Halton-based charity, Community Integrated Care, held an event in partnership with the UK’s leading provider of arts and reminiscence-based dementia care, Age Exchange, at The Kings Fund in London earlier this month – exploring new models of care for those living with a dementia diagnosis.
The event examined ways in which a community model of care could be created to support those with dementia. It also allowed Age Exchange to thank funders such as the Big Lottery Fund, who have awarded the charity a grant that has enabled a weekly day-care service, supporting participants with dementia. Additionally, The Fund has awarded the charity a grant of £97,500 to establish a similar day care service in Manchester.
Throughout the day, a series of experiential workshops took place allowing attendees to participate in practical sessions and experience a sample of Age Exchange’s pioneering reminiscence arts support. The workshops were delivered by artists who work in the community with those living with a dementia diagnosis, both in their own homes, and in day services, focusing on touch, movement, reminiscence inspired music and visual art activities.
The keynote speaker for the event, Mark Adams CEO of Community Integrated Care, shared his thoughts on creating a community model for dementia care. Speaking to the audience, Mark called for “a more unified, collaborative and integrated health and social care sector” and urged “organisations in the sector to work together to tackle social isolation and collaborate to allow individuals to stay at home for longer whilst living with a diagnosis of dementia.”
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Image: Mark Adams, CEO of Community Integrated Care, at The Kings Fund in London