There are 750,000 people with dementia in the UK. By 2021 there will be over 940,000 people living with dementia and this will soar to 1.7 million by 2050. One in three people over 65 will die with dementia. More than 60 per cent of all care home residents, aged over 65, have a form of dementia. There are over 16,000 people under 65 with dementia in the UK. These are not just statistics; they represent millions of families with loved ones who require special care, both at home and in nursing homes. If you are struggling to care for a loved one with dementia it is important to remember you are not alone.
Almost 2,000 families like yours have trusted Home Instead to provide one-on-one home care for loved ones with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Home Instead CAREGivers complete a training programme designed by national and international renowned dementia and Alzheimer's experts. This means our CAREGivers are provided with the latest in Alzheimer's education and home care techniques, so you can be assured your loved one is being cared for by a trusted professional.
Our CAREGivers are trained to:
Maintain a safe environment. Manage changing behaviour. Provide nutritious meals. Provide mind-stimulating activities. Create social interaction. Supervise daily activities.
Our CAREGivers can also provide assistance with enhancing and restoring the simple pleasures of life, such as a walk in the park, a trip out in the car or spending time in the garden. These care activities are proven to maximise abilities and independence.
We can take clients to a local dementia cafe, or to a Carers group which may continue something which is already in place or a new experience. The best place for a person with memory loss is in familiar surroundings. The services provided by Home Instead are a valuable, trusted solution to help your loved one maintain a regular routine, enhancing his or her quality of life.
HOME INSTEAD ST ALBANS - DEMENTIA CAFE LAUNCHED MAY 2017
We launched our long awaited Dementia Cafe on 10th May 2017, this was an exciting initiative for the team as we had been wanting to launch a Dementia Cafe in our local community and Fiona had been trying to locate a suitable venue for some time. After a long search and wait she was finally able to secure St Mary's Church hall in Marshalswick, St Albans and our Dementia Cafe was started.
Our first cafe session was held on Wednesday 10th May and was a great success with over 30 attendees and 14 local volunteers helping out, many of whom were local St Albans Mums who responded to our ‘volunteers needed’ post on Facebook. From the response we have had and continue to receive to the launch and start-up of the café, it seems this was long awaited and we are proud and privileged to be able to offer this support within the local community.
As a company we have been dealing with the effects Dementia has on the people living with the condition and their family and friends for many years. We have experienced first-hand how isolating it can be and seeing the value of our cafe and similar cafes around the country have in offering support and a safe environment to come along socialise and meet other people in the local area is priceless.
We asked our attendees what they would like to participate in whilst at the cafe and one of the key activities was a sing along. At our cafe on Wednesday 15th June, our regular volunteer Mel (who is also a fantastic singer) treated everyone at the cafe to a good old fashioned sing along accompanied by Mac on the guitar, which was an absolute delight and loved by all.
We have a regular range of activities at the cafe including: Bunny Therapy, planting pots. arts and crafts and lots more planned for upcoming cafe sessions.
Home Instead St Albans - Dementia Cafe
Held every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, from 10:30 - 12:30pm at
St Mary's Church, Marshalswick, St Albans, AL4 9QA
To attend or volunteer please call Fiona Harrall on 01727 895941 or email [email protected]