Volunteers support dementia friendly Market Square

Volunteers support dementia friendly Market Square

A Chorley care village is welcoming an intake of volunteers to support its dementia friendly Market Square.

The newly recruited volunteers will be leading and assisting with activities, as well as providing support in the purpose-built facilities at Buckshaw Retirement Village, which includes a pub, café, pet shop and hair salon, and a dementia friendly 20-seater cinema. 

Husband and wife volunteers Peter and Patricia Baldwin will be helping with a range of new activities, including model building, group walks, women’s baking, knitting and flower arranging groups, which are part of a wider commitment to provide person centred activities, inclusive of all residents needs, as well as promoting the importance of physical and mental wellbeing.

Overcoming dementia communication barriers

dementia communications

A simple way to overcome dementia communication barriers

A leading care centre in Seaford is keen to share its advice and successes in caring for people with dementia.  Its January top tip for anyone caring for someone with dementia is to use a simple but very effective communication aid. 

Clifden House Dementia Care Centre has implemented the use of simple but very effective communication aides for its residents. These are called ‘Communication Cards’.

Communication Cards are pictorial representations of common emotions and needs, and have proven to be an exceptionally useful mechanism for residents - allowing sufferers to quickly and easily express themselves clearly.

Getting to know a Dementia UK Admiral Nurse

Dementia UK Admiral Nurse

Dementia UK’s Admiral Nurses provide an emotional and practical lifeline to families living with dementia. We sat down with Matthew Burns who works in and around Wakefield in conjunction with South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. We talked through his background, the families he supports and developments in post-diagnostic dementia care

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Festive loneliness, living with dementia at Christmas.

dementia at Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, a time of year highly anticipated by most. But sadly, for some of those who are affected by dementia, the festive season can become one of the loneliest times of the year. New research from Alzheimer’s society has found that over half of people affected by dementia find Christmas the most isolating time of the year.


New research to investigate whether CO poisoning is being misdiagnosed as dementia

The Gas Safety Trust (GST) has announced it will fund a piece of research looking at the impact of low level carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning in older adults and its potential impact on cognitive function.


The research, to be carried out by Lancaster University and supported by the West Midlands and Merseyside Fire Services, will gather data on low levels of CO present in homes of older adults and screen their cognitive function and mental health. This research will assist in the understanding of whether low level and long term CO exposure can be a risk factor in neurological disorders such as dementia.


Grandad Inspires Entrepreneur to Make A Change.


Ben Atkinson-Willes founded Active Minds, a company who design and create activities for people living with Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Active Minds work with several care homes across UK and the NHS, Age UK and Bupa. We recently caught up with Ben to find out more about his journey and plans for the future…

The idea started back in 2008 when my grandfather had been living with Alzheimer’s disease for the past 10 years, and I decided to see what I could do to help support him.

Dementia Dare Devil Wing Walk

Dementia Dare Devil Wing Walk

An East Sussex lady, whose husband Derek resides at Clifden House dementia care centre, completed a dare devil wing walk to raise awareness and help reduce the stigma of dementia.
Delia Spindlow, whose husband was diagnosed with dementia a few years ago said “It’s hard when someone close to you has dementia. While my husband is lucky enough to be in the superb care of Clifden House Dementia Care Centre in Seaford, I still wanted to do something to raise further awareness of this debilitating disease. “
Delia’s wing walk challenge took place on 23 September and helped raise money for Eastbourne Dementia Action Alliance, with the staff at Clifden House donating to the fundraising efforts.

Sunrise senior living and Gracewell Healthcare celebrates three shortlistings at national awards

Sunrise Senior Living and Gracewell Healthcare are celebrating after being named finalists in three categories at the prestigious National Dementia Care Awards 2017.


Sunrise of Eastbourne was shortlisted in two categories with Fiona White, the General Manager at Sunrise of Eastbourne, being named a finalist in the Inspiring Leader category in recognition of her ability to effectively support and motivate her team.


Sunrise of Eastbourne’s ‘Reminiscence Neighbourhood’ Team also earned their spot as a finalist in the Best Dementia Team category. 


Re:Cognition Health launches new Alzheimer's clinic in Birmingham

Re:Cognition Health Launches New Clinic in Birmingham

Re:Cognition Health, a leading provider of final phase, international, clinical trials for Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological conditions, has launched a new centre in Birmingham.

Located in the Calthorpe Medical Estate, at 100 Hagley Road Road, B16 8LT, the new site will provide access to the very best healthcare and treatment options for Alzheimer’s disease and related conditions, whilst pioneering research to ultimately help pave the way to finding a cure for the disease.

Acting now to improve dementia care

Acting now to improve dementia care

By Jill Whittaker, managing director of Connect2Care, discusses how investing in apprentices can help improve dementia care

More than 500,000 people in the UK are currently thought to be living with dementia and this figure is rising year-on-year[1]. In fact, the number of people living with the illness is predicted to increase by an astounding 281% in 2050, compared to 2015 figures[2]. Despite the growing number of cases, it’s estimated that one in three care workers have received no formal dementia training[3].

Coordinator appointed for specialist dementia friendly market

Coordinator appointed for specialist dementia friendly market

A specialist nursing home has appointed an expert coordinator for its dementia friendly Market Square.
The Lodge, which is based within the award-winning Buckshaw Retirement Village, Chorley, appointed coordinator Chris Durnan to oversee operations of its ‘Market Square’ which is designed especially for older residents and those with dementia.
Facilities within the Market Square include a 20-seater cinema, the Pet Shop, a pub, café, bakery, hair and beauty salon and a music relaxation lounge.
Chris, who is 33 and from Chorley, has worked in the care industry from the age of 16, working his way up to management level while also gaining a diploma in dementia studies from Bradford University.

Pupils take part in scheme to help understand dementia

Pupils with resident

Residents and staff at Camelot Care’s Freshfields Nursing Home in Plymouth are looking forward to taking part for the second time in the Archie Project, a scheme that links local schools with people with dementia in the community.


Part of Reminiscence Learning, a West Country-based charity that aims to promote, maintain and improve activity and education by working with people with dementia, the Archie Project is a unique intergenerational awareness-raising project created to reduce the stigma and fear associated with the word dementia.


Cinemas across the UK recognise world Alzheimer’s month

Cinemas across the UK will be recognising World Alzheimer’s Month this September with a series of dementia-friendly film events.


The BFI Film Audience Network and venue partners are making film accessible throughout September and beyond, for audiences living with dementia. Regular relaxed screenings, full of live entertainment, will offer safe and welcoming experiences.


The film screenings are developed by venues and supported by the eight BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) Hubs across the UK and National Lottery funding, who provide dementia-friendly guidance, training and support to cinema operators.


Hana Lewis, Strategic Manager of Film Hub Wales explains:

Watford care home welcomes its youngest ever Dementia Friend

Dementia Friend

Staff at The Chase Care Centre in Watford have welcomed their youngest ever ‘Dementia Friend’.


In early August, 10-year-old Kai Roberts, who lives in Wales, went to the home to visit his Nanny, Jo Mosses, who manages the home.  Whilst visiting, Kai quickly demonstrated his natural, caring demeanour with residents, many of whom live with dementia.


On his first day at the home, Kai saw that one of the residents was becoming distressed.  He quickly sat with her, calming her down by reassuring and speaking to her before staff took over. What was a one-off visit to see his Nanny became the start of a week-long work experience visit as Kai came back to The Chase each day. 


County Council recognise premium dementia care at Chesterfield homes

dementia award

PREMIUM dementia care has been officially recognised at two Derbyshire care homes by the local authority.


The Dementia Standard Award has been awarded to Chesterfield’s Holmewood Care Home and Springbank House Care Home by Derbyshire County Council.


The homes, both operated by the Hill Care Group, had to pass an intense inspection process and have already won the Derbyshire Health and Adult Care Dignity and Respect Award.


The Dementia Standard Award is not a statutory requirement for those offering dementia care and homes must choose to participate.


Opening of new £6.74m care facility proved to be a right royal occasion

Opening of new £6.74m care facility proved to be a right royal occasion

A leading care provider celebrated a right royal occasion earlier this month when it opened its doors to a new £6.74m care facility. 

The Orders of St John Care Trust officially opened its newest home - The Lakes Care Centre - on 20 July in South Cerney, Cirencester. 

As part of the celebrations, HRH The Princess Royal visited the centre and met with residents and employees as she took a look around and found out more about the baking and reminiscence activities at the care facility. 

Princess Anne also met with Mrs Sybil Fleury, the first resident to move into The Lakes, who invited the Princess to see the spacious bedroom and en-suite wet room facilities available to residents. 

Designing for dementia

Oliver Buchan, LuxLab®, discusses the important lighting considerations for care facilities and improving the comfort of dementia patients.


When designing a facility with dementia patients in mind, it is very easy to talk exclusively about the provision of light in terms of practicalities, but there is so much more that good lighting addresses. In a dementia-friendly setting, the lit environment has the ability to reduce disorientation, confusion and falls by revealing forms within the space. It can also increase social interactions, optimism, attention span and independence by delivering a stimulating visual field.


Community invited to visit new state-of-the-art residential and dementia care home in Bournemouth

Dorset residents are being encouraged to take a look around a new purpose-built 80-bed care home which opened in Bournemouth last month.

Great Oaks residential, nursing and dementia care home, based in Poole Lane, is managed by Encore Care Homes. It opened on Tuesday June 26 following a successful Quality Care Commission (CQC) inspection.

Ian MacDonald, care home manager, will be on-hand to talk to visitors at an open day being held on Thursday July 20 from 10am to 2pm. People will be able to meet the care home team including nurses and carers, and take a tour around the facilities of the building, which is set among a private woodland setting.

Dementia is a killer –  but many people don’t know it is fatal  

Dr Emer MacSweeney

New survey reveals:

• Almost half of Britons don’t realise dementia is a fatal disease

• British adults are more concerned about having Alzheimer’s or developing dementia (38%) than cancer or heart disease combined (31%)

• 87% believe early detection of dementia can make a difference to their future health BUT awareness of symptoms is severely lacking so people are in the dark on what to look for