September 21 2018
A local lady has won a competition to name a brand new care home in Sidcup.
August 25 2017
In anticipation of the extended weekend, Care UK’s dementia expert, Debra Fox, wants people to think about how they can make their holiday fun more multi-generational.
She explained: “Sadly, when you talk to older people, it is not uncommon to often hear how they feel they have of less and less relevance to those around them. They feel as if they are the cared for, and not the ones who can contribute to the family experience.
“In reality, they have a wealth of knowledge and experience that makes them a treasure trove for younger generation and the holiday season gives lots of fun opportunities for our youngsters to benefit from their grandparents’ history and for our grandparents to feel positive, valued and useful.”
Museums that have a focus on social history are an excellent way for older people to share their experiences with children and a great way for them to learn about the past and their family, as well as seeing their grandparents in a new light.
Agricultural museums and working museums show the types of tools and activities grandparents may have seen their parents using in their working life. Many museums have collections of domestic items: people particularly enjoy seeing the things they had in their homes and it gives them a sense of wellbeing, as well as a chance to share stories from their childhood.
Debra said: “Children will be amazed at the idea of wash days that took all day and involved heating a large copper pot, then using a washing dolly and wash board. I love to see how people living with dementia become animated as they recall such memories – and the look of incredulity on the face of young people who are used to throwing everything in a washing machine and tumble drier.”
Nature too has many beneficial effects for the whole the family, with many studies showing benefits to children’s self-esteem as well as increased health and wellbeing benefits to young and old alike.
Debra added: “Dementia often affects a person’s sense of time. Getting out and about helps them get a sense of the season as well as a time of day from what is happening around them. Walking with pet dogs can bring back happy memories of their own pets and, as we know from our own homes, seeing children laugh and play is always a tonic.”
Care UK, which runs 114 care homes, has produced a guidebook, written by its experienced activities coordinators, on how to plan days out. Download a free copy here.
Debra added: “Remember to plan and then just have fun. Keep talking, sharing and taking lots of photographs of your days out to create new family memories for everyone.”
Debra also recommends looking for local museums that focus on homely exhibits of things that would have been familiar to people in the middle of the last century.
September 19 2018
Milner House is inviting the local community to celebrate its refurbishment with an exclusive first look inside the purpose-built facilities.
September 10 2018
NHS patients have been able to choose where to receive NHS treatment since 2006, yet many of us still do not realise that Patient Choice is our right. If you are in a position where you or a loved oneneed to choose where to receive treatment, read our insider tips on how to make an informed decision.