Dementia Action Week round-up: managing symptoms of dementia with regular stimulating activities

Care South is proud to say that 94% of our employees across all departments have completed dementia awareness training. Supporting our residents with dementia in every way we can, we continue to develop and update our dementia strategy.

Using regular reminiscence activities, that are interesting and stimulating, can help manage behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.

Extending Dementia Action Week (17-23 May) to the entire month of May, here’s a round-up of what some our care homes got up to!

The team at Maiden Castle House helped resident David reignite his passion for photography, bringing back lots of memories. A professional camera was brought in for David to use and quickly saw him photographing flowers from the home’s gardens like the natural photographer he is. You can read David’s full story here.

Fern Brook Lodge held a Time for a Cuppa fundraiser raising a fantastic £85 for Dementia UK – well done! A delicious cake stand was put together by the home’s chef and from cakes that had been donated to the cause. They also held a ‘Guess Who’ competition where staff brought in two photos, one from when they were young and the second a current photo, everyone who entered the competition had to pair up the photos. A relay race was also held with residents who had to hand over a tea tray instead of a baton, which was great fun! The team at Fern Brook Lodge also regularly encourage the residents to look back at their photos and share their memories with fellow residents.

A particular Daily Sparkle group activity saw the residents at Queensmead put their geography knowledge to the test and stimulate their minds. Their goal was to match famous English landmarks with the counties they reside in. Residents also reminisced about work where it was discovered just how many different professions the Queensmead residents were experts in, including working in the coal mines, dressmakers, a chef, a pilot in the Royal Air Force, a racehorse trainer, a clerk for the BBC… the list goes on!

Wickmeads utilises Disney as a form of reminiscence for those living with dementia and have found it to be very effective. The mere mention of Disney characters sparks memories and smiles, transporting the residents to a familiar place and time. You can read the magical story in full here.

Marking Dementia Action Week in style, Sussexdown residents got involved in a variety of additional activities including colour therapy, making forget-me-nots, hosting cake sales, dancing and so much more, which can all be seen here.

Our passionate and skilled team work with residents, families and health and social care professionals to develop tailored plans that are filled with food, fun and friendship, encouraging residents to live full and happy lives with us. The activities mentioned in these stories are just a tiny snippet of what our residents and homes get up to, you can stay up to date with the latest news here.

Care South is a leading provider in residential and dementia care. To find out more about our homes please contact us.