Dementia Awareness in Schools
Orchard Care Homes, a leading provider of high-quality care for the elderly, has launched a new children’s activity book, ‘Making Sense of Dementia.’ It’s designed to develop understanding and help children feel less confused when someone close to them has that condition. It will take pride of place in all thirty-nine of Orchard Care Homes residences and will also be sent to local schools to increase awareness of dementia amongst young people.
Making Sense of Dementia’ features fun traditional games such as mazes, spot the difference, optical illusions, memory tests, word searches and much more. Every activity is linked to the challenges somebody with dementia may face, with many pages asking children to question what they could do to help. By working through the book, children will better understand what living with dementia may feel like and learn to empathise and bond with family members who have the condition.
Professor Martin Green, OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, welcomed the book, saying: “Making Sense of Dementia” is aimed at young people over 8 years of age. It’s very informative, interactive and full of puzzles, questions and activities that give insight and develop understanding in a diverse and entertaining way. I sincerely hope that this publication will be used in schools and by families to improve young people's knowledge of dementia, and to break down the barriers of fear and misunderstanding that exist about this increasingly common condition.”
Co-author Lorraine Lee, Executive Director of Quality & Governance at Orchard Care Homes, commented: “I am passionate about making the lives of people with dementia better. ‘Making Sense of Dementia’ provides children with the tools to lessen the confusion about the changes they see in a once familiar person. Our aim was to create a book that will go some way towards helping families stay close to their loved one with dementia – and achieve this in a fun and engaging way.”
The book was written to coincide with the launch of Reconnect, a ground-breaking new approach to dementia care by Orchard Care Homes. Created by leading sector professionals following three years of research and development, the model recognises the importance of relationships, communication, environment, empathy and meaningful occupation to improve residents’ quality of life.
Launching at Green Park Care Home in Warrington in August 2019, the Reconnect model will deliver an innovative approach to empower people living with dementia to retain their identity, in a safe and positive environment. The home has been designed to recognise the needs of people with dementia, with small lounges, in a homely yet therapeutic environment supported by a team of highly trained dementia therapists. The specialist care approach will provide people with dementia and complex needs with the continuity of care that the condition requires.
Lorraine Lee continued: “There is so much more research and understanding of the disease, and we now have the opportunity to significantly improve the way we care for people with dementia. Research into the condition formed the basis of Reconnect. The number of people living with dementia within the UK is predicted to rise to 1,700,000 by 2051, and we all are likely to know someone who suffers from the disease. By putting ourselves in the shoes of the person living with dementia, we are able to see the world through their eyes, and deliver care that is truly personal to them, and address any of the challenges in a positive and empowering way.“
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Launch of Clinical Skills Training Hub
NHS Warrington CCG in collaboration with Warrington Borough Council are proud to announce the launch of the WARRINGTON CLINICAL SKILLS HUB.
Aimed at Adult Social Care Providers:
· BE PART OF AN INNOVATIVE NEW PROGRAMME OF CLINICAL SKILLS TRAINING AVAILABLE WHEN YOU NEED
IT AND IN YOUR LOCALITY
· HAVE A SAY IN WHAT TOPICS ARE DELIVERED
· GET SUPPORT WITH STAFF COMPETENCIES
· SHARE THE COST OF EXPENSIVE CLINICAL TRAINING WITH OTHER LOCAL PROVIDERS
Adult Social Care Providers can pay a monthly subscription to join the Clinical Skills Hub which will give them access to a number of training courses for their staff including: Core care skills, Skin Integrity/React to Red, Introduction to End of Life Care, Venepuncture, Clinical observations & NEWS early warning scoring, Ear Care, Dysphagia, Care planning, Enhanced Care Home Support Service pathways, Syringe driver training & end of life drugs, Advance Care Planning & difficult conversations, Catheterisation, Verification of expected death, Dietetics, Diabetes Management, Competency sessions.
Venue for all training is St Werburghs Development Centre, Boswell Avenue, Warrington, Cheshire, WA4 6DQ.
For further details and subscription pricing please contact:
Quality Improvement Manager (Care Homes)
Warrington Clinical Commissioning Group
Tel: 01925 843689
Warrington Clinical Skills Training Hub
Tel: 01925 442896