East Sussex Care Home To Host Community Dementia Café Event

7th March 2012
Residents and staff at a Lewes care home are getting ready to host a regular new event, designed to help members of the local community affected by dementia.Claydon House in Lewes, East Sussex will hold a dementia café on the first Wednesday of every month between 2:30pm and 4:30pm. Each event will feature a specialist speaker as well as a short musical concert.The first event will take place on 7th March and will feature a talk from the Home Manager, Maggie Spooner, and a 1940s themed performance from Activities Coordinator Emilie Watson. A number of local dignitaries will be among the attendees, including John Stockdale, Mayor of Lewes, Ward Councillor Ruth O’Keeffe, Parish Vicar Reverend Dick Field, and Older Peoples Mental Health Commissioner Nigel Blake-Hussey.Activities Coordinator Emilie Watson has been working with local health and social care organisations and charities to build up the programme of events. Future sessions will feature guest speakers from Age UK, Care for Carers, and local businesses.Residents and staff alike have been helping prepare the home to welcome the community. Residents will be participating in the event by offering teas and cakes to guests, and decorating the home with vintage café décor. Staff feel that empowering their residents to host such an event will help them become more involved in the community.There is no need to book and refreshments will be provided. If you require any further information about the event then please call: 01273 474844.Emilie Watson, who is organising the event, said:“The residents and staff have all been very busy preparing for the dementia café. We are excited to open our doors to the community.“The café will give local people the chance to find out more about living with dementia, and chat and socialise with other people affected by the condition.”

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