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The primary purpose of the Orchard is to provide care and stimulation for those suffering with Alzheimer's and Dementia. This is done by treating each client with respect and giving them the dignity that is often lacking in society once they have been diagnosed. The centre operates in a very relaxed, friendly and happy environment. All staff are trained in dementia working on a 1-3 staff client ratio.​

Aims of The Orchard


The main objective of the team at the Orchard is to support and provide a sense of well being and support for the person with dementia. They seek to promote independence and encourage socialisation to help the person with dementia live as meaningful and purposeful life as possible.

This is done by finding out about their life history

  • their families

  • previous occupations

  • interests and hobbies

  • likes / dislikes

  • daily routines

  • emotional/ physical needs

  • fears / concerns


The team aim to understand and build a unique personal profile and together with the family creates a support plan for the individual. The team believe that social integration plays a huge part in increasing confidence and self-esteem.



The Orchard provides a variety of activities which includes:

  • Arts & Crafts

  • Shopping

  • Baking

  • Gardening

  • Reminiscence

  • Walking

  • Seated dancing and music


The centre is at the heart of the community and is proud of the links that it has established with the local council, gym, museum and library.

The communal gardens are idealic for calm and relaxing walks. The centre also arranges weekly visits to the local church for coffee and cakes, where the clients meet others in the local community.

Please feel free to view the slideshow below, to give you some idea of the tasks that are performed at the Orchard.



Activities at the Orchard

Copyright: David Shepherd

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