10.05.2024

Country Court and Devika Dementia Day Centre celebrate successful partnership at Fenchurch House Care Home

During Dementia Action Week 2024 Country Court and Devika Dementia Day Centre will celebrate and reflect on a successful partnership of almost two years. The Devika Dementia Day Centre first launched at Castor Lodge Care Home in Castor, Peterborough in August 2022. The service offers people living with mid to late-stage dementia weekly activity sessions and provides respite for carers. The sessions give service users a new lease of life through the formation of new friendships.

The sessions are run by Caroline Ignatius who named the company after her mother, Devika, 77, who has lived with dementia for the last 12 years but is now ‘close to requiring palliative care’.

“We have found that people have access to a lot of activity sessions in the community when they are first diagnosed with dementia However, when they get to a stage where they require help with personal care or behavioural challenges, their options become limited. They are not able to attend the activity groups like they used to, and this puts a strain on their carers and support network.” Caroline said.

Mum is already looking forward to going back

A family member whose loved one attends the day centre at Fenchurch House said, ''Mum was full of beans when she got back and got rave reviews from both her and the carer that picked her up. I think you should be really proud of the set up and the team. Mum is already looking forward to going back, so well done.''

Devika Dementia Day Centres are now hosted at Country Court Care Homes across the East Midlands. Hermitage House Care Home in Thrapston, Ferrars Hall Care Home in Huntingdon, Lyncroft Care Home in Wisbech, Fenchurch House Care Home in Spalding and Castor Lodge Care Home in Castor near Peterborough all host successful weekly day centres. The sessions take advantage of the dementia friendly facilities at Country Court care homes including craft and activity rooms, secure outdoor areas, bistro cafes and pubs.  A light lunch and refreshments are provided for attendees.

Launch of a Carers Cafe at Fenchurch House 

To mark Dementia Action Week Fenchurch House Care Home will host a Carers Café on the first Tuesday of each month from 10am until 11am, with the first café planned for the 4th of June. Everyone is welcome to attend with invitations being extended to next of kin across all the Country Court Spalding and Holbeach Care Homes as well as anyone from the community caring for a loved one living with dementia, who would like to come along to the group for support, share experiences and know that they are not alone.

Please get in touch

If you would like to enquire about a place, please get in touch with Caroline Ignatius on carolineignatius@devikacarecompany.co.uk

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