Portland House

When 86-year-old Mr. Jackson moved into the specialist dementia facility at Portland House, he had no idea how big a difference it would make to his life.

At that point, dementia was severely restricting Mr. Jackson’s ability to enjoy life. He was presenting a risk to himself and social workers felt there was no alternative but to find him an emergency placement at a care home.

Portland House is a specialist dementia scheme located in Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside. The facility was developed over 11 years ago to provide flexible and comfortable care, and to and support residents to maintain independent lifestyles.

A team of skilled carers from Methodist Housing Association is on hand around-the-clock to resolve residents’ health or mobility issues and provide peace of mind for both residents and their families.

Mr. Jackson had been reluctant to move into the care home and did not want to stay there, because he believed it was unsuitable for his needs. Alternative forms of care were offered and he chose Portland House, where staff were willing to discuss his lifestyle choices and support him to remain as independent as possible.

The scheme has had a major impact on Mr. Jackson’s health and wellbeing. He regards moving to the scheme over 12 months ago as a life-changing decision that has enabled him to retain his independence for longer.

He continues to socialise, visit friends and use public transport independently. He is still very active and enjoys many of the scheme’s activities.

Mr. Jackson explained: “Before I moved into Portland House I felt like my life was over. Since moving in here I feel safe, contented and have choice and control back in my life.”