Spreading the word on dementia
Residents and staff at Metlifecare’s Crestwood village recently participated in a range of activities for Dementia Awareness Month, with the aim of raising awareness and highlighting issues faced by people living with dementia.
One of the initiatives involved helping residents to become “Dementia Friends”, where people took part in a Dementia NZ online training module to better understand how the condition can impact a person and those around them.
Dementia affects so many older people – either personally or through loved ones and friends. Living in an environment like we do the impact is even greater,” says Village Manager Helena Pearson.
All staff and residents were challenged to become Dementia Friends during the month, and many residents completed the training. They took part in a survey to gauge their understanding of dementia, and all names were put into a draw to win a gift basket full of brain fitness activities.
Other staff and resident-led activities were also coordinated, including memory related activities to encourage residents to share stories and memories, weekly quiz and trivia days, volunteering time with care home residents, and making dementia sensory cushions.
It’s my hope that we are improving acceptance and support for those suffering,” says Helena.