Tag: Individuals/personal accounts


Praise for devotion

Posted on December 20th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Praise for devotion

Staff at a Hastings care home have been praised by the town’s MP for their thoughtfulness and dedication to caring for residents. Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary and MP for Hastings and Rye, read in the Hastings Observer how Kellie Carter and Kimberly Mann from Hastings Court care home on The Ridge had given up their evenings off to accompany a devoted couple on a special evening out.

John and Celia Mortimer, both in their late 80s, were treated to a ‘date night’ at the Sussex Exchange after Kellie overheard them discussing how much they would like to go out to dinner.

The couple, who’ve been married for more than 60 years, moved into Hastings Court in January 2016 after John’s Parkinson’s disease and Celia’s deafness made living at home too difficult. In personal letters to the caring staff members, Ms Rudd … Read More »


Living with PCA: ‘just take everything day by day’

Posted on September 18th, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

Nazneen Bamji and Christina Maciejewski discuss the rare form of dementia known as posterior cortical atrophy (PCA). They draw on the experience of Linda Hall, who was diagnosed by Cardiff memory team at the age of 59

Vol 25 No 5 Page 30


Sponsored silence is golden for ‘quiet achiever’ Deb Pritchard

Posted on August 7th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Sponsored silence is golden for ‘quiet achiever’ Deb Pritchard

 

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 »


Fearless in her fight for feelings-based care

Posted on May 22nd, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

David Sheard pays tribute to dementia care pioneer and Merevale House founder Anne Fretwell, who died in February

Vol 25 No 3 May/June 2017 Page 16


2017 and beyond: my hopes and fears

Posted on March 13th, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

Philly Hare holds out the prospect of scary but exciting times ahead as she takes stock from her new vantage point at Innovations in Dementia

Vol 25 No 2 Page 16


Living well with progressive non-fluent aphasia

Posted on September 19th, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

Jane Twigg has a rare form of dementia but her battle to get a diagnosis was fraught with difficulties. Here, supported by Jenny La Fontaine, she offers some advice for professionals

Vol 24 No 5 Page 16


Caring is a two-way street

Posted on May 23rd, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

Strong working relationships between professionals and families are vital in dementia care. Former carer Adam Sibley explains why

Vol 24 No 3 Page 18


On the other side of the coin

Posted on January 18th, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

Lynne Phair describes how concerns about her stepfather’s sexually inappropriate behaviour after the onset of vascular dementia led to a deeply personal disclosure

Vol 24 No 1 Page 14 – 15


Riding the rollercoaster of dementia

Posted on November 23rd, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

Lucy Whitman introduces her new book, People with dementia speak out, a collection of personal accounts by people with dementia

Vol 23 No 6 Pages 32-34


Writing that welcomes everyone into our world

Posted on November 23rd, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

Keith Oliver wanted to write down what he thought and felt, but how? In this joint article he describes how he helped set up a writing group which resulted in a unique book

Vol 23 No 6 Pages 14-15



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