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Moors Manor Care Home Bopathon to Mark Dementia Action Week

Staff and residents at Barchester’s Moors Manor care home in St Leonards, near Ringwood marked Dementia Action Week which took place from 15 – 21 May.

The home organised a ‘a cake sale for the community and a “bopathon” for the staff and residents to show support for Dementia UK and the Admiral Nurses who work closely with those experience a dementia. Dementia is the loss of cognitive functioning – thinking, remembering, reasoning – which can affect a person’s day to day life and activities. Functions that can be impacted are memory, language skills, visual perception, problem solving, self-management and the ability to focus and pay attention. The number of people living with dementia in the UK is forecast to increase to over 1m.

Moors Manor care home, part of the national care home provider Barchester Healthcare, regularly holds events and activities for its residents and surrounding neighbours. Barchester has more than 200 homes and nearly half of those offer a Memory Lane Community. These communities are designed to take care of people living with dementia and encourage its residents to stay as active and independent as possible.

Tracey Aldin, General Manager said: “we wanted to pay special tribute to the people living with dementia, but also those who dedicate their lives to caring for people with dementia. Carers make a huge difference to the lives of the individuals they look after, and we wanted to make sure we acknowledged their hard work. We held a lively “bopathon” for 2 hours where we the staff and residents joined together for a song and dance as well as having a cake sale for the community. We were even joined by Her Majesty and we all stood up to sing the National Anthem.”