Community invited to visit new state-of-the-art residential and dementia care home in Bournemouth

Dorset residents are being encouraged to take a look around a new purpose-built 80-bed care home which opened in Bournemouth last month.

Great Oaks residential, nursing and dementia care home, based in Poole Lane, is managed by Encore Care Homes. It opened on Tuesday June 26 following a successful Quality Care Commission (CQC) inspection.

Ian MacDonald, care home manager, will be on-hand to talk to visitors at an open day being held on Thursday July 20 from 10am to 2pm. People will be able to meet the care home team including nurses and carers, and take a tour around the facilities of the building, which is set among a private woodland setting.

Dementia is a killer –  but many people don’t know it is fatal  

Dr Emer MacSweeney

New survey reveals:

• Almost half of Britons don’t realise dementia is a fatal disease

• British adults are more concerned about having Alzheimer’s or developing dementia (38%) than cancer or heart disease combined (31%)

• 87% believe early detection of dementia can make a difference to their future health BUT awareness of symptoms is severely lacking so people are in the dark on what to look for


Bring back pick-your-own memories

Strawberry picking

A trip to Halberton Court Farm near Tiverton brought back some happy memories for a pensioner who is living with dementia.

Ian Spreadbury visited the farm, along with fellow residents, as part of an activities programme organised by Camelot House and Lodge in Wellington, Somerset,

“Our aim is to keep people as active as we can and to get them involved in tasks to help stimulate their minds,” said activities co-ordinator Richard Dempslake.

“We knew Ian used to love going strawberry picking when he was younger and hoped it would jog his memory about days gone by. 

“It was wonderful to see him enjoying himself. He immediately took charge, telling me what to pick and which fruits were ripe and which were not.

LloydsPharmacy and Unforgettable Bring Active Minds Products to the High Street in UK First


Active Minds is the first award-winning dementia activity company to have their products launch in national pharmacy, LloydsPharmacy.

Active Minds’ partner, have secured a deal with LloydsPharmacy to sell dementia products in their stores across the UK, making LloydsPharmacy the first major high street retailer to stock products suitable for people with dementia. The carefully selected Active Minds products will be available in from 50 LloydsPharmacy and 9 Betterlife from Lloyds Pharmacy stores.

Videos online to help sufferers and carers of dementia

The sound doctor

This morning, BBC Breakfast, reported that Alzheimer’s sufferer, Sion Jair, self manages his condition*, proving that such a devastating diagnosis doesn’t mean your life is over; an approach The Sound Doctor strongly supports and advocates through their online library of 40 films full of practical advice about getting the best out of life with dementia.

Sion walks every single day, not just to keep his body active, but also his mind. He hopes that by staying active, his dementia will be kept at bay for longer.

World-class films produced by The Sound Doctor and supported by Newcastle University Institute for Ageing, are available to the public online.

A heartfelt account of a parent’s dementia diagnosis

Rik & Steve

Newhaven resident Richard Hewson, 78, was diagnosed with dementia in 2013. His son Steve describes the effect that this diagnosis had on his family.

“We noticed a change four years ago,” says Steve, 54. “Subtle things like when he received birthday cards he’d place them upside down on the mantelpiece. He’d also pretend to have read them when he hadn’t and he’d attempt to read an upside down newspaper.

“One day my mum, Maureen, was waiting at the bus stop with him and decided to pop into the bank for a minute, leaving dad at the bus stop. When she returned he’d disappeared. It turned out he’d just got on the bus - without her or a ticket.”

Teesside elderly enjoy trip to cinema during Dementia Awareness Week

Teesside elderly enjoy trip to cinema

A DEMENTIA friendly screening of classic 1956 musical The King and I was shown in Middlesbrough as part of national Dementia Awareness Week.

The rare big screen showing of the five-times Oscar winning film took place at Cineworld Middlesbrough.

The screening was held to coincide with Dementia Awareness Week, which takes place from Sunday to Friday, 14th to 19th May.

The audience included residents, carers and activities coordinators from three Teesside care homes, including:

• Ingleby Care Home, Lamb Lane, Ingleby Barwick

• The Beeches Care Home, Green Lane, Newtown

• The Gables Care Home, Highfield Road, Middlesbrough.

Tips on caring for people with Dementia

Chesley Court

Chelsea Court Place, the UK’s first premium memory care residence with 24-hour nursing and memory day club, has observed some very positive and encouraging results with members and residents through the innovative care techniques employed.

The industry-leading team of Dementia trained carers and nurses at Chelsea Court Place understand that each case of dementia is different, as is the person and therefore the approach to caring for each individual cannot be one-size- fits-all.

The care team at Chelsea Court Place comprises highly experienced and compassionate dementia- trained sta , handpicked by the industry-leading senior management team for their ability and excellence in their field.

Four Seasons Health Care and Active Minds partner on activities products for people with dementia

Health Care

Four Seasons Health Care, the UK’s largest independent elderly care provider and a leader in dementia care, is partnering with Active Minds, award-winning specialists in designing activity products for people with dementia. They plan to collaborate to develop innovative new activity products. Four Seasons will also introduce a full suite of current Active Minds activity products into more than 300 of its care homes and will monitor how this improves the day to day experience for people living with dementia.


Luxury retirement village supports mental health awareness week

retirement village

Staff at a luxury retirement village in Chorley organised a ‘Walk for Change’ in support of Mental Health Awareness Week. 


Residents, the team and friends of the award winning Buckshaw Retirement Village came together for a stroll around the village to raise awareness of mental health. The walk, which was organised by activity coordinator Alison Evans, was also used as an opportunity for those taking part to socialise.

Sandra Livesey, from Lancashire Care NHS, joined the strollers alongside her colleagues who explained the need to raise awareness of mental health issues and the benefits of social wellbeing to the group.

Cognitive stimulation therapy is the only proven non-drug treatment for dementia

Aimee Spector

Dementia Awareness Week (14-20 May) recognises the fact 850,000 people in the UK live with a form of dementia and there is no cure. It’s now the leading cause of death in the UK and while new medications are being tested to find a cure, there’s very little to help those already living with the condition, other than medications to help manage the symptoms. However, a proven non-drug therapy is now available to those with mild to moderate dementia.

Dementia Drop In Service For Glasgow


A Glasgow care home is hosting a Dementia Support Café for Dementia Awareness Week [15th- 21st May] and is inviting members of the local community to join them.

Bupa’s Rodgerpark Care Home, on Rodger Drive, is welcoming locals to come along this Tuesday [16th May] from 2.00pm to 4.00pm for coffee, cake and conversations.

The afternoon offers a comfortable space for those who want to meet, chat and share with others whose lives have been affected by dementia.


Dementia care specialists and Bupa’s Admiral Nurses will also be on hand to offer advice and answer any questions.


Music For The Brain

Music For The Brain

Singing has been proven to play a special role in dementia care and one Sussex care home has capitalised on music’s therapeutic effects by partnering with Alzheimer’s initiative - Singing for the Brain.
Clifden House, specialist dementia care centre in Seaford, started holding a daily singing group for residents after learning about the work of Chreanne Montgomery-Smith, of the Alzheimer's Society.
Chreanne devised Singing for the Brain sessions in 2003 after noticing that even though other memories may be hard to retrieve for a person with dementia, music is actually easy to recall.

Sunrise Senior Living of Mobberley To Host Regular Memory Café

Sunrise Senior Living of Mobberley To Host Regular Memory Café

On Thursday 11th May, Sunrise Senior Living of Mobberley will be hosting a regular Memory Café, in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Society
The Sunrise community is offering this free drop-in service, which will take place on the second Thursday of every month, from 10 am – 12 pm. The Café is open to all who may have concerns about their memory or the memory of a loved one or friend.

A relaxed combination of activities and memory focused group gatherings will be planned, but the community will also be liaising with attendees to find out what they would like to get out of the meetings.
Some sessions will have a guest speaker from the local area – ranging from dementia and nutritional experts to paramedics and GPs, that can offer advice and answer any questions.

Turning over a new leaf for dementia care

workers with tommy

A care home in Bellshill, Lanarkshire, has signed up to an innovative project that aims to further widen knowledge and understanding of dementia.


The ‘Pledge Tree’, a creative work of art at the reception of Bupa’s Hatton Lea Care Home, aims to encourage staff, carers and family members to write down their thoughts and feelings - or pledges - on dementia on leaf-shaped pieces of paper and pin them to it.


The pledge tree has been devised by Dementia Carer Voices as part of their campaign to make a difference to the lives of people with dementia and their carers.


12 good reasons why animals can benefit the eldery


To celebrate National Pet Month in April, award-winning home care provider, SweetTree, is keen to acknowledge the benefits that animals bring to the elderly. SweetTree is a pet-friendly company that welcomes pets in its own office environment. Company Founder Barry Sweetbaum says: ‘We recognise the value that pets have in improving the wellbeing of those around us including our clients and staff. In the office, we have two dogs – Bella and Billy and having them around makes everyone much more relaxed.’

Ten Happy Days Tips for Residential & Dementia Care Homes

Memory boxes

Designers spend years researching safe environments, product durability, usage and more. As MD of Happy Days Dementia Workshop & Nostalgic Design, I have visited hundreds of residential homes over the past few years and have found many simple and cost effective solutions which can be carried out during everyday care provision to rejuvenate residential and dementia care home environments, uplift mood and help carers enrich social care for well-being.

Take a look around your care home. Are social areas working well? Are they interesting and cheerful? Can you see cluttered corners or exhausting notice boards? Is way finding clear?

Try out my Ten Happy Days Care Home Tips:

Time to provide better support to people with dementia

people with dementia

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) reported in late 2016 that dementia is now the leading cause of death in England and Wales. With this in mind, Rosie Runciman, co-founder at The Sound Doctor, wants people to be aware that quality patient information about the condition, in a format that’s easy to follow and act upon, is available.

Approximately 9.25 million people are estimated to be living with dementia across Europe.*

Care homes’ charity bag pack raises funds for dementia fight

Hill Care Staff at Tesco

A CHARITY bag pack at a Teesside supermarket has raised over £700 for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Staff from four care homes in Stockton and Hartlepool took to the tills at Tesco to help shoppers with their packing.

The nurses, carers, activity coordinators and managers collected donations to help with the fight against dementia – with funds going towards research.

The bag packers at the Durham Road store, in Stockton, came from four Hill Care Group homes, including:

• Ingleby Care Home, Lamb Lane, Ingleby Barwick

• Mandale House Care Home, Acklam Road Thornaby

• The Beeches Care Home, Green Lane, Newtown

• Queens Meadow Care Home, Stockton Road, Hartlepool.

Coping with cravings in a person with dementia

Re:Cognition Health’s Top Tips to cut back on sugar and improve eating habits of those with dementia

It’s not uncommon for a person with dementia to experience an increase in cravings for sugary foods, leading to consumption of excessive quantities of sweets, chocolate and cakes. According to Alzheimer’s Association, taste buds can diminish when the disease takes hold. Researchers believe the brain produces insulin, like the pancreas and insulin levels in the brain can drop, causing cravings. This could also lead to weight gain and unhealthy eating patterns. Recent studies have also shown that as dementia progresses, it attacks part of the brain responsible for self-restraint in our diets.