A Northamptonshire care home has hosted a special ‘memory walk’ for its residents to mark Dementia Action Week 2022.
Meadow View, a branch of Wellbeing Care that provides nursing, residential and respite care, recently organised a memory walk centralising on reminiscence therapy to raise awareness of Dementia Action Week 2022 – which runs from Monday 15th to Sunday 21st May.
Staff, residents and family members ventured around the picturesque Northamptonshire village of Irchester, visiting areas such as the church, café and local shops – with the smells and sights of familiar places helping to evoke residents’ memories.
Utilised by various care homes across the UK, reminiscence therapy is a treatment that involves all the senses — sight, touch, taste, smell and sound — to help individuals with dementia remember events, people and places from their past lives.
Discussing the initiative, Joy Henshaw, Registered Manager of Wellbeing Care, said: “We were delighted to participate in this year’s Dementia Action Week by taking residents out for a memory walk as part of the reminiscence therapy we offer.
“We all thoroughly enjoyed the stroll – it was lovely to see how some of our residents with dementia responded to the familiar surroundings of the local village, with some even able to recall past memories that they were keen to share.”
Joy continued: “The team at Meadow View wanted to do something to contribute to this year’s Dementia Action Week and thought the memory walk was the perfect way to go about it, whilst helping some of our residents with dementia in the process.”
She concluded: “As a care home group dedicated to providing dementia care services, we are keen to combat the common misconception that memory loss is simply a side effect of getting old, and encourage people to seek diagnosis if any symptoms are experienced.”
Wellbeing Care is a family-run group of care services that focuses on providing first-rate, person-centred care to older people living in Northamptonshire and Suffolk, providing residential care, nursing care, dementia care, respite care, day care and supported living services.
Spearheaded by the Alzheimer’s Society, Dementia Action Week is a national event that sees the UK public taking action to improve the lives of people affected by dementia. With a theme of ‘diagnosis’, this year’s Dementia Action Week aims to help those who might be living with undiagnosed dementia to understand potential symptoms, to come forward for guidance and support, and to feel empowered to take the next steps towards diagnosis, helping to improve the diagnostic process in the future.