Everyone knows someone living with dementia, so you would think as a community we would have a better understanding of what we can do to support someone to live well with the condition. The truth is many people are still afraid to share with loved ones, that they have a diagnosis. Dementia is a term used to describe a range of cognitive and behavioural symptoms that can include many challenges, such as memory loss, anxiety, a change in personality and sometimes can have a massive impact on an individual’s ability to live independently.
Providing a safe place, where, both people living with the condition and their carers can relax, share advice and get support, can for some, be life changing.
Julie Taylor, Dementia lead at the Future Care Group has set out a strategy, to not only help educate people to enable a more person centred approach to care for people living with dementia, but has initiated the introduction of Vintage cafes throughout the Future Care Group homes.
Julie’s ambition is that eventually all Future Care homes will have a Vintage Café facility, where residents and their families can come together to offer emotional, social and psychological support. Julies hope is that people living with dementia and their carers, will get a better understanding of how dementia impacts on someone’s life and how with the right support those people living with dementia, can have a full life.
The first Vintage café to open was at Priory Court in Ewell Village Epsom. More recently Stowford House Care Home in Shippon, celebrated the opening of it’s new Vintage Café, when Mayor Cllr Charlie Birks formally cut the ribbon.
Julie said “This is a significant day for the home as it not only provides a wonderful place for residents in the home and their families to use but also creates a new community hub where people living with dementia and their carers know they will be made to feel welcome and can make new friends”.