Creating Interactive Spaces In Care Homes Can Help Dementia
The Mental Health Foundation has investigated the challenges dementia causes when people experience a reality or set of beliefs different from others.
They examined the following points to understand the experiences of different realities: The use of memory to make sense of the situation someone is in, expressions of unmet physical, psychological or social needs and creative solutions and coping strategies.
Drawing on these explorations, other experts recommend the following:
Use reminiscence aids:
'Reminiscence' draws on a person's memory by prompting them to recall life experiences from their past. This is a powerful communication strategy for people with dementia as they are more likely to recall things from their past rather than recent events.
Dementia-specific activities such as reminiscence jigsaws and memory games engage residents with appropriate levels of stimulation and use this power of reminiscence to prompt conversation to recall these valuable memories.
Create an engaging home:
Behavioural problems associated with dementia can be a result of physical, psychological, social and/or environmental changes and often manifest as frustration through the inability to communicate effectively. In this situation, creative solutions and coping strategies are essential.
Create an engaging home that is more comfortable and relaxing for people with dementia, by adding interactive points of interest such as a café or bar where residents can get a drink or socialise.
Add interactive points of interest:
Interactive features alleviate boredom and keep people engaged, active and conversational. This supports a calmer environment and contributes to more regular daily routines such as sleeping and eating - which are vital for well-being.
Can you believe this is the same space?
Thousands of homes have already implemented meaningful improvements, enhancing their environments to reduce the daily challenges of living with a dementia and enhancing quality of life.
Article written by Madison McCormack, Marketing Assistant at Find Memory Care
Creating Interactive Spaces In Care Homes Can Help Dementia , 6th May 2017, 21:44 PM