Halton residents have been attending afternoon tea sessions to mark Dementia Action Week 2019 at Halton Housing’s independent living schemes, Naughton Fields and Barkla Fields.
Dementia Action Week unites individuals, workplaces and the wider community to take action by initiating conversations to understand the condition and to improve the lives of people living with dementia.
Over 90 people attended, including residents, carers and family members. In addition, residents from five different care homes across Halton were also in attendance.
The afternoon tea sessions consisted of scones & jam, cakes, sandwiches and English breakfast tea to wash it all down.
The sessions were also designed to ignite precious memories and to provide a platform for people to talk about their own experiences. Vintage items and memorabilia including old games, wartime cookery books and carbolic soap were also on display during the sessions for attendees to reminisce over.
Halton Housing partners including Halton Carers Centre and the Alzheimer’s Society also attended to provide essential advice and guidance.
Halton Housings health and wellbeing officer, Cheryl Rose-Coulthard said: “We want to ensure that our customers feel safe and supported within our communities and that they can feel confident that our staff are well equipped with the right knowledge and advice to offer the best possible service to all of our customers. The events so far have been a great success and the feedback from staff and residents who have attended has been incredible.”
Halton Housing’s independent living schemes, Naughton Fields and Barkla Fields have been designed as dementia-friendly environments. Throughout the two schemes there are many features to help residents with dementia feel safe, secure and happy; assisting in day to day activities like navigation, stimulating conversation and promoting individuality.
Halton Housing regularly holds Dementia friends training and awareness sessions for staff, allowing them to gain an understanding of the issues and how they can better support people who are living with the day to day realities of the condition. Over 20 Halton Housing staff members have become dementia friends within the last 12 months.