Therapy days to start at charity’s base

Val Kelly, day care centre manager.
Val Kelly, day care centre manager.

From the end of this month, an award-winning day-care centre in Belford is to become the first organisation in Northumberland to support higher-need dementia sufferers.

Offering personalised support, the new programme, at Bell View, will be very much tailored to the individual.

To help support the centre’s new status and to assist with the therapy days, Bell View is recruiting volunteer Dementia Buddies.

A dementia awareness day is to be held at the centre on Tuesday, July 14 in two sessions. The first session will take place between 10.30am and noon and the second will be held from 6pm to 7.30pm.

The aim of these sessions is to give both potential volunteers and those who care for people in the early stages of memory loss a deeper understanding of this progressive disease.

The sessions will particularly focus on the 10 essential tips for caring for someone with dementia at home; the different types of dementia; therapeutic interventions; what it takes – the skills needed to be a dementia buddy.

Val Kelly, day-care centre manager, said: “We will assess everyone individually to ensure that the support we provide is appropriate to their needs. Engagement in the community is extremely important, every individual will be asked about their hobbies and the day will be tailored to suit their interests and abilities.

“We plan to have six to eight clients each therapy day and everyone will receive one-to-one support.”

Anyone interested in learning more, should contact Val at the Bell View centre on 01668 219220.

The therapy days will take place at the centre once a week and cost £77 per person.