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DG Holistic Therapies

DG Holistic Therapies (i.e Massage, Aromatherapy, Indian Head Massage, Reiki, Aromatherapy) have been providing this service to the NHS, at Hollins Park psychiatric hospital within the Occupational health department, and Knowsley NHS, to patients and staff for 14 years, also to Daresbury Science and Technology Innovation Centre, Granda TV, and from private premises. We now have two additional therapists enabling us to move into other areas; and having recently won funding from Wigan Council to provide this service to the people living with dementia and their carers in Wigan we are now able to bring these relaxing therapies to more people in the community and care homes etc.

19 July 2016
North West
Care, Health, Local DAA Members
Local Alliances:
St Helens Dementia Action Alliance , Warrington Dementia Action Alliance, Wigan Dementia Action Alliance, Halton 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?

DG Holistic Therapies' role is to deliver better outcomes for people living with dementia and their carers by providing relaxation therapies consisting of Massage, Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Indian Head Massage, Reiki, to help support them  by providing relaxation. This is in the form of comforting touch in a peaceful atmosphere with no demands on them to make conversation or answer questions. It helps them feel valued and cared for, and gives relief from emotional stress and muscular tension.  Essential oils can be used to evoke memories and enhance treatments, and to give carers time for themselves to relax and benefit from the treatment.

The service could be linked to other organisations e.g. therapists being present in dementia cafes etc to offer treatments there; where the carer could relax knowing that the person living with dementia is safe and occupied in the next room, behind a screen or even in sight. Also supporting the work in care homes and hospices etc. by providing relaxation, comforting touch, communication and quality time to make the person feel valued, cared for and occupied.



2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

The challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of my organisation are available spaces for the treatments to be carried out, understanding of the benefits from the people in the organisations e.g care homes etc (although most do now value the benefits) and funding.

2. Actions

  • Deliver Holistic Therapy treatments to people living with dementia and their carers.

    Holistic Therapies are treatments given to induce relaxation , ease muscular and emotional tension, stress and anxiety, to give caring comforting touch to help people feel cared for and valued and give them time to chat or to have some quiet time. I feel the action of providing these treatments to the person living with dementia and their carers would improve their emotional and physical well being, give them a respite from  their anxieties, provide time for themselves and give enjoyment.

  • Dementia awareness for staff

    I will ensure that the people who work with me receive dementia awareness sessions so that they can become Dementia Friends, and know where to access other dementia awareness information; so that they can better support people living with dementia.

    Being implemented

    2016 - Third Quarter Update

    New Member

  • Explaining the therapies beforehand and asking for feedback after the treatment.

    We will take the time to explain the treatments to people, chat with them to be sure they understand and are happy to continue, so that they are comfortable throughout.  We will ask for feedback, what they enjoyed and found helpful, whether the time was too long or short, what would make it a better experience for them, and would they like to have the treatment again etc.


    2016 - Third Quarter Update

    New Member

  • Promoting the DAA by use of the logo

    I will add the Dementia Friends logo and DAA logo to my leaflets etc. when I have more printed, to help raise awareness of the local Dementia Action Alliances.