Berkeley Court care home in Leeds is making steps towards educating the local community about the challenges of living with dementia by hosting a monthly Dementia Café in the Harehills based home.
The Ideal Care Home, which offers a home for 78 people – including 36 people living with dementia, is the first care home in Leeds to offer a dementia support group for both relatives and friends of its residents and people living in the local community
Held on the fourth Thursday of each month, the Dementia Café follows guidelines in the ‘Living well with dementia – a National Dementia Strategy’ where it aims to promote a better awareness and understanding of dementia.
Attendees can get advice and support from carers at Berkeley Court in a relaxed setting where informal chats about the best practice for dementia are offered.
Varying styles of cuisines are on offer at the cafés – past cafés have served up Mexican and Spanish food with themed décor and menus making the café an enjoyable experience with more serious undertones.
The care home will tour its Dementia Café as part of the Leeds Care Association Dementia Roadshow at Hillside, Beeston on Thursday 16th June from 14:30-15:30 during national Carers Week.
Members of the community are invited to drop by the day-long event in association with Leeds City Council and NHS Leeds from 10:00-16:00.
Stalls at the event include other specialists in the field of dementia including the Alzheimer’s Society and Stirling University.
Berkeley Court is one of 20 homes operated by Ideal Care Homes that are transforming dementia services by providing high quality individualised care for people living with dementia in purpose built environments which promote their independence.
The home, which is situated behind Morrison’s supermarket on Chatsworth Road – off the B6159, boasts 100% en-suite accommodation, landscaped sensory gardens and a hairdressing salon, with extensive views of the city’s landscape.
It was built by sister company LNT Construction, both part of the Leeds-based LNT Group owned by leading care expert Mr Lawrence Tomlinson.