How do you explain dementia to a six year old? The Ally Bally Bee Project is on a mission to make such difficult conversations a little easier with a personalised children’s book about dementia.
Imagine being able to explain “granny’s dementia” to your child with a book that features both of them as the main characters. From names and appearances to certain behavioural traits (after all, dementia affects everyone differently) – Ally Bally Bee plan to allow for such customisation through an interactive website. Simply create the story online then click to have it delivered to your door!
Find out more –www.allyballybee.org
Storii enables families to store memories, both for themselves and for their loved ones in care.
The web platform is used by both carers in care homes and families around the world.
Storii provides –
- Family members with peace of mind that their loved ones are being well cared for, by keeping them informed of their day to day activities.
- A platform to capture those 5 minutes of clarity that someone with memory loss can experience.
- A simple digital life story platform that crosses generations.
Find out more: www.storii.com
Canary is a discreet, easy to install monitoring and notification system that provides round the clock reassurance to family members whilst allowing the older or vulnerable person to stay in the home they love.
Canary respects the privacy of people who need care and support so does not use cameras so no-one can be seen or heard.
The Canary system does not require an internet connection where it is installed, and family members/carers log-in to their own website portal to view the information about their loved ones.
Find out more: www.canarycare.co.uk
Working with elderly and frail people and people living with dementia in Portsmouth, using the arts to create positivity and confidence.
Using mime, music, monologues, improvisation and forum theatre, we engage and communicate using drama as a tool. Using their words we then take their stories back to our creative team, where they deliver a beautifully illustrated booklet.
Red Sauce also film their sessions for our casts to view, creating a performance and a Theatre Therapy Workshop they can keep.
Find out more – www.redsaucetheatre.co.uk
Siel Bleu provides exercise classes in care homes to more than 70,000 people in France, Ireland and Belgium.
They have been facilitating both personalised and group sessions for individuals, community groups and residential homes since 1997 in more than 2,000 care homes. Their aim is not only to improve people’s health but to enhance independence, autonomy and
socialisation through group participation.
For more information see: http://sielbleu.ie/
For a similar service in the UK see Oomph Wellness Limited
Hospital Foodie is a nutrition application that can be used in hospitals to accurately monitor patients’ food and nutrient intake. It was created to help overcome the shortcomings of current nutrition provision for the elderly in hospitals.
It works by;
1. Screening patients on admission to hospital to identify any nutritional deficits and calculate their daily requirements.
2. Accurately monitoring food and nutrient intake-at the event of a shortfall hospital staff will be alerted.
3. Individual preferences are taken into account. For example; rather than providing everyone with three meals per day there is the option to have smaller ‘mini meals’ provided at a time that suits the patients and their treatment.
4. A follow up nutritional report is created to help the patient maintain optimum nutrition and improve their recovery following discharge from hospital.
For more information see; http://www.hospitalfoodie.com/It is hoped that hospital foodie will help drive a higher standard of nutrition both within hospital and after hospital admission improving the health and wellbeing of elderly patients.
Changing Lives in Cornwall is a partnership of voluntary groups and state services providing schemes like; Steady On (provides ‘buddies’ to help older adults with balance issues); Get Well Stay Well (a support service for those returning home after a stay in hospital) and
Memory Café (a place for those who suffer from or care for older adults with dementia).
This holistic approach to local service provision is working well. And older people aren’t just the recipients of services; they also get involved in providing support.
For more information see: http://www.volunteercornwall.org.uk/changing-lives/
You can watch the video of how Changing Lives can be found
Vintage communities bring people together to find local solutions to local problems.
Staff at Vintage Communities work intensively in small areas (usually a ward or smaller) for 6-9 months. They gather enthusiasts, older people, local representatives of clubs and societies together, and act as a facilitator to help the group map their local assets and problems. Older people in the group then take the lead on designing and delivering new initiatives to improve their community.
The first Vintage Community was set up in Balham in 2011 where the group has hosted a street party and an event where neighbours show what they have to offer to others for example cooking, dog walking and teaching a foreign language.
The ultimate goal is for the community group itself to function independently, and so in time staff at Vintage Communities move on to support another community to get started.
For more information see:
For a video detailing their work in Balham;
Spots of Time have a mission to make it easier for people to put their spare ‘spots of time’ to good use in their communities through making it easy for others to share their time and talents with care home residents.
People can get involved by picking from a large range of activities that they can host at their local care homes. Activities such as: sharing your favourite mix tape, gardening tips, learning skills from residents or teaching crafts such as knitting, painting, and collage.
They also provide an opportunity for drama groups to rehearse, for beauticians in training to practice, to share writing or poetry and even to bring your own pet along to meet the residents!
For more information see: