Following a brief chat with Susan O’Hara, the Manager of Oak House, an Equity Housing sheltered housing scheme in Offerton, the idea of a “Forget Me Not” Dementia Club was born. Gary Wells, Community Development Officer for in-house care company Home Instead Senior Care said: “The idea came from when I worked at Home Instead South Liverpool and I helped to set up a Dementia Group called Forget Me not Dementia Group in Netherley. The group was very successful and I thought it would be a great idea to set a similar group in Stockport. The first meeting, which was held on 9th December was a great success and Susan O’Hara and myself are looking forward to the next group meeting in January”
The group was initially designed for residents only but they plan to expand it to the local residents of Offerton next year. The group runs on the first Tuesday of the month from 1pm to 3pm at Oak House, Dialstone Lane, Offerton. Due to the Christmas break, the first meeting in the New Year will be on the 13th January 2015. The meeting will consist of a guest speaker, arts and crafts and will be enjoyed with tea, coffee and cakes. The idea is to encourage people with poor memory or dementia to engage with a group designed to encourage social inclusion and support.
At the first meeting Gary Wells gave a short talk on the conditions of dementia. There was tea, coffee and mince pies as well as planting “forget me not” seeds in pots for next year. Gary said about the first meeting: “We had a lovely afternoon and we were joined by Katie Gray (CAREGiver) with her client Margaret, who lives at Oak House”.
For more information about the group or for any of the services that Home Instead Senior Care provide to support people with Dementia in Stockport please call the office on: 0161 480 0646 or visit www.homeinstead.co.uk/stockport
Alternatively, if you would like more information about Oak House or any Equity Housing Scheme please call: 0800 733 233 or for Oak House: 0161 486 7729 or go to: www.equityhousing.co.uk/