Dementia and reminiscence

Engaging with our residents with Dementia is key to providing person-centred care. Reminiscence is a powerful tool for bonding with those in our Homes – remembering things from the past can spark happy memories and provide a ‘way in’ to connect with them.

interactiveMe

At Nellsar, we know that for us to care for loved ones in every sense of the word, we need to know their very varied and wonderful past histories – their likes, their loves and what makes them happy and sad.

interactiveMe (iMe) is an online tool used to create a personal profile for a resident, turning their story into a digital profile containing favourite photos, music, audio and text. This enables care staff and family members to prompt and engage with their loved ones in the most meaningful way. It was created by Occupational Therapists alongside people with Dementia and their carers.

We have introduced iMe to seven of our 13 Homes and each has a number of tablets which staff use throughout their daily routines; this can be playing somebody’s favourite music, looking at their family photographs or just having a chat about the past. Every member of staff has been trained to use iMe and their residents’ profiles – including Housekeeping Assistants, the Chef and Home Managers – so the whole Home can be involved.

iMe has allowed our staff to build the best possible relationships with their residents and provide truly person-centred care, as understanding residents’ life stories help them to plan personalised therapeutic activities they can enjoy every day. Our aim is to integrate this technology across all our Homes.

Reminiscence boxes

Our Recreation and Well-Being Champions use specially designed ‘Reminiscence boxes’ to share with their residents, often as a group or as part of a ‘Chit Chat’ club. These boxes, provided by local libraries, are individually-themed around a specific topic from the past which is designed to spark memories and discussion. Themes include wartime, clothing and accessories, transport through the ages, children’s toys from the past and memories of the seaside. A wealth of ‘touch and feel’ items such as clothing and postcards are included in the boxes to really bring the topic to life and encourage talking, bonding and a feeling of often associated with nostalgia.

The Daily Sparkle

The Daily Sparkle is a reminiscence newspaper specially developed to provide stimulation and interest for older people and those living with Dementia. We have a subscription to The Daily Sparkle in all our Homes and copies are circulated for residents and Recreation and Well-Being Champions to share and enjoy together. The pages of interesting historical articles, quizzes and song lyrics are very popular and a fantastic tool for our staff to use to engage individuals one a one-to-one basis, particularly those who may prefer to spend time in their room or might not want to join in with group activities.

These reminiscence tools are invaluable to our Homes. They are not only a great source of interest and fun but are key in helping to build relationships and stimulate feelings of happiness and contentment amongst our residents. By encouraging individuals to reflect and reminisce, they also help our residents to raise their sense of ‘self’ and self-esteem, which in turn gives comfort and reassurance.

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Dementia and reminiscence

Engaging with our residents with Dementia is key to providing person-centred care. Reminiscence is a powerful tool for bonding with those in our Homes – remembering things from the past can spark happy memories and provide a ‘way in’ to connect with them.

interactiveMe

At Nellsar, we know that for us to care for loved ones in every sense of the word, we need to know their very varied and wonderful past histories – their likes, their loves and what makes them happy and sad.

interactiveMe (iMe) is an online tool used to create a personal profile for a resident, turning their story into a digital profile containing favourite photos, music, audio and text. This enables care staff and family members to prompt and engage with their loved ones in the most meaningful way. It was created by Occupational Therapists alongside people with Dementia and their carers.

We have introduced iMe to seven of our 13 Homes and each has a number of tablets which staff use throughout their daily routines; this can be playing somebody’s favourite music, looking at their family photographs or just having a chat about the past. Every member of staff has been trained to use iMe and their residents’ profiles – including Housekeeping Assistants, the Chef and Home Managers – so the whole Home can be involved.

iMe has allowed our staff to build the best possible relationships with their residents and provide truly person-centred care, as understanding residents’ life stories help them to plan personalised therapeutic activities they can enjoy every day. Our aim is to integrate this technology across all our Homes.

Reminiscence boxes

Our Recreation and Well-Being Champions use specially designed ‘Reminiscence boxes’ to share with their residents, often as a group or as part of a ‘Chit Chat’ club. These boxes, provided by local libraries, are individually-themed around a specific topic from the past which is designed to spark memories and discussion. Themes include wartime, clothing and accessories, transport through the ages, children’s toys from the past and memories of the seaside. A wealth of ‘touch and feel’ items such as clothing and postcards are included in the boxes to really bring the topic to life and encourage talking, bonding and a feeling of often associated with nostalgia.

The Daily Sparkle

The Daily Sparkle is a reminiscence newspaper specially developed to provide stimulation and interest for older people and those living with Dementia. We have a subscription to The Daily Sparkle in all our Homes and copies are circulated for residents and Recreation and Well-Being Champions to share and enjoy together. The pages of interesting historical articles, quizzes and song lyrics are very popular and a fantastic tool for our staff to use to engage individuals one a one-to-one basis, particularly those who may prefer to spend time in their room or might not want to join in with group activities.

These reminiscence tools are invaluable to our Homes. They are not only a great source of interest and fun but are key in helping to build relationships and stimulate feelings of happiness and contentment amongst our residents. By encouraging individuals to reflect and reminisce, they also help our residents to raise their sense of ‘self’ and self-esteem, which in turn gives comfort and reassurance.

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Bromley Park Care Home
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Meyer House Care Home
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St Winifreds Care Home
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MAIDSTONE

Lukestone Care Home
MAIDSTONE

Lulworth House Care Home in Maidstone

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Care Home MAIDSTONE

Hengist Field Care Home
SITTINGBOURNE

Woodstock Residential
Care Home SITTINGBOURNE

Abbotsleigh Care Home Staplehurst Kent

Abbotsleigh Care Home
STAPLEHURST

Princess Christian Care Home Surrey

Princess Christian Care Home
SURREY

Silverpoint Court Residential
Care Home ESSEX

Bromley Park Care Home
BROMLEY

Meyer House Care Home
DARTFORD

Sonya Lodge Residential
Care Home DARTFORD

The Old Downs Care Home in Dartford

The Old Downs Residential
Care Home DARTFORD

St Winifreds Care Home
DEAL

Loose Valley Care Home
MAIDSTONE

Lukestone Care Home
MAIDSTONE

Lulworth House Residential
Care Home MAIDSTONE

Hengist Field Care Home
SITTINGBOURNE

Woodstock Residential
Care Home SITTINGBOURNE

Abbotsleigh Care Home Staplehurst Kent

Abbotsleigh Care Home
STAPLEHURST

Bromley Park Care Home
BROMLEY

Care Home in Bromley

Meyer House Care Home
DARTFORD

Sonya Lodge Residential Care Home
DARTFORD

The Old Downs Residential Care Home
DARTFORD

St Winifreds Care Home
DEAL

St Winifreds Care Home in Deal Kent

Loose Valley Care Home
MAIDSTONE

Lukestone Care Home
MAIDSTONE

Lulworth House Residential Care Home
MAIDSTONE

Lulworth House Care Home in Maidstone

Hengist Field Care Home
SITTINGBOURNE

Woodstock Residential Care Home
SITTINGBOURNE

Abbotsleigh Care Home
STAPLEHURST

Princess Christian Care Home
WOKING

Silverpoint Court Residential Care Home
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