Cinemas across the UK recognised World Alzheimer’s Month in September with a series of dementia-friendly film events.
The BFI Film Audience Network and venue partners have made film accessible throughout September and beyond, for audiences living with dementia. Regular relaxed screenings, full of live entertainment, offer safe and welcoming experiences.
The film screenings are developed by venues and supported by the eight BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) Hubs across the UK and National Lottery funding, who provide dementia-friendly guidance, training and support to cinema operators.
Caring Times, October 2017
Two care homes in Norfolk have launched new services to encourage older members of the community to join their staff and residents for activities, entertainment and meals.
Olive House in Newton Flotman and Bilney Hall near Dereham are offering day care services and ‘friendship lunches’ and are encouraging anyone to attend.
The homes, part of the Healthcare Homes Group, provide residential services, including specialist dementia care and are looking to widen the reach of their care expertise to help even more people. Recent statistics show that almost three-quarters of older people in the UK are lonely and more than half of those have never spoken to anyone about how they feel.
The day care services give individuals access to the communal areas at the homes throughout the day, with food and drink also provided, and friendship lunches offer a free … Read More »
‘Pioneers of social care’ was how Dr Claire Royston described the care professionals who attended the Best Practice conference in Birmingham on September 20.
Organised by Caring Times and sponsored by Four Seasons Health Care, the event brought together dozens of examples of forward-thinking and best practice from care homes across the country.
In her keynote address Dr Royston, who is group medical director for Four Seasons, said care homes needed to raise awareness of the many initiatives being taken to improve the lifes of elderly people and those with special needs.
“There are wonderful things happening in the sector but we don’t always shout about it,” said Dr Royston.
“It is a huge problem that many in the NHS feel that only they have the answers and that they need to tell the care sector what to do.
“We are all pioneers and it … Read More »
South London nursery Apples and Honey Nightingale has opened its doors to its first intake of children on-site at Nightingale House care home in South London.
The project integrates both older residents and children into the delivery of the nursery curriculum. Meaningful intergenerational activity is at the heart of the nursery, with daily activities planned between elderly care residents and nursery children.
The first week’s programme included making soup harvested from the vegetables planted by residents and children at the nursery launch, painting alphabet tiles together, designed by 89 year old resident Walter Goldstein.
Every week now, residents will visit the nursery and children will interact with the care home, making maximum use of the whole campus. Diverse activities will be led both by nursery and Nightingale Hammerson staff, all of which are designed to deliver an early years curriculum based on the … Read More »
Too few care home residents get the chance to engage regularly in meaningful activity, yet it can have a powerful impact on wellbeing. Julia Wood, Liezl Mari Anderson and Raymond Smith look at how an “active residents” programme is helping
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Two care homes in Norfolk have launched new services to encourage older members of the community to join their staff and residents for activities, entertainment and meals. Olive House in Newton Flotman and Bilney Hall near Dereham offer day care services and ‘friendship lunches’ and are encouraging anyone to attend.
The homes, which are part of the Healthcare Homes Group, provide residential services, including specialist dementia care and are looking to widen the reach of their care expertise to help more people. The day care services give individuals access to the communal areas at the homes throughout the day, with food and drink also provided, and friendship lunches offer a free opportunity to come and enjoy lunch at the homes, socialising with residents and taking part in the day’s activities.
Lisa Brown, regional manager (Norfolk) for Healthcare Homes, said full assessments could … Read More »
A care provider in Wales says it encourages its service users to engage in activities such as learning an instrument or gardening.
The Global Council’s recent report on brain health recommends people engage in stimulating activities such as learning an instrument, photography and gardening as they provide benefits for adults’ brain health and can impact how well the brain functions.
Ffion Evans, registered manager at Abacare, said the company had been encouraging our service users to engage in cognitively stimulating activities for many years.
“The report says that ‘brain-training’ games including mind games and puzzles that are designed to improve brain health have little benefit as the player only gets better at the game, which does not amount to improvements in daily cognitive ability, and we agree,” said Ms Evans.
“We much prefer to encourage our service users to take up activities such as … Read More »
Caring Times, July/August 2017
Talkative Deborah Pritchard took on a sponsored silence to raise funds for a dementia friendly sensory garden at a Widnes care home.
The carer at Halton View Care Home, on Sadler Street, spent an entire day silently carrying out her duties.
She wore a sign around her neck reading “I am on a sponsored silence” and carried a note book so she could communicate with colleagues, residents and visitors.
She raised £289 for the sensory garden, which will include planters, furniture, a water feature, bird table and a wide variety of fresh flowers.
Sensory gardens have proven therapeutic benefits for those living with dementia, as they elicit memories through touch, sound and smell.
Deborah was challenged take on the sponsored silence by her colleagues as part of Dementia Awareness Week, which takes place all this week, from 14th to 20th May.
Deborah said: “I … Read More »
Person-centred activities combined with just one hour a week of social interaction can improve quality of life and reduce agitation for people with dementia living in care homes, while saving money.
These are the findings from a large-scale trial led by the University of Exeter, King’s College London and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. These results were presented in mid-July at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2017 (AAIC). The research was funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).
The trial involved more than 800 people with dementia across 69 care homes in South London, North London and Buckinghamshire. Two ‘care staff champions’ at each home were trained over four day-long sessions, to take simple measures such as talking to residents about their interests and decisions around their own care. When combined with just one hour a week of social interaction, … Read More »
It is 20 years since John Killick published his first book of poems inspired by conversations with people with dementia. Recently, he has been looking back on these formative experiences and he shares some of the poems which have resulted
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