Dementia Awareness Week: Innovative new therapy launched at Weston-super-Mare

PUBLISHED: 09:00 18 May 2017 | UPDATED: 10:28 18 May 2017

Vera Stucks

Vera Stucks

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A Weston care home is testing out a new dementia therapy technique, which is proving a huge success.

This week marks Dementia Awareness Week, and one resident’s family described the ideas as ‘amazing’.

Summer Lane Care Home, in Diamond Batch, has been trialling the use of a new sensory room, which focuses on using gentle light, movement, music and tactile objects designed to either calm or stimulate residents.

It works on all five senses and is proving a positive way to deal with Alzheimer’s for residents in Weston.

Studies have taken place which have shown using these rooms can enhance feelings of comfort and well-being, relieve stress and pain, and improve communication and memory.

Summer Lane’s well-being and activities co-ordinator April Lewis said: “We are constantly looking for new ways to help and support our residents with dementia.

“We have had some great results using sensory care, which focuses all of the five senses.”

This has been the case for one of the residents at the home, whose family have seen a huge improvement in recent weeks.

Vera Stucks has been treated by April in sensory care and her daughter Sue Norbury believes the one-on-one style of the care has made a huge difference.

She said: “I would like to say how amazed, impressed and delighted I am with the sensory care my mum has been receiving from April.

“My family had commented that for several weeks mum was different and like a new person.

“We thought her pills had been changed but when we discovered that she was receiving sensory care by April on a one-to-one basis and sometimes in a group it all made sense; she seems to have come alive again, is more alert, awake, responding more, trying to communicate more – it is astounding and amazing and wonderful to see.

“Along with the fantastic care staff I know my mum has the most amazing care and attention.”

Throughout Dementia Awareness Week, the staff have been trying to raise awareness of this new treatment but also keep up the support they offer sufferers of dementia, and their families.

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