Tonic Health is one of the leading organisations providing dementia care provision and support in Spalding to the people of the local area. Running a weekly dementia Cafe (Movement 4Memory) which incorporates some gentle exercise and speakers, and two FOCUS groups which are day-long projects for people with dementia. These projects have been funded by the Managed Care Network. Joy Hallam has been appointed Dementia Care Coordinator and has been tasked with working towards making Spalding a dementia friendly town.
- 26 October 2017
- East Midlands
- Health, Medical, Recreation, Arts, Care, Children Young People and Students, Education Sector, Hospitality, Local DAA Members, Voluntary Sector, Charity, Clinical Commissioning Group, Community organisations, Letting, Membership Organisations, Social Care, Voluntary
- Local Alliances:
- South Lincolnshire Dementia Action Alliance
1. Action Plan
1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
Continuation of Movement 4Memory
The Movement 4Memory weekly dementia cafe has been running since August 2015. Since its inception, the group have seen over 50 people come through the door, and a regular stream of members attend each week. The group have either seated exercise or Tai Chi, and then welcome a speaker or activity for the remainder of the session.
2017 - First Quarter Update
The Movement 4Memory group continues to grow, despite no referral to date via the NHS.
Tonic Health have taken on a second dementia project - the FOCUS group, which was formerly the Spalding Square Hole Club. This was originally set up by another organisation, but the intention was only to run this whilst there was funding through the Dementia Support Network. The trustees at Tonic Health couldnt let the good work put into the establishment of the group go to waste, and neither could they let down the members who had helped in establishing it as an important part of the weekly commitments, and have taken on the running of the project.
There are currently very limited funds available, and so funding streams are being pursued to ensure the sustained running of this group.
Whilst it is imperative to offer a range of activities for people with dementia, it is also improtant to offer something for the carers too. Providing a range of taster treatments (eg head massage, foot massage, fascials) other activities (meditation, yoga, mindfulness), and opportunites to talk with others in a similar position, is something SHAW are keen to implement as part of the exercise dementia cafe.
- Being implemented
2015 - Second Quarter Update
Creative Classes for people with dementia
Establish a series of creative classes for the art - minded people in the area, who would like to explore their more creative side, using a variety of art based mediums.
These sessions will run as 11-week blocks, and will start in January, May and Septemebr 2016.
Dementia Friendly Community
Be involved in trying to get Spalding registered as a dementia friendly community. This will involve sitting on a steering committee, orgainsing publicity events and helping to raise the awareness of dementia within the workplace and trades.
- Initial Scoping