Dementia Action Week 2021 runs from 17-23 May and is organised by the Alzheimer’s Society. This nationwide event is open to everyone, including individuals, workplaces and communities. From displaying posters and signing the petition to wearing Denim for Dementia and becoming a Dementia Friend, there are lots of ways for you to get involved.
Brendoncare understands that the experience of dementia is different for everyone. We offer specialist dementia care in some of our care homes in Hampshire, Wiltshire and London. To read a list of our frequently asked questions about caring for a person who is living with dementia, click here.
What dementia support does Brendoncare offer?
Throughout the year, Brendoncare works in partnership with a number of organisations to offer care and support residents living with dementia and their families. One of those is Dementia-friendly Alton, who organise a calendar of dementia-friendly activities for Brendoncare residents and the local community.
For example, their new Love to Move programme combines chair-based exercise with music and movement therapy. Endorsed by the British Gymnastics Foundation, this fun activity has become a firm favourite with many residents.
Karen Murrell, a Dementia Champion at Dementia-friendly Alton, joined the nursing bank at Brendoncare Alton at the start of the pandemic. As a registered nurse, Karen was able to support with the continuation of valuable activities for residents within the home. Being able to enter the home meant that important music therapy sessions could continue.
“Working together across all age groups in relation to mental health, opens the door for younger people to become more aware of the effect of dementia on individuals and their carers, as well as reducing any associated stigma.”
Another partnership forged during lockdown was the merger of Dementia-friendly Alton with The Happy Healing Hut. This new union hopes to establish and promote a comprehensive framework of support for mental health and well-being across all ages. It also aims to increase the provision of relevant services and complementary therapies to enhance communication, help everyone feel relaxed and valued as individuals.
What about music therapy?
At Brendoncare Froxfield, we have been working closely with a qualified music therapist for a couple of years now. He helps to empower our staff and improve resident’s wellbeing by using music in more ways and more often in their daily lives. The activities coordinators across Brendoncare follow this effective method to ensure our activities are dementia-friendly.
Dementia care training
Dr Kellyn Lee is a research fellow in Ageing and Dementia Research at the University of Southampton, and also one of Brendoncare’s valued trustees. Dr Lee works closely with our home managers on a wide range of dementia care topics, including care planning and access to functional objects, that can help a person settle into life at a care home more comfortably.
Brendoncare has an individualised approach to dementia care. We take time to learn about each resident, recognising that what works for one will not work for all. Find out more about the importance of everyday objects in the lives of people living with dementia by watching this video on material citizenship:
Brendoncare is a registered charity, dedicated to improving the quality of life for older people through our care homes, close care facilities and community clubs across the South of England. Specialist dementia care services are offered in a number of Brendoncare homes. Each home is staffed by highly qualified and experienced care and nursing teams, who strive to make residents feel at peace in an environment they know and trust.
Our homes are open to new admissions. To learn how we can help support you and your family, call our friendly and knowledgeable team on 0300 303 4866 or email email@example.com