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Mar

Radfield organise afternoons of fun and laughter at the RSH Dementia Cafe

Trudie Meredith Read 92 times

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Pictured: Radfield at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital RSH Dementia Cafe

We are delighted to share news that Radfield Home Care Shrewsbury, is now providing weekly community support to the ‘Golden Moments’ Dementia Cafe at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH).

The Dementia Cafe set up by specialist Dementia nurse, Karen Breese based at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital in April 2017, has gone from strength to strength with a large number of patients, out-patients and visitors visiting the cafe on a regular basis.

The Shrewsbury branch care team have been committed to regularly supporting the cafe every other week for over 18 months helping to organise and run the cafe on a regular basis, assisting the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital Dementia team to provide tea, cakes and activities to all visitors.



Sonya Cole, registered care manager for the Shrewsbury branch explained, “We absolutely love working with the dementia team at the hospital and it’s a real privilege to be able to increase our support at the cafe to those living with dementia in the Shrewsbury communities. Our care professionals are always busy coming up with ideas and activities for the cafe, and February has been a particularly busy month for us with Valentine's Day and Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day) activities.”



On Tuesday 11th February the Radfield team made up small bunches of red carnation flowers, tied with red ribbon and gave them out to all visitors at the cafe in the afternoon along with tea and cakes to celebrate Valentine's Day; all well received by visitors and carers. And, on Tuesday 25th February, the Radfield team organised a ‘pancake flipping’ competition in acknowledgement of Shrove Tuesday, providing lots of fun and laughter at the cafe, and bringing lots of fond memories back to those living with dementia - helping us to build stronger relationships within the community.

In addition to these fun and engaging activities organised by Radfield care professionals, the branch has also been busy designing and printing leaflets and banners to promote the cafe in the hospital, aiming to raise awareness of the wider issues relating to those living with dementia, which has been a welcomed activity given the strain on resources at the hospital. Wherever possible Radfield looks to support and enhance initiatives run by local care providers.

The Dementia Cafe set up by specialist Dementia nurse, Karen Breese based at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital in April 2017, has gone from strength to strength with a large number of patients, out-patients and visitors visiting the cafe on a regular basis.

For more information about ‘Golden Moments’ cafe, please contact karen.breese@nhs.net.


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