Welcome to Dementia Friendly Kent

Dementia Friendly Kent

Did you know your Internet Explorer is out of date?

To get the best possible experience using our website we recommend that you upgrade to a newer version or other web browser. A list of the most popular web browsers can be found below.

Just click on the icons to get to the download page

If you understand that your browser is inadequate but you still wish to view the site click here

iPad Project

Background

In 2013 Kimberley Care Residential Home, a specialist care home for residents living with dementia, started a conversation about how new technology – iPads – could be integrated into a care environment.

They approached a partner school, Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys, to invite their students from the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme to get involved.

From there followed some behind the scenes organisation between the care home and the DofE coordinator at the school. Next a dementia awareness session for students was held one lunchtime, by Rock Sturt previously of Alzheimer’s Dementia Support Services, to gauge the students’  interest in the project. At this lunchtime session were Lorraine and Raisa from East Kent Independent Dementia Support and contributors to the Dementia Diaries, who were able to talk about their personal experiences of living with family members with dementia.

Students were invited to discuss what dementia is, what the symptoms are and how it makes you feel, then invited to contribute ideas for the project and sign up to participate.

What happened next

Students were able to volunteer at the residential home for an hour a week after school, spending time with the residents using the iPads as tools for conversation and real time reminiscence.

The following benefits have been seen from the project:

Residents able to establish or maintain contact with the outside community, family and friends via the students and also the equipment;

Residential home able to provide a wider range of activities using the new equipment;

Positive impact on the wellbeing and quality of life of residents and staff when the students are in the home;

Students have the opportunity to enrich the lives of older people in their community;

Students have volunteer and work experience in a care home environment which will support future employment applications and potential employees;

Student has a greater understanding of dementia which can be passed through their family, friendship and community networks.

Kevin Post recently discussed the impact of the project on residents at the home: “combining forces between us, a medium sized care home, and the students on the Duke of Edinburgh scheme, well, everyone is a winner.”

Contact details

Kevin Post, Director, Kimberley Care Residential Home

enquiries@kimberley-care.com or www.kimberley-care.com 

For the websites links for all intergenerational project partners and information about services and support please browse the Links page.