Relatives, social care professionals, charitable organisations, students and members of the community have praised Tall Trees Nursing Home in Chipping Norton for sharing their knowledge and expertise in dementia with the community during a special event held at the care home recently.
The event which offered guests a three-part dementia awareness session was aimed at helping family members of those living with Dementia and other interested parties understand more about Dementia, the myths, the symptoms and the challenges.
Guests were invited to participate an immersive experience enabling them to experience some of the challenges that people living with Dementia encounter daily and to hear how mealtimes are being transformed by Caring Homes by award winning chefs to ensure the wellbeing of residents is maintained regardless of any physical and or cognitive impairment.
Having not attended an
event of this nature previously, one guest said “We found the dementia
presentation very relevant, informative and insightful. The food presentation
was also fascinating, particularly around how to stimulate the senses. The use
of moulds was very clever.”
Other guests too, were
exceptionally interested in the information provided, and especially enjoyed
the immersive experience where they discovered first hand how a person living
with Dementia may experience the world. On entering a darkened room with glasses
and gloves guests were invited
to complete everyday tasks like – tying shoe laces, completing buttons on a
shirt, pairing up socks from a daily wash, and in so doing, recognising the
difficulties and frustrations that everyday jobs present becoming so much more
complicated and harder to complete.
There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise by 2025. Raising greater awareness is vitally important with a potential 225,000 people in the UK likely to develop Dementia this year, that’s one every three minutes. Tall Trees are passionate about creating dementia friendly communities.
Attendees included those
from the local church, hairdressers, GP practices, students and relatives of
people living in the community with dementia. All shared that they had enjoyed excellent
sessions, which were extremely informative and run by great hosts.”
The event aimed to give
participants an in-depth understanding about, and empathy for the psychological
needs of a person with Dementia and is based on Caring Homes' in-house Dementia
training programme, ‘Living in My World’, which has won a prestigious Princess
Royal Training Award. There were hints and tips to improve communication and a
practical session to understand some of the day-to-day frustrations that affect
a person living with dementia.
Michele Saunders, Caring Homes’ My World Dementia Strategy, Project Lead presented and said, “I really enjoy delivering these dementia events and with the aid of practical training it helps raise awareness, increases empathy and knowledge which is so important within the community. By educating everyone about Dementia we can help empower those living with Dementia every day to live a good life that has a real purpose and meaning and for me that is everything.”
Food is a big part of
life at Tall Trees. The ‘Food in My World’ training, also accredited by City
and Guilds develops the hospitality team and chefs’ skills and knowledge to
stimulate senses and increase creativity in the cooking and presentation of
food. This provides a much improved, dining experience for residents living
with Dementia and or dysphagia and the home were delighted to be joined for the
event by Steve Harding, Caring Homes’ award-winning chef to share his expertise
in this area.
Advisor, Diana Rugge said, “We were delighted at the interest shown in finding
out about Dementia by the community around Tall Trees with plenty of
participants in the morning and the afternoon. Events like these enable people
to learn about Dementia and help them to challenge the way people think, act
and talk about the condition. We have received so much positive feedback.
"We want to actively
promote a dementia friendly community through sharing our knowledge and
expertise and hope that members of the local community will take the
opportunity to join us again, perhaps, at one of our future events, which will
be shared via our website and through our Facebook page.”
member at Tall Trees receives our unique ‘Living in My World’ dementia training
which is accredited by City and Guilds. It highlights the importance of
meaningful activities and a stimulating environment for people living with
dementia, as well as addressing clinical aspects of care.
There are over 200 different forms of dementia, which affect each person in individual ways, it isn’t just about memory loss. Different types of dementia can affect people in lots of other ways too, from feeling confused and having difficulty concentrating to behaving differently. The most common are Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy Bodies, Frontotemporal dementia.
Tall Trees Nursing Home in Chipping Norton can be found in the beautiful village of Shipton-under-Wychwood in Oxfordshire. The Home provides personalised nursing, dementia and residential care, for up to 60 elderly residents, including long-term care, trial stays, short-stay and convalescent care.
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