Construction begins on £10million Mireille Gillings Neuroimaging Centre

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Thu, 10/17/2019 - 11:57am

Work is now under way to construct a cutting-edge new imaging centre expected to rapidly accelerate dementia research and improve healthcare.

The new Mireille Gillings Neuroimaging Centre will form part of the University of Exeter Medical School clinical research infrastructure. It will transform research and diagnosis of dementia and other neurological diseases, funded by part of a £10 million donation from the Dennis and Mireille Gillings Foundation.

The new building, located at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) site, will help accelerate clinical...

Helen Rushton, Home Director, Green Tree Court

Shining a light on dementia

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 10/16/2019 - 9:18am

Gina Awad of Exeter Dementia Action Alliance and Dr David Kernick have been showing a group of third year Exeter University medical students what it might be like living with dementia, as part of a special study unit.

The students have been learning about the importance of social action to reduce the stigma of dementia and improve the lives of young people living with the disease and their families.

Dementia is a major public health challenge. The Exeter Dementia Action Alliance is part of a growing UK social movement group that seeks to reduce the stigma and misconceptions...

Guardian Homecare asks Devon firms to take on staff with dementia

Guardian Homecare asks Devon firms to take on staff with dementia

Authored by Reporters
Posted: Tue, 10/01/2019 - 9:44am

A LEADING care provider in south Devon is asking companies to think about employing people with early onset dementia or to keep those on who may have received a diagnosis (October 2019).

With some not unreasonable adjustments, Guardian Homecare says it’s possible for people with the condition to work and they shouldn’t leave employment immediately if they aren’t ready to do so.

Catherine Porter, who is a Manager at Guardian Homecare, which provides care in the Exeter area, said: “Following the recent Channel 4 programme ‘The Restaurant That Makes Mistakes’, it’s clear those...

Former Wimbledon player now lives at Hatherleigh Nursing Home

Authored by Jerry Short
Posted: Thu, 07/25/2019 - 9:28am

With the 2019 Wimbledon Tennis Championships now over and the long queues for strawberries and cream now sated, it is exciting to discover that one of the “family members” living at Hatherleigh Nursing Home, is 81-year-old Rosie Jewell. Rosie is a former tennis player who played in the under eighteens team at the Wimbledon Championships in 1954, getting through to the quarter-finals. Jewell is her married name, but in 1954 she was playing under her maiden name, Rosemary Wooller.

Rosie has lived at the 53-bed home near Okehampton, for the last two and a half years and they knew that...

Manager for Guardian Homecare, Catherine Porter.

Devonians offered advice on avoiding onset of dementia

Authored by Reporters
Posted: Fri, 06/21/2019 - 3:09pm

EXPERTS at a Devon domiciliary care company are offering people in the county advice on avoiding the onset of dementia this month (June 2019).

Guardian Homecare, which provides home care in Exeter and Torbay, is sharing its tips after Alzheimer’s Research UK revealed one percent of UK adults are unable to name known risk factors for dementia.

Guardian Homecare Manager for Devon, Catherine Porter said: “Risk factors for dementia include heavy drinking, smoking, high blood pressure, depression and diabetes and it is worrying that only 1% of adults realise that these can all...

Innovative new dementia service launched by Mayor of Teignmouth  

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 06/19/2019 - 8:15am

An exciting and innovative new dementia service has just been launched for the local community of Teignmouth. The Ness Shed is built on the researched and well-known concept of the ‘Men’s Shed’ and, using the expertise of trained professionals, creates a unique environment for individuals with dementia to take part in manual and creative activities.

The launch event, which took place on 23rd May, was attended by many local residents, care professionals and the mayor of Teignmouth, who announced the official opening of The Ness Shed with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the centre....

The south Devon Guardian Homecare office team.

Dementia sufferers stay at home with specialist care 

Authored by Reporters
Posted: Thu, 06/13/2019 - 10:17am

PEOPLE living in south Devon who suffer from dementia can receive care at home thanks to a specialist training scheme being run by a care provider in the area (June 2019).

Dementia sufferers can remain at home while receiving care, rather than having to live in a residential home, with the help of trained carers working for Guardian Homecare in Exeter and Torbay.

Catherine Porter, Manager for Guardian Homecare said: “We believe supporting people with dementia is extremely important as it enables them to retain their independence and lead fulfilled lives.

“We now...

Action for Dementia in the city

Authored by Gina Awad - Exeter Dementia Action Alliance Lead
Posted: Fri, 05/31/2019 - 3:21pm

What a fabulous week collaborating with partners for Dementia Action week 2019.

We were involved in three events which involved family Carers hosted by Bluebird Care Exeter & East Devon, an informal Year 6 assembly at Exwick Heights Primary school, finishing the week with a play performed by local theatre company Substance & Shadow hosted at Cadogan Court care Home part of RMBI Care Co.

Each event offered a different approach but all were equally heartening encompassing the generations. What was richly rewarding was the diversity and inclusivity the events offered...

Gina Awad delivering a recent Dementia Friends session and sharing the work of EDAA at Wonford Community Centre

Dementia Action across the city

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Wed, 05/15/2019 - 12:40pm

Monday 20th May 2019 will see Dementia Action week begin.

Across the UK communities will be coming together to raise awareness and take action for dementia.

With over 850,000 people living with a dementia diagnosis in the country and no cure yet it is vital we continue to consider how as a society we can collectively collaborate and make a difference for those living with the condition and their families.

The Exeter Dementia Action Alliance (EDAA) are a social action movement in the city and have over 70 organisations who have pledged to make a difference through...

Dementia activity centre launches innovative service supporting families and individuals dealing with the disease

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 05/06/2019 - 7:14am

Established in 2017, The Ness Dementia Centre in Teignmouth is a dementia community hub based on the Dutch dementia meeting centre model. It is one of the first centres in the UK to use this model and is helping Devon lead the way in dementia community care.

The model recognizes the need to involve not only the family, and the individual but the whole community in helping that individual to remain in their own home for as long as possible.

The centre runs courses for carers, cognitive stimulation for early diagnosis, home enablement and day activities designed to stimulate...