It can be a difficult time for any family whenever a loved one develops dementia, as carers can often struggle to find the right environment to help the sufferer feel at ease.
Now a Grimsby charity will be giving carers the chance to use some of its new facilities that have been designed to alleviate the stress and confusion that dementia can cause; by putting the patients in more relaxed and familiar surroundings.
Care4All, a local charity that supports vulnerable people in North East Lincolnshire, will be opening the RemPod experience at the Grant Thorold Community Hub and Library, on Friday, November 18th, as part of its Independence Day.
It’s a free information and advice event to provide local residents, families and carers with information on the services available to support independent living.
RemPods are leading the way in helping to change the quality of life for people living with dementia. The pods are unique pop-up reminiscent scenes provided with authentic furniture, record players, and nostalgic accessories and games.
Care4All has purchased four pioneering designs, including a 1950s pub, cinema, dance hall and vintage store.
Clare McMahon, Care4All Events and Marketing Officer, said: “Dementia sufferers can better with their long-term memory than short-time memory, so it can really soothe them if they are in familiar surroundings, especially ones with a strong connection to their past”
“Families can use these pods to socialise in a safe environment that their family member is used to like a pub or a shop, so that they will not feel disorientated or confused and are more likely to open up”
RemPods received financial backing from two judges on BBC2 show Dragons’ Den to roll the pods out worldwide. They are already used in more than 40 NHS care homes, day centres and care charities across the UK.
Hospitals that already use the pods say they have been overwhelmed by the success of the concept with benefits that include making large cost savings by reducing Alzheimer’s patients’ dependence on anti-psychotic drugs and they create a better understanding between care staff and residents.