Dementia cafe promises to be stirring monthly event

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RESIDENTS and staff at a Lewes care home launched a regular new event, designed to help members of the local community affected by dementia.

Claydon House is hosting a ‘dementia café’ on the first Wednesday of every month from 2.30-4.30pm. Each event will feature a specialist speaker as well as a short musical concert.

The first event took place last week and featured a talk from the Home Manager, Maggie Spooner, and a 1940s themed performance from Activities Co-ordinator Emilie Watson.

The launch of the dementia café at the Wallands Crescent venue was attended by a number of local dignitaries, including the Mayor of Lewes, Cllr John Stockdale, Ward Councillor Ruth O’Keeffe, Parish Vicar the Rev Dick Field, and Older People’s Mental Health Commissioner Nigel Blake-Hussey.

Activities Co-ordinator Emilie Watson has been working with local health and social care organisations and charities to build up the programme of events. Future sessions will feature guest speakers from Age UK, Care for Carers, and local businesses.

Residents and staff alike had been helping prepare the home to welcome the community. Residents participated in the event by offering teas and cakes to guests, and decorated the home with vintage café décor. Staff feel that empowering their residents to host such an event will help them become more involved in the community.

Claydon House is run by the family-owned Caring Homes Group. Mother and son team Helena and Paul Jeffery established the Group in 1994 and it has grown to be one of the leading care providers in the UK.

Claydon House provides residential, nursing and dementia care in two purpose-built buildings for up to 47 elderly people.

Emilie said: “The residents and staff have all been very busy preparing for the dementia café. We are excited to open our doors to the community.

“The café will give local people the chance to find out more about living with dementia, and chat and socialise with other people affected by the condition.”