Local caregivers have highlighted the support, services and activities available to people living with dementia, during Dementia Action Week (17 to 23 May). Home care provider, Right at Home, has also taken the opportunity to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society by taking part in Denim for Dementia.
“As COVID restrictions ease we have been able to restart some of our popular activities and meet-ups that are a lifeline for people with dementia and those caring for them. It has been wonderful for our Sunflower Cafe in Bordon, which provides tea, coffee and a friendly listening ear for people living with dementia, to meet again in person,” says Alastair Shanks, the Managing Director of Right at Home Alton and Bordon.
The Bordon Sunflower Cafe has eased itself back into meeting face to face by organising gentle activities and restricting numbers. Attendance at the café is currently by invitation only but Right at Home hopes to increase numbers soon.
“Dementia can be incredibly isolating but we feel strongly that it doesn’t need to be. That’s why we run community activities such as Singing for the Mind, our Sunflower Cafes, Love to Move and Inclusive Cricket – fun, social, therapeutic activities and sources of support, open to anyone with dementia and to their carers.”
Mr Shanks continues. “Right at Home is part of a wider community of caregivers, health providers and support organisations. I encourage anyone affected by dementia to reach out – pick up the phone or go online to find out about the help available.”
Right at Home operates across west Surrey and Hampshire providing care in people’s homes, ranging from companionship to 24-hour live-in care. Staff have raised money for the Alzheimer’s Society by wearing denim for dementia and making a donation to the charity.
Right at Home’s website features full details of its social activities – which are all provided for a nominal entrance fee – as well as useful information and links to video guides about caregiving topics. The Alzheimer’s Society website provides general information about dementia, details of its support helpline and a search tool to find local support.