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Dementia Blogs

Leading up to this years dementia awareness week, and through the week we will be encouraging people living and working with dementia to send in short blogs about their experiences.

If you would like to know more please contact tracey.schneider@kent.gov.uk

 

Existing Blogs

Lorraines Blog

Today I am learning how to use Twitter. Whilst dementia may have some of my memory it does not have my ability to learn new skills. But I have to do that differently. Once upon a time I would have listened, taken it in and then walked away and remembered what I was being told. Not now but I have developed strategies and here are my top tips on how. I write in my trusted notebook step by step. I use symbols and highlighters and write in a way that makes sense to me, it may not make sense to anyone else but that doesn't matter.

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Jane Page - Medway DAA - Blog

Most people think of forgetfulness and confusion when they think about dementia but not many consider other challenges such as loneliness, isolation and lack of stimulation. Making sure there is activity in a person with dementia’s life can help them to feel stimulated, connected and engaged, productive and purposeful. Whose responsibility is activity for a person with dementia?

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Brightshadow - Blog

Sometimes I walk into situations where care is being provided, in family homes and care settings and I wonder, who needs to be cared for here? The obvious answer is the person with dementia who is experiencing multiple symptoms which are increasing anxiety and isolation and causing physical impairments. But what about their carer who is experiencing loss, sleep depravation and relationship breakdown? What about the member of care staff who feels under pressure and under-equipped to manage the emotionally and physically complex needs of the people they care?

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Kissing it Better Blog

Kissing it Better is a small registered charity (no.1148795), set up by Jill Fraser, working to enhance and improve patient experience in healthcare settings. We are a ‘one stop shop’ for sharing and implementing simple, imaginative, yet easily achievable ideas that can make the world of difference to patients, residents and those who care for them. We are currently working in 40 hospitals across 13 NHS Trusts and 19 care homes in the UK. A good example that sums up our work can be seen in the BBC Breakfast time’s report of a project running at the Lister Hospital: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-20807641

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Activities to Share Blog

Time is a valuable resource and making a genuine connection with people with a dementia takes time and thought. In our busy lives we seem to be constantly short of time and our engagement with those around us is often rushed and task orientated. We are good at ‘getting things done’ or sorting out practical issues but what people with dementia want most is quality time and a connection that is appropriate for them as an individual and as focused as possible to their needs and likes. This approach is often described as ’person-centred care’ but whatever the label we need to think about how we can practically make this happen.

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