Community Integrated Care joins Age Exchange in dementia partnership
Blackheath-based Age Exchange, a national centre for reminiscence arts, has merged with one of the UK’s largest health and social
care charities, Community Integrated Care.
The partnership enables Age Exchange to benefit from Community Integrated Care’s infrastructure to grow its organisation and increase its reach. It will also enable Community Integrated Care to elevate its existing dementia services and expand its offer to include Age Exchange’s reminiscence and dementia services to the people they support.
The merger arose following an internal review of Age Exchange’s sustainability in 2016/17, which revealed an opportunity to extend the reach and impact of its services by partnering with a national social care charity. Community Integrated Care was selected for its national infrastructure and commitment to delivering exceptional specialist dementia services.
Community Integrated Care chief executive Mark Adams described Age Exchange as a “beacon of best practice in reminiscence arts and dementia intervention”.
“We have been inspired by the impact that their life-enhancing work has had on the people in its care and in the wider local community,” said Mr Adams.
“With 850,000 people in the UK currently living with dementia and those numbers set to rise to more than one million by 2025*, investing in this partnership with Age Exchange supports our bold new five-year strategy as we begin to go back to our charitable roots, putting the people we support, our colleagues and the community at the heart of what we do.”