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Care homes that don’t feel like care homes

Posted on Sun 30th Jul, 2017 in: Dementia Friendly Environments, General News, Healthcare Projects

A new era of care homes created to feel like luxury apartments or hotels One concern that many people have when looking for a care home for their loved ones is that they won’t settle, that their new environment will seem alien to them and that it won’t feel like ‘home’. There are a number of new care homes currently being built in the UK. Many of these ...

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Beach in care home helps people with dementia

Posted on Mon 17th Jul, 2017 in: Dementia Friendly Environments

We were interested to read recently about a care home in Burton that is creating tactile environments to help people living with dementia. This even includes creating a beach in the grounds of the home and collecting memorabilia and objects such as old telephone boxes and bus stops. The idea is to help people recall long term happy memories such as family days out at the seaside. The fact that it ...

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2 Million Dementia Friends!

Posted on Fri 30th Jun, 2017 in: Dementia Friendly Environments, Dementia Friendly Products

Dementia Friends, an Alzheimer’s Society initiative, has reached the milestone of creating 2 million Dementia Friends – people who have committed to developing a greater understanding of dementia and some of the ways they can help people living with the condition. Dementia can be a scary thing so by educating people on the disease and equipping them with the skills and understanding t...

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BBC archives helping reminiscence therapy

Posted on Mon 26th Jun, 2017 in: Dementia Friendly Environments, Dementia Friendly Products

  Thought repeats on the telly was a bad thing? Old BBC footage is helping people living with dementia While TV stations often face criticism for showing repeats, there is actually a real value to old shows and documentaries for those living with dementia. It fits in with the theory of reminiscence therapy – stimulating long term memory with material from the past. That is why the BBC...

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New app could revolutionise the design of dementia environments

Posted on Fri 16th Jun, 2017 in: Dementia Friendly Environments, General News

IRIDIS app assesses built environments and recommends improvements An app has been developed by the University of Stirling’s Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC) and construction experts Space Group to assess the suitability of environments for those living with dementia and makes recommendations for improvements. Lesley Palmer, chief architect at the DSDC spoke of the IRIDIS app &l...

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