Kingston Hospital’s Memory Café, which offers people with dementia and their carers a chance to socialise and share information, is a big success.
The Trust, in partnership with Home Instead Senior Care are organising the free fortnightly event at the Hospital which is an informal, friendly place, for people to come and find out more about issues related to memory loss, get practical advice and support and talk with professionals about their concerns. Those that come along can enjoy tea, coffee and homemade cakes, as well as take part in games, music from yesteryear, dancing, singing and chair Zumba.
Duncan Burton, Director of Nursing & Patient Experience said: “We are delighted to be working with Home Instead to provide these events and I was so pleased to see so many people at the first Memory Café. All of those that took part had great fun, including me! This event, is just one part of the Trust’s work to look at how we can make our Hospital more dementia friendly and supportive for our patients, their carers and the wider community.”
Clare Jefferies, Owner, Director of Home Instead Senior Care Wimbledon and Kingston added:“We are pleased to be working with the Hospital and I would like to encourage anyone who is worried about their memory or someone they care for, to come along. The first event at Kingston was a real success. There was a really upbeat atmosphere and we had patients from the wards and clients from Home Instead who all came along and really enjoyed themselves.”
People with memory loss, Alzheimer's, other dementias or related conditions and carers are all welcome, whether you are being treated by the Hospital or not.
Kingston Hospital has been nationally recognised for its work to transform the care provided to patients with dementia and has a three year dementia strategy, which was developed with patients, carers, staff, voluntary and community groups. A number of initiatives have already been introduced to improve the experience of patients with dementia including the introduction of a therapeutic activities programme, where trained staff and volunteers provide activities, lunch clubs and reminiscence therapy.