‘Alice theme’ helps Colten Care raise dementia awareness

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Hat's away: Betty Jenner (left) and Keith Sutton enjoy the Alice in Wonderland party at Colten Care's The Aldbury with Beth Ford, healthcare assistant (second left) and Bianca Turner, activity organiser.
Hat’s away: Betty Jenner (left) and Keith Sutton enjoy the Alice in Wonderland party at Colten Care’s The Aldbury with Beth Ford, healthcare assistant (second left) and Bianca Turner, activity organiser.

More than 60 people attended ‘Dementia Friends’ meetings at Colten Care homes during Dementia Awareness Week.

The South Coast care home operator held the free information sessions across its family of homes in Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire.

The meetings, run by volunteers, were designed to help people in the community raise their awareness and understanding of the condition.

Among other events, The Aldbury, a dedicated dementia care home in Poole, marked the week with a special Alice in Wonderland party.

Team members and residents made hats for the occasion and tucked into themed cakes.

Bianca Turner, Activity Organiser, said: “It’s the 150th anniversary of the publication of Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’.

“We thought we’d celebrate the birthday, and also mark Dementia Awareness Week, by holding a party.

“About 20 residents joined in the celebrations and had a lovely time.”

Elsewhere, the ‘Alice theme’ saw Colten Care working with the Lymington Dementia Action Group to promote a guest viewing and discussion of the film Still Alice in which a linguistics professor learns to live with dementia.

Team members from St Catherines View, a dementia care home in Winchester, also featured in a film produced for Dementia Awareness Week by the West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group. It can be viewed at www.westhampshireccg.nhs.uk.

Other Dementia Awareness Week events involving Colten Care included coffee mornings, wine and cheese evenings, raffles and live music. Many of the events were designed to raise money for charities working in dementia care.

Tim Wookey, Colten Care’s Marketing Director and a Dementia Friends Champion, said: “Our aim has been to support the Alzheimer’s Society and work with our homes’ communities so they can better understand how to help people with dementia. We had events at both our dementia-specific and general care homes in Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire.”

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