Katie Jewell, Regional Manager for Guardian Homecare in Devon.

Devon carer leads way with person-centred approach to dementia care

Authored by Reporters
Posted: Fri, 03/08/2019 - 10:58am

A DEVON care provider says it is leading the way when it comes to providing a person-centred care approach for its service users with dementia (March 2019).

Guardian Homecare, which has offices in Exeter, says it views service users with dementia as individuals rather than focusing on their illness or the abilities they may have lost.

Katie Jewell, who is a Regional Manager with Guardian Homecare, said: “We have lots of service users who have dementia and we feel the best way to support them is to take into consideration each individual’s unique qualities, abilities,...

Exeter Dementia Action Alliance joins forces with the Ted Wragg Trust  

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 03/01/2019 - 7:36pm

Gina Awad and Colin Bray from the Exeter Dementia Action Alliance were delighted to be at West Exe school recently, delivering Dementia Friends sessions to the Health & Social care students. This is part of their ongoing commitment to raising dementia awareness and taking action within the school and wider community.

Tim Rutherford, Head Teacher said: “West Exe is very proud to be an active member of the alliance and partnering in initiatives which raise action and awareness for dementia as a school. As part of this, we have appointed a Dementia Friends Champion, endeavoured to...

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Creative Spaces for Carers programme

Event Date: 
27/02/2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
St. Sidwell's Community Centre, Exeter

Are you a family member/spouse/partner/friend caring for someone living with dementia?

This FREE nature-based support programme will help you find ways to cope with issues, including anxiety and depression. It will provide you with activities, techniques and information to help you look after your own health.

Why not come along to this INTRODUCTORY SESSION and find out more about it? We will work together to create a programme that will support your needs.

As part of the group you'll find value in sharing experiences, support and ideas too. We will provide all...

Devon care provider champions dementia techniques in care

Authored by Reporters
Posted: Mon, 01/28/2019 - 10:08am

EXPERTS at a leading South Devon care provider are championing a variety of cutting edge techniques this year (2019) to care for people with dementia living at home in the county.

Guardian Homecare, which has offices in Exeter, says it is important to use different methods for those with the condition and it has rolled these out as part of its staff training.

Regional Manager, Katie Jewell said: “We have worked with people with dementia for many years and through this we have developed a variety of techniques, which can be used when caring for someone with the condition....

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Age UK Exeter 10K Superhero Run

Event Date: 
16/06/2019 - 9:00am
Exeter Quay
REGISTER HERE: 10K Superhero Run

The Exeter running event of the year, that you've all been waiting for is back in 2019 with a Bang! Pow! Boom! This time we'll be celebrating superheroes. Whether you want to run in memory of someone or honour someone special in your life, you can pick your own hero. Don't forget your fancy dress too! Will you dress as Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman or even make up your own superhero! Don't worry though, you can just be you if you like. We think you're all heroes!

Now, the important part! Age UK Exeter is a local charity, delivering life...

Dementia patients at the RD&E benefit from MP3 players

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 01/14/2019 - 7:25am

Patients suffering from dementia at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital will now benefit from MP3 players filled with music from their youth, thanks to a new partnership with the Purple Angel Global Dementia campaign.

The scheme, which will initially be rolled out to patients on a selected number of wards across the acute and community hospitals, provides each ward with two MP3 players - one loaded with music for those over the age of 50 and the other for patients over the age of 70.

Evidence has found that music for patients with dementia can help to reduce anxiety and...

Tips for a dementia-friendly Christmas

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 12/19/2018 - 1:04am

While Christmas is an exciting and joyous occasion for many, it can also be a stressful and lonely time for people affected by dementia, their family and carers.

The stark reality is there are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, with more than 13,800 across Devon. With this in mind, tens of thousands of families will be preparing for a Christmas with someone affected by the condition and many will be living alone.

Alzheimer’s Society asked families living with dementia across the UK to share their experiences and advice for creating a dementia-friendly...

Cartridges Law continues support for local charity group

Authored by McQueenie Mulholland
Posted: Mon, 12/10/2018 - 1:04pm

Cartridges Law is continuing its support of a project which works with people who have dementia and their carers.

It’s the fourth year the St Thomas-based solicitors have supported the Budding Friends scheme, which is run by Age UK Exeter.

Members of the group were welcomed to the Cartridges Law office for a Christmas social evening, which included a performance by the Big Noise Chorus.

The Budding Friends group is made up of people aged over 50 who have dementia and either a family member or partner as their main carer. The group gets involved in various activities...

Dementia-friendly Victorian Christmas

Event Date: 
13/12/2018 - 10:30am
Courtyard, RAMM, Queen Street, Exeter

Dementia-friendly Victorian Christmas Thu 13 Dec 10.30am to 12 noon £5, includes companion and tea/coffee & cake Courtyard

A special day out at RAMM this Christmas, designed for people with memory problems, with friends and carers. Enjoy festive singing by local schoolchildren and refreshments in the heart of the museum, decorated for the season as a vintage Victorian parlour. After hot drinks and cake, visitors are invited to look around ‘Devon Voices’, an exhibition about the West Country during the First World War. Groups are welcome.

Gluten-free options will be...

Enterprising people set to Transform Ageing across Devon

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 11/29/2018 - 10:58am

The Transform Ageing programme is providing funding awards to ten social ventures in Devon – and 16 in total across the south-west – which aim to provide solutions to many of the issues faced by people in later life in the region.

A programme of dance to help prevent falls, a community bookshop staffed by people in later life, and a group day-care service for people with dementia are just some of the Devon-based social ventures to receive funding and support as part of Transform Ageing.

Funded by the Big Lottery Fund, Transform Ageing aims to revolutionise the approach to...