Take a stroll down memory lane at Langham Court

We are so proud of the dementia-friendly living experience we have created thanks to the strong philosophy behind our care, how we’ve carefully designed every element of our extraordinary home and the wonderful, caring and warm staff we attract, hire and continually train.

An accredited Butterfly care home, Langham Court has always had a family-home feel, with our residents and team friends who care about each other, as much as you would in a traditional family.

There are no rotas, schedules or tick-box care plans at Langham Court. All our residents are “free to be me” – given the time, space and freedom to live exactly as they would like every day.

Langham Court Lounge

Living in households, with communal dining and open spaces indoors and out, banish all thoughts of old-fashioned traditional care homes – we couldn’t be more different.

On the street where you live

With residents living communally, we prioritise nurturing authentic relationships and communication, which is so important for people living with dementia.

However, when it comes to personal space, we focus on creating an environment as close to home as possible. Each resident has their own room, which they can furnish with their own furniture, belongings and knick-knacks, living in familiar surroundings which encourages memories and a sense of home.

All residents can have their front doors painted in their favourite colour – just like in a real street – and each door has a knocker.

Langham Court’s famous memory boxes 

Returning to their rooms, residents can orient themselves by way of “memory boxes” mounted on the wall outside their front door.

These memory boxes are full of photos and trinkets of people and times important to the resident.  Walk along any corridor, and you’ll see fantastic keepsakes from interesting lives lived well and pictures of much-loved family and friends.

Langham Court Memory Boxes

On our last walk-round, we noted photos of old pets, memorabilia of fundraising campaigns led and jobs done with pride.

Within memory boxes, there’s always something to learn about each resident, always something to comment on, and always something to stimulate conversation and encourage reminiscence.

Taking a stroll down memory lane

When residents step outside their door and go to one of our lounges or outside, they’ll walk past reminiscence areas full of – for example, pictures and items to do with travelling, sewing and gardening.

There’s a nurse’s office, the outside of which is decorated as a milliner. There’s a fascia of an old sweet shop, a travel corner with items residents past and present have brought in from the travels around the globe.

Langham Court Memory Corner

All these fascias, images and items are carefully chosen to mirror hobbies, experiences or moments our residents may have enjoyed in the past.


Langham Court Travel Rememberance

This becomes fertile ground for remembering, conversation, and a moment of connection and learning, which helps residents feel more understood and comfortable.

The joy of being outside

Residents can visit garden areas within our internal courtyard whenever they like. These areas are looked after partly by residents who take much pride in their gardening prowess and often have some little visitors to lend a hand.

Langham Court terrace garden

There are also enclosed outdoor terraces where residents can walk, sit and look at our animals, either alone, with another resident or with a team member.

One resident whose job involved horses loves to spend summer days in his favourite sun trap, looking out across the grounds towards the lake and at the horses who live on our Estate.

View From The Langham Court Terrace


“Langham feels like a family home. Photographs of the residents and staff are everywhere, as is the stuff of life – books, toys, instruments, puzzles, hats, musical instruments, and artwork. The team feel like family.  There is lots of laughter and fun evidently going on. Very caring housekeeping staff stop and chat with residents and visitors alike. The philosophy seems to be kindness and interaction first, then doing whatever task is at hand next. Langham Court is of the best standard a care home could be, and I recommend it 100%.”  – Ela S, family member


Visit us and see for yourself.

Langham Court is full of love, conversation, colour and joy.  It’s an extraordinary place. If you’d like to learn more about our Estate and meet our fantastic team, please call us to arrange a tour of the grounds and homes.

For more information on what it means to be a Butterfly Care Home, please read this.

At the Huntington & Langham Estate, we provide luxury care across our two specialist care homes.   Family-owned and run, we offer dignified, compassionate and personalised care to our residents, giving them the nurturing support they need to continue living full, independent and meaningful lives. 

To arrange a visit to the Estate and tour our homes and grounds, please call 01428 604 600 or complete this form.  


An Outstanding Specialist Dementia Care Home

Researching care homes can be difficult, as they can appear to be all much of a muchness.  However, all you need to know about life at Langham Court is this: we love our residents, they love us, and we’re all one big family here.

Visit us, and the affection is palpable.  It’s obvious in how we all chat together and how those living here talk with us.  It’s intrinsic to the day-to-day life of our Estate. And it’s in the very fabric of our being – from why we were founded and have grown, to how we have embedded a strong framework with love and personalised care at our core.

Let’s take it back to the beginning.

1978 – our story begins

Our story begins in 1978 when Marylin Hoare founded one of the country’s first nursing care homes.  At the time, she was a Surrey-based nurse – so passionate about offering high-quality nursing care that she decided to open a luxury but affordable 24-hour nursing care home.

But Marylin didn’t want the replicate the perfunctory care she saw in other places – she wanted love and relationships to be at the core of her home, just as they were in family homes around the country.

Marylin Hoare

Today, the Hoare family continue to run our Estate, which now has two care homes. Marilyn and her husband Geoff still live on the Estate, while their son Charlie is now the MD and ensures Marylin’s high standards of care are still lovingly provided.

Importantly, our way of working is now codified and enshrined in the Butterfly Approach.

What is the Butterfly Approach?

Developed by Meaningful Care Matters, the Butterfly approach is built around a person-centred care culture where people are ‘free to be me’.

There are very few specialist care homes where the approach is focused on meaningful care – a surprise if you consider that everyone’s experience of living with dementia is different.

With such a variety of experiences and specialist care needs, there shouldn’t be a one size fits all approach to dementia care. And that’s why we value emotional intelligence and domestic household living, honouring the core belief that every person living with dementia has a unique story which has meaning and that matters.

Butterfly Training Day

All of our team demonstrate these core values, and we invest in them to make sure they always provide the very best possible loving care. Because of this, we live and breathe the Butterfly care culture through our family-run home and family-style care.

We care for individuals, their personal needs and emotions, enabling our team to access the interior world of all our residents. But what does that look like in practice?

Daily life at Langham Court

Team members offer every resident the time and space to be themselves. We connect with everyone individually– getting to know them, their families and what gives them joy.

We understand what matters most to everyone on any one day, so all care is personalised in the moment.

Every hour of every day, we empower our residents to live as they did independently.  We bring their world into their daily life at Langham Court, stimulating them and building on their mental agility, encouraging them to continue pastimes or even take up new hobbies.

Meaningful moments

To do this well, our team are warm, caring and nurturing. They are also respectful, flexible and kind, enabling our residents to have a feeling of belonging and the ability to be spontaneous in the knowledge that their well-being and individuality are important to us.

What is unique about  Langham Court is our family-style dining which encourages conversation and a community feel. At the same time, individual doors to bedrooms mean privacy is there when residents need it.

Langham Court

We’re so happy with our recent extension, designed with specialist dementia living in mind, with three new day rooms with different views over the Estate and access to the enclosed outdoor patio area or sun terrace.

“Langham Court is set up as separate households that all share dining areas, offering small-scale living within self-contained communities. Residents within these households tend to gravitate towards the shared areas in the day in much the same way as you would at home, to dine together and spend time with one another, but in a way that avoids the mass dining experience of many other care homes.” – Charlie, our MD.

Wherever you are in Langham Court, you’ll see and feel the love.  If you’d like to learn more about our Estate and meet our fantastic team, please call us to arrange a tour of the grounds and homes.

For more information on what it means to be a Specialist Dementia Care Home and how to select one for your needs, please read this article.

At the Huntington & Langham Estate, we provide luxury care across our two specialist care homes.   Family-owned and run, we offer dignified, compassionate and personalised care to our residents, giving them the nurturing support they need to continue living full, independent and meaningful lives.  

To arrange a visit to the Estate and tour our homes and grounds, please call 01428 604 600 or complete this form.  


Spreading Joy at Langham Court

We all need moments of joy in our lives and as a Homemaker at Langham Court, there is nothing more rewarding than spreading Joy amongst those who live in our Specialist Dementia Care Home.

Claire shares with our MD Charlie Hoare what makes the role of Homemaker so special, providing emotional wellbeing with no one day the same. With the team all bringing their own personal passions into their roles, Claire explains how her go to is creating moment of joy through music.

Remembrance Sunday

Lest we forget

At the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month – we remembered them.

In preparation for remembrance Maggie created a beautiful poppy field on the lawn in front of Huntington House, with more poppies added each day in the run up to Sundays service.

Remembrance Sunday The residents decorated the window in the main lounge looking out onto the grounds with their stunning autumnal colours.  The staff created some beautiful knitted poppies from the red Huntington House wool, which were on display at reception to welcome visitors, with new smart plaques on the front door too.

Remembrance Sunday decorationsLest we forger

The importance of short term Respite Care

The importance of short term Respite Care

The demand for Respite Care during the summer months is unsurprisingly high, with many families heading off on holidays whilst their children are on the summer break from school and others planning action packed days, during the warm weather.

For those who have a caregiving role in the family, the need to balance the support they give with their wider family can be challenging at this time of year.  Whilst caregiving is very rewarding, it is demanding both physically and mentally and being able to take time away, can be hugely beneficial to health and wellbeing.

What is the purpose of Respite Care?

Taking a break from caring for someone else is the main reason people consider respite care, giving carers time for themselves.  This can be based on day care, care in the home or a short stay at a residential care home of 1 to 4 weeks.

Professional Elderly Care - Huntington and Langham resident with children

When is it time to consider Respite Care?

There are many reason caregivers make the decision to organise Respite Care for a person they support and our recommendation where possible is to plan this ahead of time during busy periods like the Summer Holidays.

  • Simply take time out to reboot and recharge physically and mentally
  • To enable them to spend more time with children or the family during school holidays
  • When the list of general household to do’s aren’t getting done and they need to catch up on themselves.
  • During renovation work to the home, which is likely to be disruptive
  • The need to attend medical appointments or treatment themselves
  • They simply just need a break

What are the benefits of short term residential respite care?

Whilst there are a number of options available for a respite break, such as asking friends or family to help out, employing a live-in carer or sourcing home care from a paid carer, there are added benefits from opting for short term residential care.

A short term stay in a luxury all inclusive residential home like Huntington House, can be a holiday in itself for people who need extra help in their day to day lives or live alone with change of scenery and the peace of mind being in a welcoming, safe and secure environment.

These short stays can also be a great opportunity to trial the services and environment of a Residential home, if a full time move is being considered.  The socialness of joining in activities and chatting to the other residents and staff is often the thing people enjoy the most from their stay.

Respite Care for people living with Dementia can also be beneficial when it is in a specialist dementia care home like Langham Court.  With the reassurance the person living with dementia’s needs will be taken care of, gives carers peace of mind to have a break whilst the stimulation of taking part in activities created with individual abilities and needs in mind can be a positive experience for those living with dementia

Residential care


Who pays for respite care?

Where respite care can’t be fully funded within the family, there is funding available for respite care and local councils will complete an assessment of both your individual living and financial circumstances.   This will be completed as a carer’s assessment and a needs assessment for the person who needs the care.

The Huntington & Langham approach to respite care

Whether recovering from an operation, injury or medical condition, or if you’re a carer and need somewhere safe for your loved one to stay while you take some time for yourself, our respite care is second to none and comes part and parcel with complete peace of mind.

We create a personalised care plan before any stay so that you and your loved ones can relax, knowing we’re providing specialist support in a comfortable home from home.   We often find people settle into the home very quickly and extend their stay.

“I don’t think you could find many Huntington’s. It’s extremely well run. Different people get different things. I love it! I came for two weeks and have stayed for months. It’s the attitude you just couldn’t fault. They have been very understanding to me as a smoker as so many places don’t these days. AND they’ve let me have my dog Woolly – they had a vote on it and then Maggie said “Woolly is welcome!” Respite Resident at Huntington House

You’ll be welcomed into the family and are encouraged to make the most of all that we have to offer here, such as an exciting activities programme, freshly-cooked meals and beautiful gardens, along with high quality care from our fantastic team.

Huntington House is a leading accredited Level One Dragonfly Residential Home.  In our recent audit we received an Excellent rating from the team at Meaningful Care Matters, who described our care as:

“A highly engaged service with a high value on meaningful moments and a true person-centred philosophy, which is congruent in look, sound and feel as well as with regulatory compliance requirements. People’s individuality and expression is evident, and people can express that freedom and be themselves.

MCM Dragonfly Care

Our Home Maker team have a great mix of different skills and interests which helps offer variety in the day; with some residents enjoying the more structured activities such as quizzes whilst others value time with the team who are great at offering more 1-to-1 time and conversations.

How can I organise Respite Care?

If you, as a caregiver, need some time out, or you feel your loved one might benefit from a change of scenery, our respite and daycare services could be ideal for you.

We encourage anyone thinking of Respite care to come and visit us to take a tour of the homes and Estate, simply give us a call on 01428 604600 or Email us at huntington@hlestate.co.uk


How do you choose the right type of Care Home?

For many people, it is not until you find yourself in the situation where, either a close relative or you need greater support with personal care, that the question “What types of care homes are available?” needs answering.

If you then find yourself overwhelmed with the multiple and varied choices you can have to receiving care and support, you are certainly not alone.

Thankfully there are several independent practical guides and resources online, which we can recommend to explain the options available and provide practical tips on choosing the right type of care.

What is the difference between a care home and a nursing home?

The AgeUK website is a good place to start your research, so you can be clear what the differences are between a care home and a nursing home and how these relate to people living with Dementia.

Age UK offer an overview of the main types of care provision and an independent view of the options available.

  • Care Homes – is the most commonly used phrase when referring to services such as ‘providing personal care, such as washing, dressing, taking medication and going to the toilet. They may also offer social activities such as day trips or outings’.
  • Nursing Homes – (or Care Homes with nursing) ‘provide personal care as well as assistance from qualified nurses. Sometimes called care homes with nursing.’
  • Care Homes with dementia care – ‘designed to make people with dementia feel comfortable and safe’
  • Nursing Homes with Dementia Care – whilst not currently covered by Age UK on their website, this is a specialist category of care for those living with Dementia that we would also include given our experience at Langham Court where we are able to offer our residents bespoke nursing care aligned to their personal needs.


How do I choose a Residential Care Home?

Before starting on your journey to creating a shortlist of prospective homes, we would always recommend talking to a professional, such as a GP to help establish the right approach to care needed for yourself or a loved one.

A needs assessment is, however, only part of the process to choosing the right home.   The style of home you select is a very important decision when it comes to making the move into Residential Care of any genre.

There are several national chains of Residential care providers in the UK, many offering a hotel or concierge style experience for residents at their properties.  With smaller regional chains offering their own models of care, by comparison at The Huntington and Langham Estate, as we are a family owned and run home, we are passionate that we offer just that –  a family home from home for all our residents.

Everyone’s approach to how they like to live is personal, which is why we encourage our prospective residents, along with their families to visit us and spend time familiarising themselves in our home.  Quite often it’s the moment people step through the door that they know it’s right.  Just like buying a new house, it’s the location, outlook, decoration, and layout which create those first impressions.

With so many properties and models of care available, Carehome.co.uk is a good source of information, offering a comprehensive directory of over 17,000 homes across the UK.  Their website makes it easy to search by location and type of care.   Featuring reviews and awards, also offering comprehensive details of each property and a rating for comparison.


What makes a good Care Home or Nursing Home?

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) are the main regulatory body of all health and social care providers the nation over.

Carrying out inspections of all properties they are a good source of information about the standard of care you should expect to receive, rating the 5 set categories of: Safe / Effective / Caring / Responsive and Well-led.

We go beyond these categories to focus on a person centred care approach, partnering with Meaningful Care Matters to provide a meaningful experience for our residents everyday allowing them to be “Free To Be Me” each and every day.  All of our team are conscious of doing the right thing “in the moment” for our residents, rather than be constrained by schedules or processes.

Adopting the Butterfly and Dragonfly approaches to care, we believe we are able to improve the quality of life and lived experiences for all in our care.


What are the options to fund care homes or self-funding your long term care?

3 useful links to begin your research into the funding of care are listed below.  Talking to a local solicitor or accountant can also be a good source of information as they will often be supporting others take the most effective approach to funding care.

We would also be happy to share our knowledge of options for funding for anyone considering becoming a resident at The H&L Estate.


We are here to help you make the right choices

Whilst choosing the right care home or nursing home can seem daunting, with lots of things to be taken into consideration, there is lots of help available and a willingness to help.  After all we are all #GladToCare.

Please do get in touch with us if you would like to visit The Huntington & Langham Estate, the kettle is always on!

Advice For Handling A Dementia Diagnosis In A Loved One

When your loved one receives a dementia diagnosis, the world can suddenly feel upside down and out of kilter. Here, Charlie Hoare, Managing Director at Huntington & Langham Estate in Hindead, gives advice on handling a dementia diagnosis in a loved one.

Dementia Is A Journey

Dementia is a journey. It often starts in a dark, hostile place with a flimsy leaflet as a map and everyone assuming you know which way up to hold it. But you are not alone on this journey; there are various people and organisations that can be your companions along the way.

If you feel lost already, Alzheimer’s Society is a good place to start. Their website maps out all you need to know about dementia – from ‘signs and symptoms’ to an online shop with a whole host of helpful items, such as Velcro clothes by The ABLE Label that promote dignity and independence.

Understanding Dementia Can Be Overwhelming

Be wary of information overload though. Dementia is a huge topic that even dedicated researchers do not fully understand yet. If you do become overwhelmed, the brilliantly named Dementia Adventure has an invaluable free online dementia skills session called Mood & Motivation. You must attend their ‘Thinking Differently About Dementia’ first, but once you have, you will be scouring their website for other sessions to attend, not to mention their supported holidays.

Dementia Home Care Or A Dementia Care Home?

At some point you will decide how best to look after your loved one; either as an unpaid carer or enlisting the help of home care or a care home. Either way, you will likely feel a huge sense of responsibility for them, not to mention all the emotions that come along for the ride – guilt, loss, frustration, stress. There are no two ways about it, you need to look after yourself as well. This is easier said than done when you are also juggling the endless demands of your own life, but coaching is a concept that could help.

Coaching For Unpaid Carers

Coaching is currently growing in popularity way beyond the realms of sport where it is most associated with specialist coaches for eating, sleeping, and every other aspect of life. Coaching For Unpaid Carers is a refreshing resource that aims to empower people to live the life they choose. The ‘Stress Buster’ video on their website is worth a watch. But there are many local lifestyle coaches that may be able to support you. Aim to find a recommendation or contact a reputable agency.

Specialist Dementia Care Homes

Finally, there are specialist dementia care homes for any crises along your journey. In our experience at Langham Court, and despite promises they may have made to their loved ones, people either contact us at the beginning of their journey for reassurance that help is at hand when needed, or when they have reached a crossroads in their care due to a hospital admission, an incident at home or a discussion about the end of life with their GP or other family members.

Moving Into Care Is Not The End

People often feel as though moving into a care home is the end of their journey, but good care homes will work with you rather than replace you. For some it marks the beginning of a new journey, one where they remain part of the care provided but regain their relationship with their loved one. But everyone’s journey is unique, and you must find the support that suits you.

Charlie Hoare is the Managing Director of the Huntington & Langham Estate, which includes specialist dementia home, Langham Court. A fully accredited Butterfly model care home, Langham Court puts the individual at the heart of all of its decision making, ensuring both the home environment and care is tailored to care recipients’ personal preferences and needs.

If you’d like to discover more about Langham Court, please contact us

Butterfly Care at Langham Court

Langham Court is our specialist dementia care home in Hindhead, Surrey. We are a specialist dementia care home as we are accredited for using the butterfly approach.

You may wish to read our article on How To Spot A Specialist Dementia Care Home.

 Butterfly Accredited Care

At Langham Court, we are fully accredited as a Butterfly Home. The accreditation is provided by Meaningful Care Matters.  You can read more about Butterfly Care here.

 Butterfly Care Training

All our members of the Langham Court Team are trained and practiced in the Butterfly Approach.

It’s important we provide a continuous professional development structure for our staff, which includes Butterfly care refreshment training.

As part of our recent Butterfly care training in November 2021, we spent some time to create and agree to a list of very important “Wills and Wonts” at Langham Court.

This is our mantra at Langham Court. Please take time to read.


  • Smile
  • Be friendly and open
  • Be kind
  • Offer respect
  • Listen
  • Show people they matter
  • Give choices as to how people will spend their day
  • Be caring and loving
  • Engage and interact with people
  • Help people feel loved and appreciated
  • Take time to find out individuals’ favourite foods and offer these – “I’ve brought you some of the chocolate you like.”
  • Bring laughter and fun
  • Be approachable
  • Let people lie in and stay in bed if that’s where they want to be
  • Offer affectionate touch – taking my hand or touching my shoulder
  • Show kindness and consideration – “I saw this and thought of you”
  • Spend time chatting and getting to know people
  • Tell stories about our lives which might spark interest and conversations
  • Talk to me first and ask before doing a task
  • Support people to do the things people used to enjoy doing
  • Give those who loved their pets contact with animals
  • Bring some excitement – “Shall we go outside for an adventure?”


  • Shout – talk with a loud voice
  • Ignore people
  • Be task focused and not talk to people
  • Tell people what to do
  • Show anger to people or be aggressive
  • Treat someone like they are stupid
  • Use harsh language or commands
  • Tell people when to go to bed
  • Leave people in bed all day
  • Wake people up when they don’t want to
  • Speak to someone like they are a child
  • Do things to people without telling them what is happening
  • Talk about someone in front of them
  • Make people feel they are not included or listened to
  • Put people down and disregard feelings
  • Label people
  • Say “That’s not good for you” or “That’s not safe”
  • Stop people from eating the things they enjoy.
  • Make people eat when they aren’t hungry
  • Force people to do things they’ve disliked all their life


To find out more about our Butterfly care at Langham Court, click here




How To Spot A Specialist Dementia Care Home

Many care homes provide dementia care, but there is a difference between care homes that accept people with dementia and specialist dementia care homes. The former might have some signage dotted around to help people orientate themselves. The latter will have a robust culture of care, usually implemented as a care model, which is seen in every interaction between the staff and residents.

The Butterfly Approach

Ever since Langham Court opened in 2013 it has been an accredited Butterfly home. The Butterfly approach is a care model that focuses on enabling people to be ‘Free to be me’. In essence, Langham Court encourages people to express their feelings in ways that traditional care homes often ignore or attempt to control.

Butterfly Home Audit


A Butterfly audit, which is required for accreditation, identifies a sliding scale of 5 different types of care interactions – meaningful, positive, neutral, negative, and controlling. The majority of care homes that are audited have 70% of interactions (between staff and residents) in the neutral, negative and controlling categories. To be an accredited Butterfly home, 70% of interactions must be in the meaningful and positive categories. 

Positive Interactions Versus Negative Interactions

Examples of these types of interaction can be found in everyday occurrences, such as something as simple as making toast.

  • A meaningful interaction might be a carer asking what you would like on your toast, sitting next to you while spreading your preferred choice, and reminiscing about how the smell of toast reminds them of their childhood.
  • A positive interaction would perhaps look similar to one you might have experienced at a hotel breakfast buffet. Well, a decent one anyway, where a waiter gives you a choice, a smile and a bit of small talk, but doesn’t sit down and join you.
  • A neutral interaction is the bad buffet equivalent where something you ordered on a tick sheet the night before is plonked down in front of you with little or no personal interaction.
  • A negative interaction might involve being encouraged to wait until lunch because it is getting late. The intention might be good, so as to not spoil your appetite, but it is denying you choice and independence.
  • A controlling interaction could be denying you toast altogether due to already having had some, and perhaps talking over you to another member of staff saying that you’re always asking for toast when you’ve already had some.

Limiting interactions to neutral, negative and controlling tends to go one of two ways. People either become compliant and withdrawn or frustrated and annoyed. People with dementia, whose ability to control these emotions has been lost, either become upset and depressed or irritable and aggressive, and can become labelled by these behaviours forever.

The Approach of The Carer Influences Behaviour In Dementia Patients

Professor Tom Kitwood, whose core principles of person-centred care helped shape the Butterfly approach, identified that it is not necessarily the dementia that causes people to display challenging behaviour but the approach of the people caring for them. This is why Butterfly homes, with a majority of positive and meaningful interactions, have such successful outcomes for people with dementia, especially those who may have previously been labelled ‘aggressive’.

It does not necessarily mean that people stop displaying such behaviours. We all get frustrated from time to time, and having dementia presents a whole host of situations that almost anyone would find frustrating. But Butterfly homes see these behaviours as a form of communication rather than a reflection of someone’s personality.

Butterfly Homes Use An Emotional Risk Assessment Tool

A common occurrence of such behaviours can be while providing personal care, which is necessary to prevent infections but can be incredibly upsetting for people with dementia. When clinical care needs to be carried out there is a risk that keeping someone safe comes at a cost to their wellbeing. In these situations, Butterfly homes often use an emotional risk assessment tool to make sure clinical and emotional care are balanced, and such care is provided for the person, not just their condition.

An emotional risk assessment might look at how frequently personal care is required and what time of day it is provided rather than fitting it in with the daily routine of the home when it suits the staff rather than the resident. If this doesn’t work, and personal care causes distress regardless, Butterfly homes might allocate a different member of staff to the one providing the physical care to visit the person afterwards to support them emotionally.

It is this emphasis on emotional care and meaningful interactions that all specialist dementia care homes should have. If you are looking for a specialist dementia care home, simply spend a minute or two observing a lounge or day area, and count the different types of interaction, as outlined above.

If you’d like to learn more about our Butterfly Home Langham Court, please click here

To see if there is a Butterfly home near you, check the map at the link below.




Choosing the Right Dementia Care Home

When the difficult decision of moving your loved one into a dementia care home has to be made, it can be very challenging for all involved. Family members can often feel guilty from passing on the care of loved ones to someone else. It is therefore crucial that the home you do choose is the right one.

Further challenges are brought into consideration when your loved one is living with dementia. There is often extra confusion and greater difficulty in explaining to your loved one why they will have to leave their home.

Help when choosing a Dementia care home 

Our team at the Huntington and Langham Estate in Hindhead, Surrey have over 40 years of experience when it comes to this matter. We will work with you to ensure a smooth transition into our care environment.

Our home at Langham Court embraces our motto and we will do everything we can to support you, so all you have to do is “let our family look after yours’.

The Butterfly approach of care we embrace takes a very person-centric focus, putting your loved one’s emotional and physical needs at the forefront of everything we do.

Below are some of the considerations we suggest you bare in mind when choosing the right dementia care home for your loved one.

Involving all those who care is key

The move into a care home can be a very daunting prospect for all family members. From the person in question, to their primary caregiver, be it a daughter, son or other family member, to the more external members of your family who may be providing support and love from slightly further afar.

It is important to ensure that everyone feels involved in the decision making process, even if that just means communicating with them in a more in-depth manner about the steps along the way.

Easing those feelings of guilt that we have often seen families struck with can be quite challenging, however our team is here to help at every step of the way.

Third party bodies and charities can also provide support at this stage, such as Dementia UK who offer free impartial advice and support to all family members in scenarios just like this.

When is the right time to move into a care home?

Finding the right time to move into a care home is never easy. Is it too soon? Is my loved one emotionally ready to move? Will there be ramifications if you leave it too late? These are all very important questions that you need to consult your family/caregiving circle on.

The need to move into a care home could have arisen from a number of reasons; deterioration of their condition, resulting in it being harder for them to live independently, a change in circumstance meaning the primary caregiver is no longer able to commit as much time into looking after their loved one, there could be many reasons, and many combinations of reasons for seeking a dementia care home for your family member.

Regardless of the ‘whys’ and the ‘whens’, it is still a difficult decision for anyone to have to make.

From our experience, considering the move into a care home should be thought of as far in advance as possible. And often, we have found that if your loved one moves before their condition has deteriorated too greatly, it makes the move that much easier.

It could start with a day or two, visiting the home, an introduction via respite care or daycare, or just a quick chat on the phone with one of the Huntington and Langham team to find out a little more.

How to find the right care home

Once you’ve decided that moving into a care home is the next stage for your loved one living with dementia, and all family members are onboard with the transition, the next step is to begin the search for the right home.

Again, third party resources such as Age UK are fantastic for providing impartial advice. They have a plethora of guides on a range of issues and  provide excellent information and insight into selecting a home, along with a handy checklist you can download and use too.

The Care Quality Commission is an independent regulator of health and social care in England. They register, monitor and regularly audit homes up and down the country to provide an easy to understand rating. We are completely transparent, and proud of our ‘GOOD’ rating. You can view the CQC report for Langham Court here.

At the Huntington and Langham Estate in Surrey, we embrace the more homely aspects at our care home. We want to create an environment where you feel as comfortable as you would in your current home. Our home was built by family, for families and we very much want to extend ours to yours for anyone joining us on the estate.

If you’d like to learn a little bit more about what we do, just drop us a line here, or learn more about our dementia care offering here