Dementia care in Hereford
There are now nearly 850,000 people living with a diagnosis of dementia in the UK. Fortunately, in many cases, people with a diagnosis of dementia can find support that enables them to live in their own home and keep doing the things they enjoy.
Very often, family members or friends take on an important care responsibility and look after their loved-one on a day to day basis. We want to help you and your loved one make the most out of life with a diagnosis of dementia and keep living as active and dynamic a life as possible.
What is dementia?
In contrast to popular belief, dementia is not a disease in itself. It is an umbrella term that is used to describe a range of conditions that affect the brain and which make brain cells stop working properly.
There are several types of dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common, and some people may have a combination of different types of dementia. This is often called ‘mixed dementia.’ Dementia never develops in the same way and each individual experiences it differently.
Alzheimer’s research UK offers more information on the different types of dementia:
Dementia with Lewy bodies
Mild cognitive impairment
Posterior cortical atrophy (PCA), also known as Benson’s syndrome
Primary progressive aphasia
We are dementia specialists
Many of our clients suffer from one or multiple forms of dementia, and all our staff are trained to support with all varieties of dementia. Our approach is always to encourage people to stay as active independent as possible, and we will support people in ways that enable them to keep living their life as they want it.
It is well-known that people who suffer from dementia can benefit enormously from music. Which is why we have recently introduced ‘Music Memories’, a basic form of music therapy in which we listen to music, sing, and play instruments as a way to awaken happy memories.
One needs to see the impact of music to believe it, really. There are cases known of people with severe dementia, who are unable to speak or communicate, were suddenly able to sing along to the music of their younger years. It is absolutely incredible. Take the example of Harry:
We are dementia-active!
We try hard to make a positive difference to people living with dementia, and we have partnered up with other organisations, charities and services in the community. Together, we organise events, give talks, and get out in the community to reach people and discuss how we can all together make life for those living with dementia a bit easier.
We fervently support the Alzheimer’s Foundation’s mission to make the world a dementia-friendly place, and we aim to have a positive impact in our own community. Several of our staff are Dementia Friends Champions, a network of over 10,500 trained volunteers who go out of their way to support the work of the Alzheimer’s Foundation.
As Dementia Friends Champions, we organise Friends Information Sessions, which include talks by experts in the field, exercises and games, and are a great opportunity to meet with people who work with or suffer from dementia. Are you interested in becoming a Dementia Friends Champion yourself? Join us and support the Alzheimer’s Society in making our communities dementia friendly!
Dementia Friendly Projects in Herefordshire
Staying active and engaged with the community can slow the progression of dementia. There are a number of local initiatives in Herefordshire, Wocestershire, Gloucestershire, Powys and South Wales that aim to bring people who are diagnosed with dementia, their family and friends, and local professionals together. An important aspect of our community work involves actively engaging with these initiatives and keeping our clients updated on opportunities & developments. Keep an eye on our Blog - we regularly share relevant updates!
The Leominster Meeting Centre run regular activities for people with dementia and their carers.