What’s Seven Oaks and how’s it organized?
The extra care housing scheme for people with dementia called ‘Seven Oaks.’ Research shows that the physical environment of the care setting has a very positive impact on the function and wellbeing of those with dementia as the residents of the facility have dementia which is a complex illness which requires a lot of planning on how they will be looked after and how they will live. Some of the residents’ frame of mind include personality changes, unusual behaviors, generally slowing down their pace as a person and most importantly memory loss, so that the residents are made to feel as comfortable as possible. The facility has a unique layout, and each flatlet has its own address where the personal items of who the flatlet belongs to are on display as a reminder of who lives there. The address used in Seven Oaks are real-life streets around Derry so that the service users that are local to Seven Oaks feel familiar and comfortable with where they are. The corridors are specially designed to be round and are also street names which all lead back to the atrium that is called ‘The diamond’ named after Derry’s central well-known market, the facility also hosts a pub, shop, and hairdressers to promote independence. There are many public and private spaces for the service users to go and to be free to do as they please.