Memory Support (Dementia care)
SomerCare provides specialist accommodation and care for residents living with dementia. With highly trained, dementia-specific staffing, a dedicated memory support unit (secure Dementia wing) designed to ensure resident safety and a range of dementia-specific leisure and wellbeing programs and activities, SomerCare is the ideal choice for residential Dementia care on the Mornington Peninsula.
In line with current best practice care for people living with dementia, SomerCare provides dementia-specific care that is flexible and meets individual resident needs. Due to the many different types of dementia and the ever-changing nature of the condition as it progresses, every individual, their history, current circumstances and relationships are unique. We understand that a “one size fits all’ set of care practices is not appropriate when providing the level of care that meets the standards of our stated mission to “provide first class aged care services in an elegant, civilised haven of peace, safety and good living.”
Clinical care and specialised nursing care needs
To ensure our dementia care residents receive appropriate clinical and specialised nursing care, we undertake detailed data gathering thorough on-going resident discussion, observation and family member interviews, assessing both cognitive and physical/functional behaviours over time to be able to provide accurate and appropriate care planning strategies.
Each resident receives an individualised Care Plan, addressing a range of critical areas including:
- Social and lifestyle
- Specialised nursing care needs
- Medication management
- Pain management
- Nutrition and hydration
- Skin care
- Oral and dental care
- Sensory loss
- Sleep management
- Palliative care
- Continence management
- Behavioural management
- Mobility, dexterity and rehabilitation
- Other heath and related services including counseling/support groups for residents and families and hospital transition when required
This Care Plan is regularly reviewed, assessed and adapted to meet changing circumstances.
Our goal is to assist residents to retain their personal, civic, legal and consumer rights and
maintain active control of their own lives for as long as is practically possible. To achieve this, we provide a range of personalised transition and wellbeing services designed to support residents and their families in adjusting to and embracing life in their new environment at SomerCare.
- Emotional support
- Maximum independence and inclusiveness support
- Leisure and activity programs
- Relationships and social interaction support
- Cultural and spiritual values acknowledgement
- Considered lifestyle choices including clothing, routines and grooming
- Security of tenure including rights and responsibilities.
Our highly trained and qualified dementia care team prides itself on delivering personalised, compassionate care to all residents. We consider every resident a part of the SomerCare family and treat them with the utmost dignity, respect and friendliness. This is a hallmark of the feedback we constantly receive from both residents and their family members, and is something we strive to maintain through ongoing staff training and education, constant review and assessment of the latest in care service innovations for people living with dementia and a very rigorous staff selection and recruitment process.
Our specialised dementia care wing has been designed with the utmost care to ensure the safety of every resident. Our security system features the latest in high-tech cameras, alarms and secure key-code entry doors to ensure residents cannot leave the home unaccompanied.
Internal management and observation processes ensure staff know the whereabouts of every resident at all times of the day and night – you can rest assured that your loved one is very secure and in safe hands at SomerCare.
Family support services
We provide a comprehensive assistance program to ensure the families of residents are assisted and supported during the stages of care placement selection, placement application, assessment, care planning and all of the other considerations involved in placing a loved one in dementia care. You will find a brief summary of some of the processes and considerations on the “Application” page on this web site, but please, we urge you to call and make a time to come and meet with us face-to-face to discuss the options available to you.
We have no doubt you will have many questions and concerns during what we know is a very difficult and challenging time. We would be glad to talk to you about these and give you a tour of our beautifully appointed dementia care wing.
For further information or to make a time to come in and discuss your requirements please call our friendly staff on (03) 5977 9922