Chigwell care home launches memory café for dementia sufferers and families

A Chigwell care home is opening a memory café to offer support to people living with dementia in the community.

Lambwood Heights on Lambourne Road is running the first of its fortnightly cafes on Friday July 30, which will give people and their families a chance to meet and relax together, share experiences and get advice and information from the home’s dementia specialists.

There are an estimated 20,000 people living with dementia in Essex and more than 850,000 people nationwide.

Lambwood Heights offers residential, nursing, memory and respite care, with a dedicated memory care unit where carers are further trained.

Sonia Kasese, home manager, says living with the condition can be very isolating.

“Dementia can cause memory problems but also changes in behaviour and personality so it can affect people’s confidence and mean they don’t go out as much as they used to,” she said.

“People may have been particularly isolated because of the COVID pandemic so we wanted to safely open our doors and offer a comfortable environment where people can relax, meet each other and feel they are not alone.”

The café will offer visitors a traditional fish and chip lunch and the opportunity to join in with planned activities or have their hair and nails done. Those attending will be asked to take lateral flow test at the home before entering and will be required to wear a face mask.

The memory café is free and is open to anyone who has dementia, including the home’s residents and their families.  It runs from 11.00am to 3.00pm and booking is essential.

Anyone interested in attending should contact client relationship manager, Nicola Latham-Gibbs, on 0203 973 5600 or at: [email protected]

Mick Ferris

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