St Ives House takes part in European research project

31st October 2019

Residents at St Ives House care home are taking part in a research project that aims to find ways of improving the lives of people living with dementia and support social inclusion.

As part of the Story2Remember project, research assistants from Bournemouth University’s Ageing and Dementia Research Centre are carrying out workshops at the home.

The workshops are being led by Danielle Wyman and Irma Konovalova, from the university, and include engaging activities that help with physical health and movement, as well as storytelling and drama activities that help bring out fond memories in residents who are affected by dementia.

One of the sessions at St Ives House saw the residents playing balloon games that got everyone involved. Residents also used items to help express thoughts and feelings, and used images to prompt happy memories, help tell stories and create poems.

 

“Laughing and smiling”

 

Neil Dominy, St Ives House Home Manager, said: “It was great to see everyone laughing and smiling during the workshop. All the residents who took part where able to get involved and had a great time.”

Irma Konovalova, from the university, added: “It has been such a pleasure to deliver these workshops and see how much people are enjoying being part of it. Most residents would start of feeling apprehensive, but at the end of each workshop, once they have created a poem or a story, they all seem to have a sense of pride and joy.

“The workshops are bringing people together from different backgrounds and who are at different stages of their journey. Everyone seems to enjoy the activities and create new relationships.”

A European research team including other researchers and dementia health care professionals from Greece, Romania, Ireland and Bulgaria are carrying out the research It is being funded by Erasmus+, part of the European Union.

The workshops, which began in October and will continue through November, were developed by the project’s Irish partners and form the pilot stage of the project that should ultimately result in a training program that can be used by health and social care professionals.