Music, stories, singing and more! Helping those with dementia as the latest data is published
A wide range of support is on offer in Warwickshire for carers of people with dementia, and many providers are offering innovative solutions – from dementia cafés to ‘suitcase story’ events to singing and dancing!
Arts Uplift are holding weekly ‘Suitcase Stories’ events as part of a reminiscence and music project for people living with dementia and their carers, supported by Warwickshire County Council and NHS South Warwickshire CCG.
Morning sessions take place at Alcester Library from 10.30am – 12.30pm and afternoon sessions at Kenilworth Library from 2pm – 4pm on Thursdays on the following dates: 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th May, 6th, 13th June, 4th, 11th, 18th July. For more information contact Jenny Davis on 07946 585978 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Download the poster here: Arts Uplift Suitcase Stories poster
Castle Brook Care Home in Kenilworth are holding a dementia café “with a difference” every week on a Friday from 10am – 12pm, where carers can share their experiences, chat and try some of the facilities the home has to offer. For more information contact 01926 353160 or email email@example.com. Download their poster here: Castle Brook Care Home Dementia Cafe poster
Information on other dementia help and support sessions can be found on the Living Well with Dementia in Warwickshire website (dementia portal).
Bella Home Care have shared what they do with customers that have dementia and are struggling to understand, or even show resistance to the assistance being given while receiving a package of care. They said: “We have found that sufferers of this cruel condition respond well to melodic tones, singing and dancing. We will sing instructions to them and dance with them in the direction that we need them to go.
“The dancing is found to be a muscle memory so this is not lost because of the condition. This does not always work, but is effective more often than not. Even if the customer’s mobility is reduced, the singing still works.”
The Pam Britton Trust for Dementia and Warwickshire CAVA have published the latest version of their Little Pocket Book of Support for carers of those living with dementia: The Little Pocket Book of Support. It has current information on support services and social activities in the wider Warwick district area, with many charities and agencies contributing to it.
Public Health England has just published an update to their dementia profile, giving a picture of dementia in England, with new updates for forty indicators including dementia prevalence, deaths, care home and nursing bed provision, and emergency hospital admissions where related to dementia.
PHE hope the update will be useful for health and social care professionals, to help improve services and outcomes for people with dementia and their carers.