Dementia Case Study - Monica's Story

“I look on dementia as a form of living grief – you lose the person that was there before. I can’t connect with my mum in the same way, but through dance I feel we can make a real connection. I am often led by her – she will start a movement and I will join in – it’s a way of communicating with her. “I really think she believes she is the ballet teacher that she was in her late 30s. Part of dancing together means we have lots of hugs as mum gets very tired and reaches out to me.

“The alternative might be that I would come and meet her here at Tall Trees and she would be in an armchair and we would have a cup of tea. There wouldn’t be that physical connection – dancing helps encourage that. “Mum will usually indicate when the class is over as she is tired – then it is always a cup of tea and a chocolate biscuit – we carry on at a pace which feels right, it’s always a nice memory for me to drive home with.”

At Tall Trees we provide personalised nursing, dementia and residential care, for up to 60 elderly residents and were recently rated ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission.

If you would like to find out more about life at Tall Trees, or would like to arrange a visit, please contact us on talltrees@caringhomes.org or telephone 0808 223 5540.

“The ballet movements have given her body confidence. It’s physically demanding and has helped her movement and flexibility.” Daughter Annabel

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