There is an excellent team of carers and nurses who I can see actually "care" about the residents and relatives. I feel very fortunate to have found such a great environment for my mother to be looked after in.
The lady who looks after the activities is excellent so we as a family are very happy to say to others this home is both caring and safe. My mother is happy so we are all happy.
The care and attention that was given was wonderful. Full marks to everybody in the home.
Comfortable and caring. Staff are competent and caring, always ready to help.
The staff are wonderful and the care my husband receives is excellent.
Five Senses Challenge for Alzheimer’s at Cedars Care Group Homes
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This month, residents at both of our Southport care homes, Cedar Grange and Woodlands Manor, took part in the Five Senses Challenge for Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia is a progressive disease, which directly affects the mind, and therefore also, indirectly affects the body. As certain parts of the brain gradually deteriorate, the body fails to respond as it should, even if the person is otherwise physically healthy. This is also true of the five senses, which can degenerate with the progression of dementia.
A person with dementia may test as having perfect vision and hearing, yet they may still fail to process sounds, judge distance and depth, or recognise familiar faces. Sensitivity with touch will also decrease so that the person is unable to recognise being cold or hot or even feel pain. Often smell is the first sense to go, which affects taste, since both are so closely linked.
Our dedicated Activities Coordinator at Cedar Grange and Woodlands Manor, organised the Five Senses Challenge to allow residents who took part the chance to see which of their five senses was strongest. Each of the participants were blindfolded as they underwent a series of fun tests. These included:
The Sound Test – where participants listened to various animal sounds and tried to recognise which animal they belonged to.
The Taste Test – where participants were given various things to eat like fresh fruits and candy to test how well their taste buds worked.
The Touch Test – where participants were given various objects, which they tried to recognise through weight, texture and shape.
The Vision Test – where participants were shown coloured flashcards with the wrong colour written on each and were asked to say the colour of the card and not the word.
The Smell Test – where participants tried to recognise different foods like fruits and instant coffee judging by their smell.
The Five Senses Challenge didn’t just test residents but also helped stimulate their senses and exercise their ability to use them affectively. Activities like this one are a fundamental part of day-to-day life at Cedars Care Group homes. They are vital for the wellbeing of seniors, and those living with dementia or Alzheimer’s. You can find out more about our other Activities Here. Watch the videos below of our residents taking the Five Senses Challenge.