10.05.2024

Country Court and Devika Dementia Day Centre celebrate successful partnership at Ferrars Hall 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.

The family are pleased with the service

A family member whose loved one attends the day centre at Ferrars Hall Care Home in Huntingdon said, ''I am wondering if you have any further spaces at your other day centres as he appeared to be more alert after his visit at Huntingdon Day Centre. The family are so pleased with your service.''

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.

Dementia Cafe at Ferrars Hall

To mark Dementia Action Week Ferrars Hall Care Home are hosting a Dementia Café on Wednesday 15th May at 10.00 am – 12.00 noon. Everyone is welcome to join residents and staff for a chat over a cup of tea and freshly baked cake. All proceeds will go to Alzheimer's Society.

Please get in touch

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

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