We’re proud to be spearheading a range of initiatives ahead of Dementia Action Week, which runs from 20 – 26 May, helping improve access to dementia support.
Dementia Action Week
Dementia Action Week unites individuals, workplaces and communities to take action and improve the lives of people living with dementia. To mark the week, Martina Devlin, our Head of Independent Living, has organised 5 days of events including a healthy living session with nutritional food, dietary tips, chair-based exercises and advice about socialisation. Events will be taking place across our Extra Care developments:
– Bluebell Park in Huyton
– The Watchfactory in Prescot
Dementia Support in Knowsley
Designed for those with specialist needs, both developments offer on-site care facilities and host regular dementia friendly events, like vintage black and white film afternoons which help residents take a trip down memory lane; summer, Christmas and Halloween parties; singing classes and the use of a specially designed therapy ‘robo’ cat, which has sensors, so it can respond to petting and hugs.
Our Extra Care schemes support the Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme, which aims to transform the way people think about the condition and how they can help. Bluebell Park and The Watchfactory also encourage some residents to become Dementia Friends Champions, these volunteers inspire others to make a positive difference to people living with dementia in the community.
“We fully support those living with dementia and we have developed our two sites around residents’ needs, encouraging positive friendships and a sociable environment. These developments offer on-site care providers, 24/7 emergency assistance and regular events which engage residents with interesting activities to support their memories.
“We’ve seen some great results with our programmes of activity – our residents with dementia who take part in these events form important relationships that challenge social isolation.”
– Léann Hearne, Group Chief Executive