Founded and managed by Anne Fretwell, the pioneering Merevale House care home is a private residential home for people of all ages living with the various forms of dementia.
Their organisational culture places emphasis on the importance of people living and working together. This care home follows an innovative approach, termed “active co-existence“, in providing measurable high quality person-centred care. This involves breaking down barriers so that there is no ‘us’ and ‘them’.
The main focus has been to reduce inappropriate prescribing and the use of antipsychotics.
“Within weeks of being here, they are like different people. This is because we see the person, not the dementia.”
At Merevale, people can continue with everyday tasks, such as washing-up and cleaning to baking cakes or peeling vegetables. There is an active community where people have the freedom to choose. Positive risk assessments are carried out. There are no “set” daily activities. People living in the home are encouraged to do what they want, when they want.
This care home is a recognised example of good practice in the view of NHS West Midlands.