Announcing a cutting-edge approach to dementia care

15 March 2016

We are proud to announce a pioneering partnership with Community Integrated Care in their new specialist dementia care service, EachStep Blackburn. The partnership will see us working together to implement leading approaches for providing support that will enable people living in the service to enjoy full, happy and active lives.

EachStep Blackburn is a cutting-edge £5 million dementia care home that is opening this May. The 64-bed specialist service will provide a range of dementia care and support, including respite, residential, nursing and end-of-life care. It has been planned in partnership with Community Integrated Care and Blackburn with Darwen Council with the aim of modernising local care provision, reducing demand on NHS services and improving quality of life within the town.


In this new partnership, Helen Sanderson Associates will be working with the team at EachStep to fully integrate person-centred practices and Community Circles.

We will be doing this by training staff in person-centred thinking tools and approaches. Additionally, part of the EachStep team will be a Community Circles Connector, who will focus on enabling people to remain connected with their loved ones and to continue to enjoy the things that are important to them in the community.

Community Integrated Care and Helen Sanderson Associates will also be ensuring that all aspects of support delivery at the home are focused on promoting wellbeing. In doing so, we will be supporting EachStep Blackburn to attain the highest standards in Progress for Providers. We will also be using the principles of Individual Service Funds to ensure that each person has choice and control over as much of their service as possible.

This partnership builds upon Community Integrated Care’s award-winning and internationally recognised EachStep model of care. The EachStep approach aims to support people through the different stages of dementia, providing support that adapts to their changing needs. It aims to provide people with tailored support that is delivered by staff who understand their life history, have strong values and are creatively focused. The partnership with Helen Sanderson Associates and Community Circles will enable this to go even further by creating a strong focus on community connections, choice and control.

The EachStep model also has a strong focus on community engagement, with the aim of utilising its homes as hubs for the entire local community. By welcoming the contributions of local people and groups, EachStep overcomes the isolation that many people with dementia face and draws in the talents of local people. EachStep Blackburn has already developed considerable links with local businesses, community and faith groups, and health and social care professionals.

Neil Matthewman, Chief Executive of Community Integrated Care, says: “At EachStep Blackburn, we want to provide genuinely person-centred care, delivered by highly trained colleagues with strong values, and to forge great links with the community. This partnership will help us achieve and surpass these goals. We are thrilled to be working together with Helen Sanderson to explore how dementia care can be delivered more creatively, ambitiously and innovatively.”

Helen Sanderson, our Chief Executive and lead of charity Community Circles says: “We are delighted to enable Community Integrated Care to build on their existing success and be the first dementia care home to include a Community Circles Connector and build person-centred practices into the way the service works. Every person, and each staff member will have one-page profiles, and the service will be designed around what matters to people, and enable people to have as much choice and control in their lives as possible.”

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