The benefits of spending time outdoors for residents with dementia

Posted on July 12th, 2024

Summer is finally here and it’s the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors and spend time in nature. The longer days and lovely weather encourage us to go out more, and we’re doing the same for our residents.   At Crouched Friars, we’re a team of dementia specialists and understand the impact a nurturing environment […]

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Steps to take after a dementia diagnosis

Posted on June 21st, 2024

When you or a loved one is diagnosed with dementia, the first few days can be quite overwhelming. A dementia diagnosis can often lead to feelings of fear, confusion, anger, sadness or loneliness. Post diagnosis is a crucial time when the person needs extra care and support to navigate their diagnosis. In May, we observed […]

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How to manage stress when providing dementia care

Posted on May 10th, 2024

Being a care worker is one of the most rewarding jobs. As a care worker, you provide care, support and companionship to people living with dementia. You help them maintain their physical and mental well-being and live a happy and healthy life. However, the emotional toll of caring for residents with complex needs, coupled with […]

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Supporting residents with dementia during sundowning at Crouched Friars

Posted on April 16th, 2024

Now that the clocks have moved forward and we have longer days, it seems like a blessing for most of us. However, this change can prove to be a big challenge for people living with dementia. At Crouched Friars, it is our priority to provide personalised and compassionate care for our residents living with dementia. […]

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Crouched Friars resident enchanted by musical at local school

Posted on March 18th, 2024

A 92-year-old resident who lived at Crouched Friars care home in Colchester fulfilled a bucket list item of watching a musical, thanks to The Wishing Washing Line initiative by FaNs network in Essex. Edwina Parker, attended Philip Morant School and College’s production of Matilda and had a “magical” evening. She was welcomed with flowers and […]

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Valentine’s Day celebrations at Crouched Friars

Posted on March 11th, 2024

Love was definitely in the air at Crouched Friars this Valentine’s Day – our day was filled with thoughtful touches and activities that brought smiles to everyone’s faces. Stepping into the common room was like stepping into a love nest. Heart-shaped balloons of every colour bobbed cheerfully from the ceiling, while rose petals and paper […]

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Looking back at 2023, an amazing year at Crouched Friars

Posted on January 15th, 2024

Happy New Year everyone! 2023 was a remarkable year, full of joy, laughter and love, here at Crouched Friars. The year was marked with many milestones – from residents fulfilling their lifelong dreams, celebrating special moments with friends and family, and making incredible memories.  Dignity Action Day dreams come true In 2023, we started our Dignity […]

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A big thank you from our residents for a wonderful Christmas

Posted on December 28th, 2023

This Christmas, we partnered with a local charity in Essex to shower our residents with joy. And now, they have extended their thanks and well wishes to the community.  As part of their ‘Wishing Washing Line’ initiative, the FaNs network got together with the local community to deliver presents for care home residents just in […]

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Embracing technology to keep in touch with loved ones: top tips to stay connected

Posted on December 18th, 2023

In today’s fast-paced and technologically-driven world, staying connected with loved ones can be challenging, especially for those living in care homes. The Covid-19 pandemic showed us just how powerful technology can be in connecting people. With the help of technology, there are now more ways than ever to bridge the distance and maintain strong bonds […]

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