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Established charity opens new specialist home GRIFFITHS HOUSE, BRISTOL

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home-from-home environment is an important factor in enabling those living with dementia to live life to the fullest. That is precisely the environment that has been created at Griffiths House – a new, purpose-built, eight-bed residential care home on the outskirts of Bristol. Tucked away from surrounding main roads and benefiting from stunning views over the Bristol Channel, Griffiths House has been thoughtfully designed to provide a warm, bright, spacious, safe and secure environment for people living with dementia. It forms part of The Cote Charity – whose trustee is the Society of Merchant Venturers – and is situated alongside the well-established and respected Katherine House. Using sustainable materials and the latest technology, its innovative design offers wellequipped private bedrooms with specialist dementia furniture and lighting, and individually colour-coded doors to promote the recognition of surroundings. Furniture has been carefully chosen to meet the needs of older people, enhancing comfort and confidence. Wardrobes include vision panels in order to aid a resident's memory when looking for personal belongings. Each has an en-suite wet room, tiled to highlight the toilet and sink area, with contrasting toilet seats and grab rails and

with a mirror which can be tilted to hide a reflection if needed. A bright and welcoming communal lounge, a fully-equipped kitchen and a small salon that offers hairdressing and other therapeutic treatments all contribute to the home-from-home environment provided for residents. At the centre of Griffiths House is a large and purpose-designed communal space which allows natural light to permeate the surroundings, leading to an enhanced sense of well-being. Residents can move freely around, but can be safely monitored by staff, depending on their individual needs. Open space and an ambience of tranquillity are echoed in the exterior grounds, where

Griffiths House shares beautifully landscaped gardens with Katherine House. It is a safe and secure area which allows residents to sit quietly and relax, observing the local wildlife and taking in the smells and sights of this tranquil setting. The garden has been designed to allow the residents to use this space for calm and safe experience with a planting scheme to emphasise colours and fragrance. A team of specialist dementia care staff, led by experienced care home manager Vivienne Withers, offer a person-centred yet holistic approach to resident care with a particular emphasis on trust, empathy, respect and kindness as each individual is supported to retain their own identity. The construction of Griffiths House was project managed by Andrew Wilson Partnership and carried out by Saltford Construction. The services engineer was Keyplan Engineering, who specialise in the care home sector, having carried out projects for the St Monica Trust, whose endowment trustee is the Society of Merchant Venturers. q

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