Families help to run dementia bistro
Families and friends of those people with dementia are helping to run their own special bistro at a care home to share advice on the issues surrounding the disease after the bistro was opened by a campaigner.
‘Tea for Two’ was opened at Birch Green Care Home in Skelmersdale, Lancashire, by author and campaigner Ian Donaghy, who wrote the book Dear Dementia: The Laughter and Tears to help share information on dementia for those interested in learning more.
The bistro has been so popular that family members of people with dementia have stepped in to help run it, along with a small shop selling useful items and bric-a-brac. Birch Green general manager Carol Nickeas said that, by creating the relaxing bistro environment, the home was helping families of those people with dementia share their experience and gather information on the disease and its effects, with experienced dementia care advocates on hand to provide advice.
“The families soon got involved and wanted to contribute to the bistro environment,” said Ms Nickeas.
“This is ideal because they can share their own experiences and also benefit from the knowledge of our dementia advocates at the same time.”
As a centre of expertise, staff member Gill Tugwell is a dementia ambassador, leading the Focused Intervention Training and Support (FITS) project at Birch Green, one of just 150 homes in the country to commit to the training.
Under the FITS project, the intensive training programme will be followed up with regular supervision sessions as best practice is extended to other staff members.