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Staff help make a special birthday for David


A residential care and support service near Ringwood in Dorset, has helped a man in the final days of his life to enjoy a special 50th birthday with friends and family.

Staff at Northfields House in Poulner organised a party for David shortly before he died in July at the property where he had lived since 2011.

David, who had a learning disability, was diagnosed with dementia in 2014 which affected his intellectual functioning and mobility.

Karen, Service Manager at Northfields, said her team were determined to ensure David could enjoy the celebrations.

“We had planned on having a big 50th birthday bash for David but he became very poorly in the last few months of his life.

“He went from being very mobile, to needing a walking frame and wheelchair, to finally deteriorating to the point where he was confined to his bed.

“It was agreed that a temporary bedroom would be made for him that was completed just in time for his big day.

“To ensure he could still celebrate and be involved in his birthday, the team needed to support him to be able to go downstairs from his bedroom on the first floor.”

The people from whom David’s bed was hired took it apart and moved it downstairs so he could be comfortable in his new bedroom, and the service organised for a private ambulance team to carry David from his bed and take him downstairs to his party.

Karen worked with support staff to make party food, including a birthday cake, and hung up balloons and personalised bunting around Northfields.

To make the celebration more personal, Karen and senior support worker Becca Leonard, helped David take a trip down memory lane.

Karen added: “We found and printed many pictures of David with life-long memories, activities and people he had met over the years. We put them up on the wall next to his bed to create a visual memory wall.

“During the party we played his favourite Abba CD and he giggled and smiled all the way through. It was a memory everyone will remember and treasure forever.

“The party was enjoyed by all of David’s family, friends and staff old and new who helped him celebrate his birthday.

“I am so proud of the team at Northfields and our sister service at Two Wells. Everyone pulled together to help a very special man who touched everyone’s heart.

“David was a truly amazing person and we would have gone to the moon and back to make him happy. Our thoughts and prayers are now with his family.”

As a result of the caring and co-ordinated support they demonstrated working with David, the team at Northfields House was named by Regard’s as their ‘Outstanding Team’ in the care-provider’s latest ‘Celebrating Excellent Support’ in-house awards scheme.

Families wishing to know more about the residential facilities and support offered at Northfields can find out more from Helen Petitdemange on 07944 105 428 or visit the service page below.

Northfields House


Specialism: Adults with a learning disability. At Northfields we work with people who have complex needs and a high level of vulnerability including