There are 79,236 people living with dementia in the South West. The pack will help people with dementia and their families to be able to play an active role within their own communities by providing appropriate opportunities and structure to express their own views.
People with dementia may experience memory loss, confusion, and struggle in unfamiliar surroundings or have problems with speech and understanding. The resource pack is made up 18 cards each aimed at giving specific information, advice and top tips on a range of topics that will help overcome or prevent this, and support people with dementia to get involved in activities whilst recognising their current abilities. The artwork chosen to be used on the cards was also selected from a range of designs created by people with dementia at Downend Day Centre in South Gloucestershire. The winning design was produced by Douglas Price.
Norrms McNamara (aged 53), from Torquay, diagnosed with early onset dementia, and contributor to the resource pack, says,
“When you are diagnosed with dementia, no matter how much support you have, no matter how much information may be available, the feeling of helplessness and worthlessness is overwhelming.
These cards will help to give people with dementia a voice; it will give people with dementia their self worth back, and the confidence to carry on doing things they used to do”
Debbie Donnison, South West Area Manager for Alzheimer’s Society says,
“The aim of these cards is to strengthen and directly involve people with dementia as well as their families and carers. People with dementia have been the driving force behind this project by sharing their experience and showing how they can have influence in the things that matter to them.
Everyone has worked together to provide tools and techniques for staff wanting to engage and consult with people with dementia. These cards are a true reflection of partnership working at its best”
The launch of the resource pack has been helped made possible by the Hilton Hotel Bristol who have supported the launch event. The next step following is to make the resource pack available in electronic and booklet format to share across the South West region.