Early April this year saw the completion of three months solid work by Age UK Medway’s senior staff team to open a brand new service.
The Capstone Centre, located in Hopewell Drive, Chatham is our first centre based service dedicated to meeting the needs of those customers who are affected with the symptoms of Dementia and other memory conditions.
Dementia, and other conditions affecting memory is the fastest growing need amongst the older population of our country today. The condition can very debilitating, and can cause those affected, and their cares and loved ones, a great deal of distress.
In the new centre, we offer a range of activities that are specifically designed for those with memory conditions. The activities can include cooking, crafts, outings, reminiscence, sports music and singing. Working in small groups, with one member of care staff to every three customers, we can ensure that customers are continually engaged in activity and conversation that reduces anxiety and promotes the retention of skills and even develop new ones.
We have taken care to ensure that everything in the building, and everything about the building itself takes customers’ needs into account. From furniture fabrics that reduce fall occasions to signs and equipment that assists those with memory conditions to recognise their functions. The centre is a quiet environment, where work groups are not disturbed by the general hubbub of a mainstream centre’s bingo caller or entertainer. We cater a full two course hot meal each day, and provide dedicated transport to collect customers and return them home after a busy day.
The centre was opened in response to our local authorities’ strategy for Older People, and we are positive it will be a roaring success. Already, the early signs are good, with customers proving that with time, care and activity, they can demonstrate their ability to engage in and enjoy a range of activities.
The capstone centre uses a person centred approach to care and support that ensures that each individual can get the most from the service. Through regular communication with carers and loved ones, we can and do make adjustments to the activities to ensure our customers thrive.
For more information about the Capstone Centre, contact the centre manager, Denise Barrett, on 01634 406058.