Bringing the family closer

Dementia appears in a number of forms, but no matter what type of dementia strikes, the illness can be debilitating not only to the sufferer but family and friends, during the lookdown of coronavirus, it was very sad to see patients who could not receive visits family or friends, so to help, freemasons from Dover, Deal, Sandwich and St Margaret’s Bay, pulled together to raise enough money to purchase 10 Kindle fire tablets to enable residents of Harmonia village in Dover to communicate with their families and friends.

Harmonia village has six houses that look and feel like everyday homes, they are equipped to meet people’s needs, with the added peace of mind of care available 24 hours a day by the on-site team.

A highly skilled team of nurses and carers are there to support the residents to live independently as they can.

The village hub is a large multi-functional room that can be divided into three separate spaces, with projector screens and video conferencing facilities, they have an exciting programme of daily activities for people to choose from and a café serving home-made food.

Senior Strategic Development Manager, East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, Rupert Williamson said:

“Firstly, a huge thanks for the purchase of the 10 Kindle Fire 10-inch tablets.  These will be a great resource for our residents.” 

The Group 7 Chairman, Steve Salisbury of East Kent Freemasons said:

“We are delighted to help such a worthy course, it is wonderful to know that the residents are able to interconnect with their families, it will help give some light in these dark times”. 

picture of the kitchen with one of the staff members in from of the serving hatch

One of the staff members in the cafe area, standing in front of the serving area. 

Some of the fantastic staff, standing next to the Harmonia Jukebox and the new Amazon Kindle Fire Tablets and their new cases.

staff standing next to the jukebox, with a table displaying the amazon fire tablets and cases

Dementia

Dementia is a term used to describe a set of symptoms linked with progressive neurological (brain) disorders and may include memory loss, difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language.

Some of these symptoms might be small to start off with, but as dementia progresses, they may affect someone’s daily life and tasks.

As a result of changes in the brain, a person with dementia may also experience changes in their mood or behaviour.

A common cause of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, but it’s not the only cause.  

Although there are a few common symptoms of dementia such as memory loss, the specific symptoms the person with dementia experiences will depend on the part of the brain which was damaged and the type of disease which has caused the dementia.

Dementia Uk

Dementia UK provides specialist dementia support for families through our Admiral Nurse service.

When things get challenging or difficult for people with dementia and their families, Admiral Nurses work alongside them. They give the compassionate one-to-one support, guidance and practical solutions people need, and that can be hard to find elsewhere.

Admiral Nurses are continually trained, developed and supported by Dementia UK. Families that have their support have someone truly expert and caring by their side. They are a lifeline helping families to live more positively with dementia in the present, and to face the challenges of tomorrow with more confidence and less fear.

We believe that everyone who needs the support of a specialist dementia nurse should get one, and we’re working hard to increase the number of Admiral Nurses across the UK.

Details are taken from the Dementia Uk Website. 

https://www.dementiauk.org/about-us/

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