The Darlington Dementia CafeNovember 8, 2014
Since opening with a getting-to-know-you party in March 2013, Darlington Dementia Cafe has become a lifeline for those with the degenerative brain condition, as well as their friends, families, carers and supporters.
What Does the Dementia Cafe Do?
The premise of the Cafe is simple. Meeting in Havelock Community Centre, Katherine Street, Darlington, on the second Wednesday of every month (opening hours: 11am-1pm), the cafe provides a warm and friendly environment for users to chat, look at old photos of Darlington, enjoy a cup of tea, or simply air any frustrations in a safe space. As well as offering moral support to dementia sufferers and their carers, the Cafe offers practical help too. The Cafe has been set up as a joint venture between the Alzheimer’s Society and Darlington-based, The Lawns Care Home, and the trained and knowledgeable staff from the Alzheimer’s Society are on-hand to offer advice and help. The Cafe is open to all residents of the borough (as well as other care homes and service providers), and is making a positive difference to the lives of the estimated 1,450 people in Darlington who suffer from this debilitating condition.
Are You Worried About A Loved One?
Perhaps someone in your family -an older aunt, parent, or grandparent has become a cause for concern recently. Remember though that not all memory loss can be attributed to dementia- sometimes it’s just part of the natural ageing process, and not a cause for worry in itself. If you or a loved one are affected, however, and you live in the Darlington area, then the helpful staff from the Alzheimer’s Society can offer you advice and support at the Darlington Dementia Cafe. In this situation, know that your GP is also a vital port of call. The Alzheimer’s Society suggests that the following symptoms are often associated with dementia, and to visit your family doctor if some or all of them are present:
When/if dementia is diagnosed, the Alzheimer’s Society encourages sufferers and their families in Darlington and other parts of the UK to tap into its services. With the right care and support, dementia sufferers can live well (and independently) in the community for extended periods.
Appropriate Design and Furnishings for Dementia Care
While initiatives such as the Darlington Dementia Cafe make a massively positive impact on sufferers’ and carers’ lives out in the community, when it comes to residential care for dementia sufferers, extra thought has to be given to decoration, soft furnishings and lighting for day-to-day living. This is where Nichol and Hill can help. Working with hospitals, clinics, residential care homes and nurseries for over 25 years, Nichol and Hill have the expertise and sensitivity to service users’ needs that’s necessary for truly excellent care. From blinds to towels, bedding, and table linen, all of Nichol and Hill’s products are custom made in house and to measure. Please contact us today for more information.
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