Yesterday I had an early start trundling off to York for my monthly fix of Peer Support with the amazing Minds And Voices……
It was a meeting in a different venue as we’d been invited to Glen Lodge in Heworth by Jo Bell from the council. It’s the council’s sheltered housing scheme and just had a new extension added.
I’d been a tad disappointed when Damian had emailed us about the venue by adding ‘no hard hats needed as it’s finished’…..🤨 Once again a case of being called in after the event instead of at the design stage when we might have been able to save money…….🙈
It was a cold, dark rainy morning but at least the taxi driver and then the bus to York was on time. Damian had agreed to meet me as usual. The town cows have been put inside their barns for the winter so no piccies of them on the Westwood for a few months….
It was also very foggy trundling over the Wolds, so now views of nice scenery today..
I got to the Minster where I was meeting Damian and found Damian waiting for me with Eddie and we made our way to Glen Lodge
BIG plus immediately was that all the random staff we met in corridors had smiley faces and were very friendly.
Damian put our poster up from UK Dementia Congress but it kept falling down so me and Eddie sorted it out….
‘If you want a job done properly ask people with dementia’ 😂🤣😂🤣
I went to test the loo but couldn’t work out how to put the light on, only for Damian to realise that it was one of those where you have to step in and move around and then the light comes on😶🤐
While we waiting Damian suddenly realised it was Emilys birthday🤯 so, since I was in the area where I used to live, I trundled off to the post office to get a card……
Once everyone had arrived we sang happy birthday and piccies ensued
We then caused chaos with the patio doors as we needed them open as it was so hot
Why are these places soooooooo hot………..🔥?
But we set all the alarms off🤣😂🤣😜 – we’re not called the ‘disrupters’ for nothing…..🤩
We were then shown round the new communal living room upstairs and then an ordinary flat and a flat for someone with dementia…………we came up with a very long snagging list, which was disappointing.
Signage in corridors, numbers on the doors being silver so not visible, bathrooms with no contrast and no grab rails in the right places. The most dangerous was no grab rail next to the loo but instead, what will be a red hot radiator, that will be grabbed instead……..🙈……..no use of colour to contrast in many areas…….
There was a lovely corner shelf outside each flat for people to personalise. Someone loved Mickey Mouse so had a massive Micky on the shelf. Another was ex army so had military memorabilia. So that was a nice touch.
I know I shouldn’t laugh, but I did find it funny when Elaine collapsed…..She always does as it’s part of a condition she has, but we’re all used to it…..so wwe don’t panic……but the 2 staff nearly had heart failure and were running round like headless chicken, while we we all there saying, Nah, she’ll be fine, she’ll be back with us in a minute’… poor staff they must have wished they’d never met us…….😊
The staff constantly got confused as to where things were which signage would easily sort out……..lots and lots of things just weren’t right and many of them were very basic. Once again it appeared that aesthetics had won over practicality.
But……..It was a lovely place with smiley staff and had so much potential…..
but why oh why did they not ask people with dementia at the design stage?
They could have got so much more right first time round……
The new settees and chairs were very comfy in the room they allowed us to use….shame we didn’t have a lorry round the corner😊