Living with dementia can be a difficult and frustrating experience, not only for those suffering from the condition, but those who care as well.
In Mansfield, The Sycamore and Poplars Care Home opened their Memory Café as a way to try and break down barriers and negative stereotypes regarding the disease.
Memory cafes offer a range of engaging activities for people living with dementia and their cares. They provide an opportunity for people to socialise with others who have similar concerns and obtain information and advice about dementia.
Karen Gilbert, Home Manager, said: “We set up the Memory Café to try and help communities break away from a culture of negativity about care homes, and promote the services we can provide for people suffering from dementia.
The Sycamore and Poplars Care Home Memory Café has received high praise from the Newark and Sherwood Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
Glenna Gash, Patient Experience Manager from Newark and Sherwood Clinical Commissioning Group said: “I would like to thank you for letting me visit the Memory Café and speak to those who use it. Everyone was extremely helpful and I’ve used their feedback in a recent meeting I held with the Governing body. The CCG is going to find ways to share best practice and how care homes can make a real difference to the wider community.
“I wish you every continued success with the café.”
Nicky attends the café with her elderly mother. She says: “Attending the Memory Café has completely changed my opinion of care home and the support they can provide. I enjoy being with other carers who are in a similar situation to mine and my mother enjoys the social atmosphere and the activities.
Dawn, Personal Activity Coordinator for The Sycamore and Poplars Care Home, said: “The Memory Café is always lively and we have received some very good feedback from the people who attend leave the sessions feeling like they have a better quality of life.”
The Sycamore and Poplars Care Home have a lot more things planned to improve and increase the services offered by the café.
Karen Gilbert, Home Manager, added: “We would also like to introduce other support services such as opening up bathing and hairdressing facilities for people struggling with personal care in their own homes to come and see us.”
More information about the Dementia Care Four Seasons homes provide is available on our website.
Date published: 15 September 2017