We currently support over 400 people who are living with dementia and in support of Dementia Action Week (20 – 26 May) we would like to share some examples of how our initiatives are improving well-being for those we care for.
Our Woodcroft Care Home in Cardiff is leading the way in our approach. They have forged a great relationship with their local primary school, St John Lloyd RC Primary School, who visit every week to enjoy singing, craft, drawing and reading with the residents. The difference these interactions make are remarkable.
Beth Davies, a teacher at St John Lloyd RC Primary School said: “The children benefit hugely by developing their social skills and building one to one relationships with the residents. They really look forward to our Monday morning visits and we have seen their confidence and well-being improve.”
Rubicon dance company make frequent visits which enable our residents to exercise and have fun at the same time. Home Manger, Elaine, explained how everyone looks forward to the sessions. She said: “The whole building is alive on their visits. You can hear laughter everywhere which is wonderful and raises everyone’s spirits.”
The installation of virtual assistant technology in the home has made a huge difference to the residents’ lives.
Elaine continued: “They love making choices of what they want to listen to, it also encourages interaction by debating who will have the first choice. Some even have a chat with the assistant themselves! Most recently we have used it bring the outdoors in by playing birdsong in the newly created indoor garden, complete with pergola and plants.”
At Hafod, the Alzheimer’s Society is a cause close to our hearts as an increasing number of our tenants, residents and loved ones suffer from dementia.
All of our care colleagues benefit from mandatory dementia training which we introduced in September and we previously worked with the Alzheimer’s Society to provide training to over 800 staff across Hafod via the ‘Dementia Friends’ initiative.
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