Around 850,000 people in the UK currently have some form of Dementia and this is forecast to rise to 1,000,000 in next 10 years and to 2,000,000 by 2051.
For the last 20 years, Gowrie House Care Home in Kirkcaldy has been providing specialist care and support to people with dementia and their families.
During Dementia Awareness Week, the home, supported by Alzheimer’s Scotland, held a Dementia Open Day to help raise funds in the fight to tackle this disease, which some family members describe as ‘the disease that stole my parents away’.
As well as getting people talking about the event, the home wanted the visitors to understand what it’s like living with dementia. To do this they invited some guest speakers to the event. These included Therapet - who bring dogs into the home for residents to play with and pet, - George Aitken, a local entertainer, Deborah Johnstone, a Holistic Massage Therapist and Ken Galloway a local historian.
Anjie Rester, Home Manager, said: “Here at Gowrie House we care for people with dementia every day. We have an idea of what our residents deal with on a day to day basis, but some people in the local community may not. We hoped this event, would not only raise money to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s but also educate the community into some of the behaviours of someone with the disease.”
The home held dementia experiences for representatives from the Care Inspectorate, SSSC, Fife Council and Alzheimer’s Scotland to give them a better understanding of what it’s like to live with dementia.
Anjie Rester, added: “The day was informative and fun. We had a number of fundraising activities throughout the event. This included an indoor sponsored cycle ride, and a throw the wet sponge at the Home and Regional Manager. Overall we managed to raise an amazing £288.60 for Alzheimer’s Scotland. I want to say thank you to everyone who donated, and for those who came to the event. It was a great success.”
Mike Shea, Regional Manager for Fife and Central Scotland, said: “Huge thanks must go Tracey Rhodes, Resident Experience Facilitator who organised the event. She didn’t tell me that one of the fund raising activities involved me getting a wet sponge in the face, but I’m glad I was able to help in any way I could.”
Date published: 15 September 2017