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Care home launches Memory Cafe

Bramble Lodge, memory cafe, cllr Carol Hart opens the new room assisted by Karen Simpson and the Heart Group who have developed the project

Bramble Lodge, memory cafe, cllr Carol Hart opens the new room assisted by Karen Simpson and the Heart Group who have developed the project

A West Hallam care home has opened its doors to dementia sufferers and carers to offer an innovative new support initiative.

Bramble Lodge undertook its first ‘Memory Cafe’ this week, allowing volunteers, sufferers and relatives to meet up and discuss the condition.

Care home manager Karen Simpson said: “It’s an idea that a few staff came up with last year. We want the sessions to let people know that they are not alone.”

Cllr Carol Hart, deputy leader of Erewash Borough Council and chairman of West Hallam Parish Council, officially opened the first session on Tuesday with a short speech followed by a small ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Karen said: “The session got off to a very positive start. We saw a good turnout and we heard a lot of positive comments.

“A daughter of one of our residents spoke to a gentleman whose wife was diagnosed with dementia. They were able to share a lot of information and offer each other a lot support and understanding.

“It can be very isolating for someone with dementia. We want to use these sessions to reach out to them.”

Sessions will take place three times a week at the home at High Lane West.

For more information call 0115 9444545.

 

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