Our specialist dementia care home in Burnley
Scarlett House is our beautiful, purpose built dementia care home in Burnley. It was designed with guidance from the Alzheimer’s Society to help maximise independence, confidence and safety while minimising the stress and challenges of living with dementia.
Our fabulous care home, which is just half a mile from Burnley town centre, has 20 beautifully furnished and decorated private ensuite bedrooms, all with underfloor heating and own TV. It is bright and airy, incorporating the use of colour, light and images to enable residents to understand their environment and orient themselves around the home.
The lounge and dining areas are modern and welcoming and the cheery conservatory leads onto a beautiful enclosed garden with patio and gazebo seating area for relaxing when the weather turns warm. The garden is very popular with everybody at Scarlett House, not least because of the amazing wildlife – birds, squirrels, foxes and deer all make a welcome appearance.
We know it’s not easy for family when a loved one develops dementia and moves into a care home for the first time. That’s why we operate a genuine open door policy for all family members. Please do pop by whenever you like. There’s a coffee with your name on it!
Fun and friendship at Scarlett House
People often worry that moving into a care home is the beginning of the end. At Scarlett House that couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, with our high levels of trained staff, our safe and comfortable environment and our fantastic facilities, people often become more active and engaged than previously.
At Scarlett House, every person is supported to incorporate meaningful activity into their life, in whatever way is relevant to them. Each person has a detailed care plan which identifies both their care needs and the support they require to maintain their abilities, continue with their favourite activities, enjoy outings, try new things and make their own choices. When needs change, we simply alter the care plan to reflect the changes and the new support requirements.
Fun and friendship is firmly on the agenda here with lots of opportunities for recreation and socialising, whether that’s in and around the home (coffee mornings, film nights, discussion groups, gardening, arts & crafts, visiting entertainers) or out and about in the community (cinema, cafés, market trips, country walks, pub lunches). In fact, visitors often comment on the lively atmosphere and the range of activities going on. We also regularly participate in fund-raising activities run by our sister home, Bank Hall, raising funds for charities such as Macmillan and The Eve Appeal.
Scarlett House is part of the Playlist for Life scheme, an innovative approach which uses music to help improve the experience of living with dementia. We help each person living in the home to create their own playlist of personally meaningful music as a way of supporting their sense of identity and helping to manage the stress and anxiety associated with dementia. Read more about Playlist for Life.
In short, we do whatever we can, in whatever way we can, to ensure that those in our care live the rich, rewarding and meaningful life they deserve.
Mouth-watering, home cooked meals
Eating and drinking can be difficult for those living with dementia so exceptional standards of food and cooking is a fundamental part of life here at Scarlett House. Our professional chef focuses on creating mouth-watering, home-cooked meals, high on flavour and nutritional content.
Our dining room has been designed to create a calm, welcoming atmosphere and to offer important socialising opportunities to those living here. It’s also a particularly lovely space for enjoying birthday celebrations – our chef really knows how to lay on a party spread!
While our professional chef always prepares our menus with respect to personal preferences and dietary requirements, we recognise that tastes, abilities and needs may change. We therefore ensure dignity around mealtimes by responding swiftly to changes and supporting each person to eat their meal in the most appropriate way for them at that particular time. This may include, for example, providing finger foods, soft or blended meals, or smaller, more frequent meals.
In addition to main meals, snacks and drinks are always available throughout the day. We have all sorts available, including sandwiches, fruit and biscuits and always ensure we have plenty of everyone’s favourites available in our deep cupboards!