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Visiting the Memory Cafe and other Dementia Care Activities: Evidence-based Interventions for Care Homes

by Caroline Baker and Jason Corrigan-Charlesworth Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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Activity and engagement are vital to our well-being throughout our lives and this continues to be just as true of people living with dementia.


The activities presented in this book have been designed to provide meaningful engagement for residents, while respecting each individual resident's readiness to engage and participate. This approach to person-centred care has proven to be extremely effective: activities such as Namaste Care and Memory Cafés have engaged residents who had previously not responded to interventions, demonstrably showing an increase in their levels of well-being.


Supported by case studies, each chapter will also recommend the best way to implement the ideas discussed in the care home environment and beyond.


Introduction, Caroline Baker, Director of Dementia Care at Four Seasons Health Care. 1. The Importance of Getting to Know ME, Ann Marie Harmer. 2. Reminiscence in the Digital Age and its Influence, Claire Peart. 3. Namaste Care for Residents Living with Advanced Dementia, David Owen. 4. The Use of Dolls in Dementia Care, Jason Corrigan, Deputy Director of Dementia Care for Barchester Healthcare. 5. Memory Cafes - Educating and Involving Residents, Relatives and Friends, Jason Corrigan, Deputy Director of Dementia Care for Barchester Healthcare. 6. Linking Exercise and Wellbeing for People Living with Dementia, Phil Harper. 7. Imagination Gyms, Leon Smith. 8. Creativity: Incorporating Activity into Everyday Life in the Care Home, Deena Heaney. 9. Energising and Relaxing Environments, Caroline Baker, Director of Dementia Care at Four Seasons Health Care and Holly Rance.

'Visiting the Memory Café and Other Dementia Activities is a very clear and practical guide to delivering support to people living with a range of dementias. The authors of this book have significant experience of supporting people living with dementia, and they have written a very practical and easily accessible resource. I recommend this book to both family carers and professionals.'

- Professor Martin Green, OBE Chief Executive Care England, DH Independent Sector Dementia Champion


'Visiting the Memory Café is much more than a roster of programs and therapies; it is a guide to a new way of thinking about how to best serve the individuals in our communities...practical, compelling, and highly readable.'

- G. Allen Power MD, FACP, Geriatrician, Author, Educator

Caroline Baker is Director of Dementia Care at Four Seasons Health Care. She was a Consultant Trainer in Dementia Care Mapping and Person-Centred Care at Bradford Dementia Group, Bradford University. Her previous roles were Clinical Nurse Specialist in Dementia Care for Walsall Primary Care Trust, Independent Social Services Liaison Nurse for Walsall Community Health and Manager of Newfield House, a care home in Coventry. She has written many articles for the Journal of Dementia Care and Caring Times, and has contributed to a book on Dementia Care Mapping for Hawker Publications. In 2013 she won the Lifetime Achievement in Dementia Care at the 4th National Dementia Care Awards. She lives in Staffordshire, UK.


Jason Corrigan is Deputy Director of Dementia C are for Barchester Healthcare.