Residents and staff at St Ives House care home have been doing their bit for charity, despite many fundraisers being cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19.
While the weather was still good, they put on their trainers and held their very own Memory Walk for the Alzheimer’s Society, albeit with in the grounds of the residential and dementia care home near Ringwood.
It was a great chance for both residents and staff to get some fresh air, exercise and raise money to help in the fight against the various types of dementia.
According to the Alzheimer’s Society, one in 14 people aged over 65 are living with dementia and the likelihood of developing it increases significantly with age. There are more than 42,000 people in the UK under 65 with dementia.
St Ives House has been designed to promote engagement and independence for people living with dementia, with features such as memory boxes and stimulating imagery to help residents to find their way around. We promote residents wandering with a purpose through feature walls and the location of communal areas.
Dementia can affect a person’s sense of identity, so we also actively encourage reminiscing about positive memories through a range of person-centred activities. We work with specialist groups who support group activities and stimulate conversations. We are also partnered with The Daily Sparkle, a newspaper and app, which helps staff get to know and understand the people they care for.