When Rachel Kenyon and Tammy Hulley decided to create a training program for care organisations that would capture their many years of experience in helping people living with dementia to lead fulfilled and meaningful lives, they did not expect the huge interest it would generate.
Of course, it helps that both Rachel and Tammy are passionate about what they do, prior to launching Adventure with Dementia in 2017 the co-founders spent many years analysing how effective organisations are at providing care for residents living with dementia, capturing results and leading to the development of their ‘See Me’ values framework that provides both strategic and practical skills and analysis to carers and organisations, helping to improve the lives of people living with dementia as well as creating organisational efficiencies for the provider.
The business has had a great start and has already delivered programs in 3 major care providers but being awarded finalist position in the exceptional contribution to dementia care awards at the recent Dementia Care and Nursing Home Expo at the NEC, was the icing on the cake, during two very busy days of non-stop activity on their stand, the presentation was the only break the pair got and they were thrilled to be recognised with the award.
‘We’re engaged in this every day and are really thrilled that people responded so well to our message. It’s our ambition to be considered thought leaders and innovators in the way organisations think about caring for people living with dementia, it was great to share our insight with others and to hear their stories, challenges and ambitions, it helps us refine our program and deliver a better service for our customers and a better outcome for the residents.’
Judge Vanessa Davies, lead quality improvement specialist of Barchester Healthcare said,
‘It was a really close result, we loved Adventure with Dementia’s passion and enthusiasm!’
Adventure with Dementia prioritise the importance of consistent, meaningful and engaging interactions to support people living with dementia. Returning learning and development to the basics of everyday living through self-reflection, life experience and community engagement, Adventure with Dementia shifts the culture from ‘doing for’ to ‘doing with’, with family living becoming the ordinary and not the extraordinary.