Aperee bedrooms and communal spaces are designed by a specialist team of architects as ‘enabling’ environments. Lighting, colour, acoustics, layout and landscape are designed to take account of cognitive, sensory and physical impairments, creating an environment where residents are enabled to live their lives to the fullest of their individual abilities. The carefully planned and thought out design maximises functional ability and wellbeing for people with dementia and other sensory issues (for example, poor eyesight or hearing) as well as providing a safe and inviting environment for visitors, staff and others.
Bedrooms are designed using the same inclusive design principles as common areas and can be personalised for each resident through the inclusion of their chosen personal belongings. Bedrooms are spacious and private or semi-private, with private en suite bathrooms and TV. Nurse call buttons and other safety measures are standard throughout the Home both in private and communal spaces.
Each Aperee Home has a variety of lounges and common areas, and can accommodate small, cosy gatherings as well as larger group activities such as personal or resident parties, performances, etc. Residents can choose the environment that suits their mood on any given day whether that is a need for personal quiet time, uninterrupted time with family or time with friends who share the Home with them.
Reception areas are welcoming, bright and spacious with friendly and helpful staff, and easy to follow wayfinders. Reception is your first point of contact with our Homes and we work hard to ensure that your engagement with our reception team is welcoming and helpful, and establishes a positive relationship with residents and their families/carers for the future.
All Aperee Homes feature a landscaped and user-friendly garden space designed with resident leisure and safety in mind. Gardens are planted seasonally, often with the assistance and advice of green-fingered residents who have an interest in being involved. Gardens feature outdoor seating, raised beds, and where the layout of the garden and resident safety facilites it, water features, green houses/polly tunnels and nature walks. Each garden has paved patio/seating areas where residents can sit in the warm sunshine shaded by our colourful umbrellas and hats. Special care is taken to protect our residents sensitive skin from the sun and sun glasses, sunscreen and other protection measures are the norm.
At Aperee, we use a variety of methods to communicate with our residents, their families and the wider community. This includes both written and verbal communication in the form of letters, newsletters, emails, website, SMS, residents committees (in each Home), training seminars and information evenings, one-to-one meetings and conversations with residents and their family members/carers scheduled. Two-way communication is critical to the delivery of excellence in care and we strongly encourage residents and their families or carers to voice any concerns or raise any queries they may have about the residents’ care, the Home or indeed Aperee itself, to the team looking after them in the Home. We warmingly welcome suggestions for improvement in all aspects of our work and actively encourage the sharing your ideas through the suggestion box located in each Home, or direct to the Director of Nursing. The Director of Nursing and his/her team are always available to meet with residents and families, and to address any queries/concerns they may have.
We value the interaction that our Homes have with the wider community and we actively seek opportunities both for residents to be active in the community – where that is possible – and for the community to come visit our Homes. Crèches, transition year students, theatre groups, volunteers, therapists (including therapy animals) are frequently seen visiting our Homes and engaging in meaningful ways with residents. Our residents are part of the community and the community enhances the lives of residents and staff alike.