Living well with dementia in Maidstone
To deliver Bright Shadow’s ‘Out of the Box’ training sessions for people providing care and support, to people living with dementia (PWD), now or in the future in a creative and innovative way. The increase in awareness of dementia has meant many community groups and organisations are keen to provide activities for PWD but do not have the confidence. Those providing care for PWD often struggle to provide meaningful activities for people living with dementia and this training will address this for the residents of Maidstone.
- Impart knowledge and understanding of how creativity enables excellent dementia care
- Gain new ideas for creative activities that can be used in isolation or as part of a themed activity session
- Learn practical skills in facilitation and communication
- 32 people trained at dairy Court Maidstone across 2 days (photos attached)
- Delegates came from a wide range of organisations including Care settings, day services, faith organisations hospice’s and creative organisations
- Overall everyone reported a very positive response to the training (see attached Bright Shadow)
- Follow up questions were sent to ask how this was going to impact their practice and the wider community 8 responses received.
- The average number that people have quantified that this training will reach is 57. If we multiple that by the total delegates then we could assume this could reach over 1,800 people.
- It is worth noting that the delegates weren’t all from Maidstone Borough.
|This training taught me…….?||The importance of engagement; multiple levels of access; continuity is important for people living with dementia and staff; re-enforced my ideas about using story, narrative and keeping an idea ‘together; the relationship and significance of ‘care and creativity’.|
|Following this training I am going to……?||Develop an idea that I have been thinking about for a while. As an artist and maker I would like to use my work with puppets and story making( I am not a puppeteer). Last summer I took part in an intensive course using puppets in therapy and I would like to use my puppets ‘one to one’, to explore stories, communication and movement.I am going to talk to ‘Involve’ at Marsham Street, Maidstone, about developing my ideas, but if you have any suggestions about my ideas or people that might be interested please pass my details on. I am concerned about sustainability, so developing my idea over a long period, I am also interested in applying for research and development funding if you know of bodies I could apply to.|
|This will benefit my community by …….?||Watching and working alongside an artist at work; creating a sense of occasion; opportunities for expression, collaboration and alternative ways of communicating; building new relationships; a sense of purpose; working in the present moment, not only in the past; process led work that is not overly concerned with outcome.|
|How many people affected by dementia do you estimate it will impact on?||Unsure at the moment, sorry that’s a very unhelpful answer.|
|Your Organisation||Involve Kent|
|This training taught me…….?||How to creatively engage different senses and the importance of story telling to ensure activities have a purpose/ feel more sincere.|
|Following this training I am going to……?||Implement some of these techniques with a wellbeing class I am running at the end of April as well as future sessions with older people and volunteers. I will also discuss this course with colleagues so that they can share principles and ideas in their own classes, especially exercise classes.|
|This will benefit my community by …….?||Adding a bit more fun and variety into activities so that people can engage in different ways.|
|How many people affected by dementia do you estimate it will impact on?||20|
|Your Organisation||Alzheimer’s Society|
|This training taught me…….?||Person-centred care – Kitwood’s flower. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.Performance themed activities ie. Summer holiday, dessert Island with music and props.Facilitating and planning themed activities.
Using objects creatively ie. Tumble dryer hose for Chinese Dragon, lycra for sea.
|Following this training I am going to……?||Create my own themed activity with welcome question, warm-up, songs, three activities, and warm-down.Create a story around a pictureMake a Chinese dragon
|This will benefit my community by …….?||Enabling people to try something newLiving in the momentEngaging multiple senses
Learning different ways of communication
Opportunity for self-expression
|How many people affected by dementia do you estimate it will impact on?||9|
|Your Organisation||Age UK Maidstone|
|This training taught me…….?||Some different ways to facilitate meaningful daily activities. Making each activity person centre and fun.|
|Following this training I am going to……?|| Incorporate the ideas into the Goodman Centre 6 week activity rota. Especially the dessert island experience.Share everything with the new Goodman Team to help deliver a better service.
|This will benefit my community by …….?||Supporting clients who still live at home.|
|How many people affected by dementia do you estimate it will impact on?||50 Goodman Centre clients plus the Dementia OutreachService.|
|Your Organisation||Crossroads Kent|
|This training taught me…….?||That a number of activities fit well into a themed session|
|Following this training I am going to……?||Find a picture like the one on the day and write questions, as we are doing some activity training and your idea was inspirational with the picture and to use this at Cogs and one to one|
|This will benefit my community by …….?||That people will be engaged in a purpose full activity that can be be conversational and draw on memories|
|How many people affected by dementia do you estimate it will impact on?||Over 30 as we have 30 people at the clubs without those supported in the community|
|Your Organisation||Rochester Literature Festival|
|This training taught me…….?||How more types of activity can be incorporated to make a session more fun.|
|Following this training I am going to……?||Use it to design future sessions that bring together the best ideas, both tried and tested, and to experiment with different ones.|
|This will benefit my community by …….?||Giving them a whole new dimension to express themselves, and bring together different generations to share stories together.|
|How many people affected by dementia do you estimate it will impact on?||I would think a decent series of sessions could potentially reach 100 people, if we work with local groups and organisations who support those living with dementia, and bring in other demographics to forge a connection with each other.|
|Your Organisation||Thursday Fellowship and Anna Friend/Chaplaincy|
|This training taught me…….?||The training taught me to be creative and as it said to think ‘Out of the Box’ to try different ways of engaging in ideas and themes and especially with music and stories.|
|Following this training I am going to……?||To implement the ideas. The use of pictures to stimulate talking and story and also brainstorm a ‘theme’ in a creative way which we found on the training that we found many differing ways which was good. I am also looking into the ‘music box’|
|This will benefit my community by …….?||The Thursday Fellowship group which meet at our church each week has a mixture of those in the early stages of dementia and also those who are not affected but also enjoy doing creative activities. We are also starting up a Dementia Cafe in Dartford and these activities will be helpful in providing creative and stimulating activities for those who attend.|
|How many people affected by dementia do you estimate it will impact on?||Our group about 10/12 and at the cafe we are not sure as we are in the early stages|