Community Integrated Care delivers a host of specialist support services to people living with dementia, including residential and nursing care, respite support and day services.
We are one of Britain’s biggest and most successful health and social care charities, and have delivered specialist dementia care services for more than three decades.
Our success in delivering innovative, person-centred services has been recognised at the likes of the National Dementia Awards, National Care Awards and Third Sector Care Awards.
We focus on getting to really know the people we support - their interests, life-history, likes and dislikes - to provide tailored care. To support this, we give our colleagues a host of specialist training to help them understand and promote the important things in the lives of the people we support.
Our services involve the important people in the lives of the people we support – their family and friends – and support these relations to continue to flourish. Importantly, we believe that dementia shouldn’t be a barrier to enjoying new friendships or experiences. All of services are at the heart of their local communities and welcome the support of local people and voluntary groups.
We offer extensive activity planned programmes in all of our care homes - from tai chi to walking football, arts to local reminiscence. But we also believe that spontaneous activities are equally important too, so involve the people we support in everyday activities – from cleaning to gardening, making drinks to planning events – that help them retain their independence, enjoy active lives and feel involved in their home.
We’re committed to involving the important people in the lives of the people we support, like their family and friends. Family members are always welcome to share their ideas and suggestions, and get involved in our homes. We also host many celebration events that bring people we support and their family and friends together.
Our services are warm, friendly and welcoming places. Many feature special destination spaces for people to enjoy, such as themed rooms, cinemas, indoor gardens or pubs – as well as comfortable lounges. We use assistive technologies, and design and furnish our services to maximise safety and independence.
End of Life Care
At Community Integrated Care, our commitment to providing quality care extends to a persons end of life too. Our services follow the NHS Gold Standard for End of Life Care principals, and several have Commend or Beacon status.
The team at Carlingwark House, a specialist dementia care home that we oversee in Castle Douglas, have pioneered the use of Playlist for Life.
This is a special music therapy that sees people who live with dementia enjoy person-centred playlists, made up of songs that represent the soundtrack of their life. This personally meaningful music enables people who live with dementia to reconnect with their treasured memories - helping to improve in their health, happiness and wellbeing.
See the impact that Playlist for Life has had on people we support, in this special video with the creator of this therapy, Sally Magnusson.