This week is Dementia Awareness Week, the Alzheimer’s Society’s annual awareness-raising campaign.
At Birch Green we are marking the week – and the recent Dying Matters Awareness Week, a national campaign to encourage people to talk openly about dying, death and bereavement – with a number of activities.
We have been celebrating life and the importance of putting people first and not the difficulties they may experience.
The Alzheimer’s Society tells us that there are 800,000 people with dementia in the UK, set to rise to one million by 2021.
Birch Green and its residents and staff have so much to celebrate, and we have been focussing on remembering and enjoying life, whilst advance care planning for what we want to do until the end of life.
Our brand new ‘Namaste Room,’ is now open, designed specifically to care for those with severe dementia.
The Namaste concept is a Hindu term meaning ‘to honour the spirit within’ and looks to remove the isolation surrounding residents who have reached an advanced stage of the condition.
The room has been decorated to bring residents a sense of calm, and somewhere to feel soothed and comfortable with specialist care from staff who have been trained in this highly specialist field.
This special place will be a valuable addition to the care home and is already being used with good positive outcomes. Pictured is Liz Johnson, dementia champion.
Meanwhile, we celebrated the first anniversary of the special Rose Garden of Remembrance, first opened during last year’s Dying Matters Awareness Week, and the achievement of the Gold Standard Framework for End of Life Care.
The garden (pictured) was established to provide a comforting area for people to use to remember their loved ones.