For Dementia Awareness Week 2017, Hicare Homes, Leicester hosted a variety of activities with the aims to inform the local community about dementia and how people can live well with dementia. Dementia Awareness Week is a national event which seeks to raise understanding of dementia across the country. Dementia awareness is always encouraged at Hicare. Their homes have dementia friendly environments and many features throughout the homes to help residents with dementia feel safe, secure and happy; assisting in day to day activities like navigation, simulating conversation and promoting individuality.
Hicare Homes had open days on 18th May and 23rd May at Spencefield Grange and Meadow’s Court respectively.
Meadow’s Court chose to broadcast the “Best of British” as their chosen theme and activities were all based around this to spark conversation between residents and to encourage reminiscence. Such as:
· Best of British quizzes
· Royal Family Tree game
· Tea and Scones with fresh cream and jam
Spencefield Grange hosted a 1960’s themed open day. Staff were dressed up in bright clothing whilst residents took part in games and activities.
· A live performance of 60’s music.
· Conversation cards showing scenes and images from the 1960’s.
· Arts and Crafts
At both open days, Hicare held Dementia Cafés hosted by their very own Dementia Champion, Manisha Zala. As part of this staff performed a short play depicting someone with dementia with their family and the struggles they can encounter and how to overcome these. These sessions provide visitors with information about dementia and how to encourage & support people living with the condition. It also allowed attendees to become Dementia Friends at the end of the session. Operation’s Manager, Manisha Zala, said “Having been in care for over 15 years, dementia is a cause that is very close to my heart, having seen firsthand the affects it can have on our residents and the general community. I am very proud of all our staff for putting on these fantastic events. Hopefully with more events like this one, we can improve the lives of all people affected by dementia in our local community.”