Dementia Friends in The Walled Gardens of Cannington Tea rooms

It was lovely to hear from Hayleigh at the Walled Gardens tea rooms today, about how attending a Dementia Friends Information session that I had run had changed her families approach to visiting granddad who has Dementia.

Hayleigh attended the walled gardens staff session and had taken on board one of the messages in the Bookcase analogy. Her family had been in two minds about visiting. However after Hayleigh explained to them what she had learnt about the different parts of the brain, and seeing the person as more than their Dementia, they have started to visit more often.

Job Done! Nice one Hayleigh.

For those who haven’t attended a session, see the video below.

To find out more: www.dementiafriends.org.uk

Inquest opens into death of resident at Immacolata Care Home, Somerton.

What's happening in Somerset Care Homes.

The Western Gazette reports the opening of the inquest on 19th January 2015. John Weldin, aged 83, was found hanging at the care home on 6th January 2015.

He had moved into the home after the death of his wife in 2011.

The inquest was opened on 8th January and adjourned for further investigation.

The Western Gazette Story can be found here

More about Immacolata Care Home, run by Notaro Care Homes, can be found on the company’s website.

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Dementia Friends Press release

I’m pleased to say that Bridgwater College have kindly let me use the Walled gardens of Cannington tea rooms to run some Dementia Friends information sessions.

Me in action at a recent session in the Walled Gardens tea rooms. A Dementia Friends session for the staff and volunteers

Me in action at a recent session in the Walled Gardens tea rooms. A Dementia Friends session for the staff and volunteers

Click here to see the coverage on Walled Gardens Website

PRESS RELEASE from Bridgwater College
18 December 2014
Jenny Pearce 01278 441215

Walled Gardens of Cannington to hold free dementia training

The Walled Gardens of Cannington is to hold free training sessions for those interested in becoming Dementia Friends and learning more about dementia.

The sessions will be run by local Dementia Friends Champion Kris Scotting and held in the Gardens’ Tea Room. Members of the public can drop in to the sessions without pre-booking to find out how they can help be more dementia friendly. Alzheimer’s Society is aiming to have one million Dementia Friends by 2015, to help improve the lives of the 670,000 people currently living with the condition.

The Walled Gardens Tea Room previously held a training session for staff and volunteers which was a great success.

Rich Mullan, who works at the Gardens said, “With dementia very much in the headlines of late, I was keen to take the opportunity to learn a bit more about it. This short introduction course was a real eye opener on both a personal and business level. We hope to introduce measures within the Plant and Gift Shop and Tea Room that will help all visitors to the Gardens, to leave having enjoyed a positive experience. I would encourage anyone to attend a Dementia Friend training session, a little understanding can make a big difference.”

Jayne Alcock, Grounds and Gardens Supervisor said, “This is an important initiative in raising awareness about the difficult subject of dementia. We are keen to ensure that all sections of the community are able to enjoy the Gardens and Kris gave us some useful tips on how to improve the experience and meet the needs of visitors who may be experiencing dementia.”

The Walled Gardens will be holding the sessions on Wednesday 14, 21 and 28 January, for anyone who is interested in finding out more to attend.

Kris Scotting said, “The Dementia Friends staff and volunteer session in Cannington was fantastic and the feedback from participants was really positive. It gives me such satisfaction to speak to people about dementia and how it affects people’s every day lives.”

For more information about the Walled Gardens of Cannington, visit http://www.canningtonwalledgardens.co.uk, call 01278 655042 or email walledgardens@bridgwater.ac.uk.

Notes to editors:

Dementia Friends is an Alzheimer’s Society initiative funded by the Department of Health and the Cabinet Office, as part of the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia.
Dementia Friends and Dementia Friends Champions can sign up through the Dementia Friends website http://www.dementiafriends.org.uk
Dementia Friends is currently England only. However, Alzheimer’s Society is committed to exploring how the Dementia Friends initiative might develop in Wales and Northern Ireland.
Alzheimer’s Society research shows that 800,000 people in the UK have a form of dementia, more than half have Alzheimer’s disease. In less than ten years a million people will be living with dementia. This will soar to 1.7 million people by 2051.
Alzheimer’s Society works in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, championing the rights of people living with dementia and the millions of people who care for them .
You can find out more about Alzheimer’s Society through their website http://www.alzheimers.org.uk
Press Office 08450 744 395 Email: press@alzheimers.org.uk

 

Happy New Year!

I hope that everyone has had a happy and restful break. I certainly did, but have had to cram a couple of weeks work into five days in order to catch up!

Hence the lateness of the greeting.

One of the things that makes Christmas for me is the BBC.

It all starts with the Christmas Radio Times, and then Carols From Kings, The Reith lectures, The Royal Society Christmas Lectures and delightfully this year Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens!

The Reith Lectures by Professor Atul Gawande were a huge pleasure this year and I can highly recommend them.

Click here to go the BBC website to listen to them

The first lecture explores the topic of why doctors fail, and explores the factors which affect medicine, Ignorance (lack of knowledge) and Ineptitude (failure to use existing knowledge).

The second lecture is titled the century of the system,  and interestingly describes some simple systems that care and nursing homes would do well to copy.

Lecture three is about the problem of hubris and looks at the issues of aging and death and how society has a problem recognising the limits of what professionals can do.

The final lecture the idea of wellbeing is for me the highlight, and explores ideas around end of life care and assisted dying.

If nothing else, for me, the whole series re enforces the importance of the fact that people providing care need to care. A simple concept,but one that’s often overlooked.

CQC State of Care report Video!

Sorry for those reading offline, but I will be covering this in print next week.

For now though here’s the video from CQC.

Book Review: Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

I will have to get this one on my Chrsitmas list. Feisty is a word that also bugs me, and seems to have a positive meaning but is used in a negative way. I hope I’m still feisty in my eighties/nineties!

British Geriatrics Society

Shane O’Hanlon is a Consultant Geriatrician (Surgical Liaison and Cancer Care), Royal Berkshire Foundation Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support. 

As a geriatrician who works with surgeons every day, I was intrigued to see what Atul Gawande’s latest book had to say – apparently it was all about what happens in later life. But was it just a misguided attempt by a surgeon to write a book on geriatric medicine?

Gawande has been a general surgeon and a professor at Harvard for over a decade. During that time he began writing for the New Yorker, and is now well known in patient safety circles for his successful books “Complications” and “The Checklist Manifesto”. He is seen as a sensible writer who doesn’t shy away from talking about his own mistakes. This humble approach also pervades “Being Mortal”, which considers how healthcare treats the old and dying, and asks “What really matters…

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