This is about making life easier for all who may be “over 60” and, perhaps, just “a bit stiff in the joints” or “a bit out of puff”. What a difference can be made with some simple exercises that we can do whilst sitting in a chair – removing stress, reducing pain, improving posture, and so on. It’s gentle and fun - not at all about “no gain without pain” – and you can do it at home - less of the gym and more of the lounge!
A regular series of sessions aimed at encouraging both social and intellectual activity, and giving carers, those those with dementia, and other older people opportunities to meet and interact with others in the community. They are designed to cater for a wide range of interests, and physical and mental capabilities and to assist in reducing isolation from the community as a whole. These have been developed jointly with St Mary’s Church.
Luncheon clubs inclusive of all the elderly and their carers but with a clear remit to support the carers of those with dementia, and an emphasis on maintaining social contact in the community. Catering for, generally, between four and eight persons it is an opportunity to develop and enjoy friendships in a ‘family’ environment. This has been developed jointly with Age UK Suffolk.
Prominent and easy access to quality information and support including displays of up-to-date information leaflets, booklets and available activities/services. Access through our website to extensive and accredited information, and a personal service to guide carers in their requests for information and in making contact with support agencies. This has been developed jointly with Debenham Library.
Many who have dementia also have other ailments eg diabetes, chronic heart disease, etc which need daily medication. The number of pills that have to be accurately sorted can be large and confusing. The Pharmacy offers a personal service providing help to carers in ensuring that those they care for reliably take their medicine. Advice can be given regarding dosset boxes including special boxes which alert the person to the need to take their medication. In addition, the pharmacist can assist in liaising with the GP surgery, and “signposting” to other professional support.
Afternoon tea when you can get to know others in a similar position to yourself and make friends. An opportunity to talk through problems with volunteers who understand your situation or just to enjoy an hour or so in company. An experienced volunteer dementia support advisor is there each month to help with your concerns and requests for information / support. Fabulous cakes!
Although someone may have great problems with their short term memory they can often remember their childhood, holidays, favourite past times, old friends, days gone by, etc in surprising detail. Reminiscing is a powerful therapy for encouraging a feeling of comfort, security and pleasure. It also helps family carers to maintain their relationship with the person they care for. However, we all enjoy a good old natter about the old days and there is something special about bringing back memories. So this group is truly inclusive and brings together all who enjoy remembering with friends what they did in the 40s, 50s, and 60s - enjoy talking about the hobbies and activities that they loved with others who also enjoyed them - hear about what Debenham and the surrounding villages was like all those years ago and tell each other what it was like where they grew up.
A transport service for those who have difficulty in attending medical (GP, hospital, dental, physio, etc.) appointments. A local volunteer driver will pick you up and take you direct from your home to your destination, wait with you, and return you home. To cover the volunteer's expenses a donation is requested equivalent to the standard mileage costs plus parking.
A small team of experienced retired health and social care professionals who are willing to link directly with individual families and offer support when they receive a diagnosis followed by help and advice whenever they may need “someone to come alongside” - not to take away the problems but to help them cope with them.
A list of providers of personal care and domestic help which can be requested when needed. This contains individuals and organisations that The Debenham Project is aware of and who are committed to supplying their services to customers in and around Debenham.