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Enhancing Lives of Those with Dementia and Their Carers

7 June 2024

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Written bySona Bharkhada

Enhancing Lives of Those with Dementia and Their Carers

Bringing Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) format sessions to our Community

At Radfield Home Care Leicester East, Groby & Oadby, we are dedicated to making a positive impact in the lives of those affected by dementia. Our latest initiative, offering sessions formatted in line with Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST), is designed to support individuals with dementia and their carers through meaningful and engaging activities. Here’s a closer look at what CST is, why it matters, and how our involvement is making a difference.

What is Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST)?

Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) is an evidence-based, non-pharmacological intervention for people with mild to moderate dementia. Developed through extensive research, CST involves structured group sessions that focus on stimulating cognitive function through themed activities and discussions. These sessions aim to improve mental abilities and enhance the quality of life for participants.

Why CST Matters

Dementia is a progressive condition that affects memory, thinking, behaviour, and the ability to perform everyday activities. While there is no cure for dementia, interventions like CST can significantly improve the lives of those affected. Research has shown that CST can lead to improvements in cognitive function, communication skills, and overall well-being. Moreover, it provides social interaction and emotional support, which are crucial for both individuals with dementia and their carers.

Our CST Sessions: What to Expect

At Radfield Home Care Leicester East, Groby & Oadby, our CST-themed sessions are designed to be engaging, enjoyable, and therapeutic. We even have a name for our group, “The Forget me Nots”.

Our sessions are run every fortnight on a Wednesday at the Birstall Methodist Church from 10.30 am to 12.00 noon. The sessions are for those with mild to mid stages of dementia to attend with their carers.

Here’s what participants can expect:

  • Structured Sessions: Each CST session follows a structured format with a clear theme, such as childhood, food, or current affairs. This structure helps participants to feel secure and confident.
  • Group Activities: Activities include word games, puzzles, creative expression, reminiscence, and practical tasks. These activities are tailored to stimulate various cognitive functions, including memory, attention, and problem-solving.
  • Social Interaction: Group settings provide a supportive environment where participants can share experiences, build friendships, and feel a sense of community.
  • Carer Involvement: We recognise the vital role carers play in the lives of those with dementia. Our sessions also provide a space for carers to connect, share insights, and gain support from others in similar situations.

The Impact of Our CST Program

Our commitment to offering CST themed sessions stems from our belief in their transformative potential. 100% of our attendees are satisfied with the sessions that we run amongst other benefits such as:

  • Enhanced Cognitive Function: Regular engagement in cognitive activities can help maintain mental abilities and slow the progression of dementia symptoms.
  • Improved Quality of Life: Participants often report a greater sense of purpose, enjoyment, and satisfaction from taking part in CST sessions.
  • Stronger Social Connections: Both individuals with dementia and their carers benefit from the social aspects of CST, reducing feelings of isolation and loneliness.
  • Empowerment and Support for Carers: Carers gain valuable respite, knowledge, and emotional support, which can help them in their caregiving roles.

Join Us

We invite individuals with dementia and their carers to join our CST sessions and experience the benefits first-hand. At Radfield Home Care Leicester, we are committed to providing high-quality, compassionate care that enriches the lives of those we serve.

To learn more about our CST program or to enroll in upcoming sessions, please contact us at [email protected] call us on 0116 4810 520 or visit our website here.

Together, we can create a supportive community where individuals with dementia and their carers thrive.


Sona Bharkhada

Sona Bharkhada

Director & Care Manager

Sona has always had a passion for positively contributing to society and has a natural drive to help others.

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