New Milton House is a purpose-built home close to Alsager town centre, and includes a specialist household, innovatively designed to support the needs of older people with dementia. New Milton House is very much a part of the local community, and the team makes every effort to ensure that there is a feeling of ‘home away from home’ and a friendly atmosphere. Moving to New Milton House should be a change of address and not a change of lifestyle and families are encouraged to play an active role in the home. There are 39 single bedrooms. All rooms have television points. There is a large conservatory for residents to relax in, along with two smaller lounge areas throughout the home. At least one of these is fitted with a hearing loop, a discreet device to improve sound reception and aid those with hearing difficulties. There is a large dining area or residents can choose to eat in one of the lounges or in their own room if they prefer. In the specialist household, there are two lounge / dining areas incorporating fully operational kitchenettes. These are furnished to a high standard including two large digital TVs and are designed to facilitate independence, whilst maintaining a safe environment for individuals. The home has a pleasant, wheelchair accessible garden with good views over Milton Park.
Additional services available to residents include a hairdresser, who visits the home on a twice weekly basis, and newspaper and magazine deliveries which can be arranged through a local newsagent. These services are charged on a weekly basis as used. There is also a mobile library service to the home and a shop trolley service selling items such as greetings cards, toiletries, confectionery and soft drinks.
New Milton House has a regular programme of activities designed to reflect residents’ interests. This currently includes regular Music for Health sessions to promote health and wellbeing, trips to local garden centres such as Trentham Gardens, regular church services and hymn singing coordinated by the local vicar, monthly trips to the local Church coffee morning, outside entertainers brought in to visit the home, newspaper discussion groups, gentle exercise sessions, art & craft work, gardening, including planting and watering, and shopping trips. Residents of the dementia household participate in all home activities, and in addition, we work separately with these residents to promote and maintain life skills, and acknowledge and value the person as an individual. Activities within the household include cooking, light house keeping activities and watching and feeding the wildlife in the sensory garden including bats, birds and hedgehogs.
New Milton House operates Marvellous Mealtimes initiative and aims to make meals as pleasant and positive an occasion as possible. We have a protected meal time policy which asks all visiting professionals to attempt to avoid these times where possible. This provides a more relaxed and uninterrupted social activity for our residents to enjoy. We offer a varied and wholesome diet, and cater for any special dietary requirements. We also hold regular themed evenings such as Italian, Chinese etc. The dementia household has two fully operating kitchens which enable residents to participate in food preparation and cooking. This enables flexibility of meal times and choice.
New Milton House enjoys excellent links with all denominations, including Methodist, Catholic and Church of England, and is regularly visited by the local vicar who holds services and hymn singing sessions. Communion is delivered in the home to those who wish each Sunday.
New Milton House is situated in a prime location adjacent to Milton Park, and enjoys excellent views, as well as proximity to local amenities. A local library, churches, shops, cafes, a post office and several banks/ building societies can all be reached by foot.