"Care in Sheffield for a wife with Alzheimer's"
About: Older adult community mental health / Memory service / Dementia rapid response and home treatment team (DRRHTT) Older adult community mental health / Memory service Dementia rapid response and home treatment team (DRRHTT) Sheffield S10 3TH Woodland View Nursing Home (dementia) Woodland View Nursing Home (dementia) S8 8BG
Posted by Pete B (as ),
After 5 years of 24/7 home care, almost entirely from myself, my wife was referred to Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS by our GP. SHSC Dementia Rapid Response Team took over support for my wife and after two periods of care covering several months were able to achieve nothing so had her admitted to their Woodland View Nursing and Assessment facility in Sheffield for clinical assessment.
This led to a Continuing Healthcare assessment very quickly at which DRRT had promised to attend and support me. They never turned up, leaving me unprepared and ill equipped to represent my wife. They then simply discharged her and walked away.
Woodland View has been a powerful and encouraging experience for myself and our family. Their staff are experienced, well trained and professional but much more. Their warmth, concern and tenacity is remarkable and not just the care staff. The management, administrative, housekeeping, maintenance and even gardening staff are all part of a caring team who always have a smile, a warm welcome and sincere greeting for my wife, myself and all the other residents visitors. Their patience, in spite of resistance which sometimes includes physical assault by my wife, is quite remarkable.
In preparation for the future I have contacted over 50 private nursing homes and visited to meet and discuss with over 30 of them and not one seems to have remotely comparable positive qualities like those displayed at Woodland View. The fact that Woodland View stands half empty and its service users have had to fight for its survival is tragic.