Creative approaches to Dementia Care at Stocks St Helens

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DSCF8390 DSCF8342 DSCF8356 DSCF8365Providing reminiscence activities and evoking special memories is vitally important to those living at Stocks Hall Nursing & Care in St Helens.

 

Staff from the Group came up with the innovative idea to hold a special mock Christening for people living at the home on Tuesday 19th August 2014. 

 

It was a time to come together with family and friends and share an intimate celebration of life. 

 

People living at home, family, friends and staff members all dressed up for the occasion, some wearing their best hats!

 

Using dolls to illustrate little children, roles on the day included Spiritual Advisor, Mums, Dads, Godparents and Family Friends.  It was fantastic to see everyone taking a role and feeling part of the day.

 

‘Spiritual Advisor’ (and staff member), Laraine, baptised the babies with water and said a blessing.  There was then opportunities to have photos, hold the babies and touch and feel the christening gowns.  Christening gowns often become treasured keepsakes that are used by many other children in the family and handed down from generation to generation, and became a great talking point amongst the group.

 

A buffet lunch was served for everyone to enjoy and it was wonderful to see everyone coming together and sharing fond memories.  A beautiful christening cake was also put on display for all to enjoy.

 

Research suggests reminiscence therapy and life story work can improve the mood and well-being of those with dementia.  Julie Gaskell, Manager said “events such as this, makes a lasting difference for the people living with us.  The importance of reminiscing not only helps to engage someone’s long term memory, it helps to engage an entire family by sharing something as simple as a great story”.

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