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Newbury care home celebrates launch of new dementia initiative

March 16th 2020

Liz Cable lifestyle coordiantor at Care UKs Winchcombe Place gives a talk on the Namaste programmeA care home in Newbury has launched a special initiative specifically designed to support and improve the lives of those living with dementia.

The Care UK team at Winchcombe Place, on Maple Crescent, held a ‘Champagne & Canape’ evening for local people to officially meet the new management team and learn more about the upcoming Namaste programme.

Namaste care, which is launching at the home throughout March, is an approach which changes the structure of care given to those with the later stages of dementia. It focuses on engaging with each individual person's senses through sound, touch, smell, taste and sight, and is a key addition to the care home’s dementia suite. As part of the new initiative, residents will be having hand massages, and practicing calming activities, such as meditation and listening to music.

Sensory stimulation is already a big focus at Winchcombe Place, where there is a dedicated music room on the dementia suite and a full program of activities. Every member of team has received specialist dementia training to ensure that the best possible care is given to all residents.

The dementia suite also features a Tovertafel, an interactive ‘magic table’, which stimulates the mind and encourages interaction across the generations. The interactive games, which are all about enjoyment and wonder, stimulate both physical and cognitive activity, encourage socialisation, and create opportunities for treasured moments with family members and carers.

Kerry Thompson, home manager at Winchcombe Place, said: “The evening was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate alongside residents, their families and our local community. The roll out of our Namaste programme is an important milestone for all of us, as it means we can offer expert care to the community of Newbury and surrounding area.

“We have built a warm, welcoming community here at Winchcombe Place, with everything we need to provide the highest standards of personalised care. We look forward to opening our home up to the community again soon.”

Winchcombe Place is a state-of-the-art care home which provides full-time residential, nursing, dementia and short-term respite care. The care home incorporates space for hobby and leisure activities and includes its own cinema, hair salon and café.

To find out more about Winchcombe Place, please call customer relations manager, Vicki Lambourne, on 0333 321 1923, or email

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We provide a full range of care services for older people, including residential, nursing, short-term respite care and sensitive end of life care. We believe that living in a care home should be just as good as living in your own home – or better. Our home has a hair and beauty salon, coffee shop and cinema along with a library, vintage-themed lounge and an arts and crafts room, so residents can continue to enjoy the very best lifestyle.

Winchcombe Place
Maple Crescent
RG14 1LN (For sat nav, please use post code RG14 1LL)

0333 321 1923

  • Dementia care
  • Nursing care
  • Residential care
  • Respite care
  • End of life care