaired can they really rely on symbols that require memory and deduction?
A review of existing signage in dementia settings by The University of Edinburgh, University of Stirling and StudioLR found that many were clinical and aesthetically unsophisticated, and reinforced an institutional atmosphere. It highlighted that greater consideration is required around the design, imagery and location of signage in order to increase independence and enable people to live well with dementia.
We recognise the importance of being close to your loved ones, particularly as they reach the end of their journey, so have created a separate suite where family members can visit, and stay overnight if required.