Orchard Care Homes help local children “make sense” of dementia

Making Sense is the first stage of a ground-breaking new approach to dementia by Orchard Care Homes

As part of Dementia Action Week, care provider Orchard Care Homes has announced its plan to launch a new children’s activity book, designed to develop understanding and remove some of the common stigmas associated with the condition.

The new book will be available in Orchard Care Homes and also supplied to local schools in South Yorkshire in an attempt to increase awareness of dementia amongst young people.

“Making Sense” features fun traditional games such as mazes, spot the difference, optical illusions, memory tests, word searches and much more. Every activity is linked to the challenges somebody with dementia may face, with many pages asking children to question what they could do to help.

By taking part in these activities, children will better understand the difficulties of having dementia as well as empathise and bond with family members who have the condition.

There are currently over 850,000 people with dementia in the UK. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, affecting 62 per cent of those diagnosed. Run annually by the Alzheimer’s Society, the campaign aims to unite people, workplaces, schools and communities to act and improve the lives of people living with dementia.

Lorraine Lee, executive director for Quality and Governance at Orchard Care Homes, said: “Dementia can cause people to forget names and faces, not recognise where they are and become frustrated with those around them. This is not only upsetting for people with the condition but for families too, including children who often do not fully understand what is happening or how to feel.

“It is important children appreciate dementia is not easy to live with, but also that they should not be afraid if someone they love has developed it. ‘Making Sense’ puts children in the shoes of somebody with dementia so they can better understand the condition and feel more confident in maintaining close bonds with their family members.”

Orchard Care Homes are situated all over the UK, many of which feature specialist dementia care units, including at Doncaster, Rotherham, Sheffield, Barnsley, Chesterfield and Bolsover.

“Making Sense” is the first stage of a ground-breaking new approach to dementia by Orchard Care Homes. Created by leading sector professionals following three years of research and development, residents will be provided personlised care and encouraged to challenge themselves whilst living in familiar surroundings. This innovative programme is due to launch later in 2019 and  promises to connect residents and families to share a better quality of life.

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