In the UK there are currently 800,000 people living with dementia, and that number is set to rise to over a million by 2021. Only one third of the people suffering from dementia live in a care home. The level of care, support and understanding the other two thirds receive will vary widely. For this reason, Orbit Heart of England held an event at Briar Croft in Stratford-upon-Avon during Dementia Awareness Week to provide more information regarding the support options available for people who may be struggling with dementia.
The vintage afternoon tea and tiffin event brought together over 40 Orbit customers, local residents and staff members from Orbit Heart of England and Orbit Independent Living. The event had a 1940’s theme and local music group, Musical Memories, donated their time to entertain the crowd with a range of old time songs that encouraged everyone to sing along. Local tea room, Four Teas, provided vintage crockery and props for make the afternoon even more authentic. A great time was had by all the participants!
A Dementia Support Worker from the Alzheimer’s Society, Louise Gillard-Owen, who is funded by Orbit and Stratford Town Trust, also attended to provide valuable information and advice about dementia. She shared tips on how to define dementia and what it is and isn’t, how to spot it and how to treat and support those managing the disease.
Briar Croft is Orbit Heart of England's first Extra Care scheme consisting of 64 flats, designed to promote independent living. The team at Briar Croft is working towards becoming a dementia friendly environment, with all staff at the scheme becoming Dementia Friends. Brair Croft also offers the latest in warden call technology, allowing customers to remain independent in their own homes with the help of a range of assistive devices.
Jean Williams, a customer who lives at Briar Court, says; “My husband, daughter and I really enjoyed the afternoon tea and entertainment. We had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon and would like to see more events like this!”
Emma Williams, Extra Care Support Provision Manager at Briar Croft, says; “We’re really pleased that customers enjoyed the event. It’s important to raise awareness of what dementia is and how people can effectively support people who are living with the condition, especially as the number of people living with dementia will continue to increase.”
For more information about dementia, please contact the Alzheimer’s Society by visiting www.alzheimers.org.uk, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01543 255 955. You can also obtain a free Dementia Friends information pack by contacting Dementia Friends at www.dementiafriends.org.uk.