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
Equal Arts is a creative ageing charity providing creative opportunities for older people.
Working with a team of artists the charity runs a number of projects aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of those living with dementia and older people.
They also train care setting staff and artists about the benefits creative care can have for residents.
Equal Arts projects include:
Find out more – www.equalarts.org.uk
This guide book looks at ‘How to make a Sensory Room for people living with dementia’. Published online, it gives advice on how to set up multisensory spaces tailored towards the needs of people with dementia. It aims to be a tool for health care practitioners, care home staff and carers, enabling them to create sensory environments appropriate and suitable for care home residents and their families.
Find out more – www.kingston.ac.uk/sensoryroom
Brightshadow’s mission is to enable people with dementia and those affected by it to live well and to thrive.
We use creativity and performance to celebrate the present moment and create opportunities for people with dementia to express themselves, interact with others and take part in meaningful activity.
We do this through delivering Zest workshops which use a variety of performance activities such as song, movement, music, story making, puppetry and other sensory stimuli. Zest workshops are carefully designed and delivered to take participants on a creative journey to a different place or space.
Find out more – ww.brightshadow.org.uk
Konnektis enhances the care of older people living in their own homes through better communication between their carers.
We have developed a platform that replaces pen-and-paper communication with a tablet that is used by all carers – whether they are paid, volunteers or family members – and stays permanently in the older person’s home.
Konnektis brings three important benefits to users:
- Improved care outcomes for older people since the care network supporting an older person has access to consistent, real-time information so can deliver better, more personal care.
- Peace of mind for family members supporting older people, who can stay better informed of their loved one’s wellbeing and can manage care in an integrated way.
- Lower costs for care providers since Konnektis can integrate with existing rostering and billing systems to substantially lower the administrative costs of providing care.
If you would like more information about Konnektis, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org and visit www.konnektis.com
Started in 2007, Living Words is a pioneering arts charity which improves quality of life for people experiencing dementia in care homes and positively transforms attitudes to older people with the condition.
We also aim to influence public perception of dementia through performance, publishing and public speaking.
The Living Creative Workshop Series offers carers and all other staff members a series of 3 workshops which take place during a residency and aims to embed what is learned into staff’s daily practice:
1) Living Care – introduction of mindfulness, silence and reflection; introduction of creative listening techniques; and the use of experiential drama exercises that focus on their clients needs.
2) Living Activity – the shared experience as core to all activities; meditation poems; working with the Living Words Word Books – devising personal projects to embed the books in daily practice. This involves buddying with colleagues for peer support.
3) Living Forward – continuation of personal project; group discussion of ‘shared experience’ activities; a return to personal reflection.
‘You have taught us to listen. We now hear what our residents are saying. This helps our care plans. Thank you.’ – care home manager.
Their publications and performances have reached people who know about dementia and those who do not:
”Crackpot’ was deeply moving. My perceptions fell away piece by piece.’ – audience feedback
Find out more at – www.livingwords.org.uk
Call to mind is a specially designed board game that helps get to know and understand the thinking, likes and dislikes of someone with dementia.
This tool also stimulates memories and encourages conversations, both as the game is played and in everyday interactions. It can be played at home with friends and family or in the professional setting of a care home, day care centre, hospital or memory café.
Find out more – www.call-to-mind.com
Remember-I’m-Me Care Charts ensure that hospital and care home staff have the information they need to provide dignified and person-centred care, also enabling the development of a relationship between staff and those they care for. Where a relationship exists, empathy can develop and where empathy exists, outcomes improve for the individual, staff and family.
There are now thousands of care home residents and increasing numbers of hospital patients benefiting from the idea behind that first wall chart, and Care Charts UK continues to develop products that are intended to aid communication between individuals and their carers.
Care Charts UK won the 2013 GB Care Awards SE region Innovation Award, was a National Finalist in 2014, and has been named as one of Nesta / The Observer’s New Radicals for 2014, one of 50 people or projects that are being celebrated for helping to change Britain for the better. It was also included in HSJ’s list of Innovators 2014.
Find out more – www.carechartsuk.co.uk/
HomeTouch is the safe place to easily organise support for your loved one. HomeTouch has been designed as a senior care solution by physicians who understand the challenges of care in later life. Features of HomeTouch include video calls, sms alerts, messages, calendar, Nurse call, contacts, and photos.
HomeTouch benefits seniors by reducing social isolation and enabling users to stay independent in their homes for longer, and benefits family, friends and carers by allowing them to keep track of the well-being of elderly loved ones by receiving real time updates to mobile phones and tablets. It also allows users to set up care plans and set up modules for medical conditions.
HomeTouch was developed at a memory clinic at Imperial College London and is part of the Healthbox Europe Accelerator.
Find out more – www.myhometouch.com/