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Hydrotherapy Health & Wellbeing Programme

A summary of your project/activity

To provide a sustainable health & wellbeing programme for people with dementia and their family or carers provide progressive evidence based exercise programme of strength, balance, flexibility and endurance to reduce risk falls, promote healthy living and help to reduce risk of avoidable health care costs provide social support opportunities at Burrswood promoting full access for leisure activities in grounds Promote dementia awareness and work in conjunction with Kent DAA & DFCs

 

Please outline the aims of your project/activity, the approach you will take and why you think it will help us to meet our strategic outcomes and priorities

The purpose of this application is to provide start fund  for a pilot 3 month hydrotherapy Health and Wellbeing as social group for people with dementia and their carers or family. Hydrotherapy refers to exercising in a thermal controlled pool, using hydrostatic and bouncy principles, which are carried out by a qualified professional. Such exercises are used to help with various conditions because they help to improve range of motion, strength and function along with easing pain. Group exercise addresses issues such as loneliness and isolation theme and help to reduce some of the risk of behaviour deterioration that sometimes arises from isolation rather than trying to fix something after it’s already an issue. ‘A key factor to Living Well with Dementia is being able to maintain existing lifestyle and promote health and wellbeing. It’s been well documented that some people with dementia start to withdraw from their community, which may leave themselves or family carers Isolated or lonely. It’s understood that where people can remain part of a community and continue activities, pastimes and hobbies, that this can result in less stress, anxiety and frustration for both the person with a diagnosis and their family.’ Voluntary and community sector organisations are key partners in the development of strategic plan. As a service provider we provide integrated solutions for implementation of local dementia strategies. Thisprogramme seeks to support Living Well with Dementia by maintaining existing lifestyle and promoting health and wellbeing. Group activities with social networking opportunities with in a ‘normal’ environment supports individuals, carers and their families to avoid risksassociated with loneliness and isolation.

 

Please give details of how you will manage your project/activity

The Project will be managed by Home Instead Senior Care and Burrswood to develop the programme, train staff, review environment to create a more dementia friendly environment. Home Instead, Burrswood and the ForgetMeNot Cafes will work together to promote to and engage people living with dementia and their carers to participate in the programme. There will be no direct employees of the project, staff from Home Instead and Burrswood will be allocated to give their time to the project. People living with dementia and their carers will be consulted to review
the planned Health & Wellbeing Programme prior to its delivery. Volunteers will be sought from the Burrswood, Home Instead, West Kent DAA and ForgetMeNot Cafes communities. Volunteers living with dementia and those directly affected by living with dementia (family, friends, neighbours) will be actively encouraged. We believe a small management team accessing and utilising professional staff and a wider network of supporters is an effective and cost efficient way to provide a sustainable