Home Meadow Residential Care Home in Toft is launching a new initiative in its range of projects to help residents living with dementia.
On Friday 24th June, Home Meadow, in conjunction with the Care Network, is launching ‘A Walk to Remember’. The walk will take place every other Friday and will start at Toft’s village hall. The gentle mile-long circuit takes in the village sights and provides an opportunity for people living with dementia to get active and meet new people. Carers, friends, family members and local people are also invited, allowing all of those involved in supporting residents the chance to enjoy time together within the community.
The ‘Walk to Remember’ is just one part of a raft of initiatives led by the team at Home Meadow, which aims to provide hands-on support to both those living with dementia and for those who care for people with the condition in and around the local rural communities.
Activities Coordinator for Home Meadow, Joe Ballard, runs a ‘Community Dementia Awareness Support Group’ on the last Wednesday of every month, at which guests can hear from expert speakers and take part in workshops. The home also works with students from Comberton Village College Sixth Form in the ‘All About Me’ project in which students create pictorial representations of the lives of the residents after interviewing them to capture poignant moments.
Home Meadow and the Care Network are working together in this latest project, with the shared aim of providing help and support for those living with dementia and their wider support groups. The Care Network provides a range of services and hosts events to enable vulnerable people living in Cambridgeshire to remain independent and maintain social contact with friends and the community.
The Walk to Remember sessions are open to those living within the care home setting, as well as those living at home and receiving care from a loved one. Activities such as these enable those living with dementia to socialise with new people and provide a chance for those providing care to talk with those sharing the same experience.
Joe Ballard says: “At Home Meadow we host a number of events every month that are first and foremost designed with the wellbeing of our residents in mind. We’re pleased to be able to extend these to the wider community and look forward to meeting new people at the new Walk to Remember events, as well as at our support group meetings on the last Wednesday of every month. We’re becoming widely known for our dementia care expertise as a result of our group activities. If anyone would like more details, do please give us a call.”