Last week The Kings Fund in London played host to a day of collaboration exploring new models of care for those living with a dementia diagnosis. The event, named ‘Reminiscence Arts in Dementia Care’, was held by the London-based charity, Age Exchange, the UK’s leading provider of arts and reminiscence-based dementia care.
Held in partnership with national social care charity, Community Integrated Care, the event examined ways in which a community model of care could be created to support those with dementia. It also allowed Age Exchange to thank funders such as the Big Lottery Fund, who have awarded the charity a grant that has enabled a weekly day-care service, supporting participants with dementia. Additionally, The Fund has awarded the charity a grant of £97,500 to establish a similar day care service in Manchester.
Throughout the day, a series of experiential workshops took place allowing attendees to participate in practical sessions and experience a sample of Age Exchange’s pioneering reminiscence arts support. The workshops were delivered by artists who work in the community with those living with a dementia diagnosis, both in their own homes, and in day services, focusing on touch, movement, reminiscence inspired music and visual art activities.
Guests were also asked to participate in workshops delivered by colleagues from Community Integrated Care, with the charity using their thriving examples of utilising arts, sport and community engagement to promote the health and happiness of those living with dementia.
The keynote speaker for the event, Mark Adams CEO of Community Integrated Care, shared his thoughts on creating a community model for dementia care. Speaking to the audience, Mark called for “a more unified, collaborative and integrated health and social care sector” and urged “organisations in the sector to work together to tackle social isolation and collaborate to allow individuals to stay at home for longer whilst living with a diagnosis of dementia.”
Rebecca Packwood, CEO of Age Exchange commented, “The event has been a real success and has allowed us to explore a new community model of dementia care through the creation of community hubs and virtual dementia training for carers and family members. Our new support service in Manchester will allow people living with dementia to stay at home for longer whilst still having the support they need.”
Rebecca continued, “It’s been great to be able to celebrate and share our work around creative activity with people living with dementia on a national stage. It’s fantastic to see so many audience members coming away inspired by the day.”