Open University Chooses The Lodge As Case Study

After gaining a number of prestigious awards for its design, The Lodge, the pioneering dementia care facility at Buckshaw Retirement Village near Chorley, has gained a further accolade – it has been chosen by the Open University to be a case study for students throughout the world who are taking a specialist dementia care course.

Students logging onto the Open University website can now watch five documentary-style videos each showing innovative dementia friendly design features of The Lodge, from residents' own rooms through to the dining rooms and lounges and the innovative Market Square and enclosed courtyard garden.

The videos demonstrate how design can play a positive role in the care and wellbeing of people with dementia. Staff ranging from care assistants through to senior management are also featured on the videos, talking about the benefits that The Lodge's design brings to its 62 residents.

In addition to the course-related videos, the material is also publicly accessible on You Tube and other online sites. You can watch the videos via this link to the Open University website.

Villages Managing Director Penni Brown said: "We are delighted that The Lodge has been chosen by the Open University as a flagship case study. It is further external recognition of how we are a facility at the cutting edge of dementia friendly design."

Earlier this year The Lodge gained the 'Care Home Provider of The Year' award in the Laing & Buisson's Independent Specialist Care Awards.

In 2008 The Lodge became the first care establishment in Britain to gain a gold standard under a new scheme launched by the University of Stirling's internationally renowned Dementia Services Development Centre to promote dementia friendly design in buildings.

The Lodge was also a finalist in the 'Best Exterior' and 'Best Interior' dementia design categories in the 2010 National Dementia Care Awards, and Buckshaw Retirement Village gained the 'Best Care Village' award in the 2009 Pinders Healthcare Design Awards.

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