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Memory Plus is an innovative training programme that supports professional providers of dementia care in the development and delivery of meaningful activities.
The training uses original museum objects in different themed boxes, in order to evoke reminiscence, and provide inclusive and joyful experiences for people living with dementia.
The use of a variety of techniques such as reminiscing and multi-sensory approaches allows people living with dementia to engage with activities at different levels, whilst building connections, creative skills and confidence.
Memory Plus training not only offers people living with dementia the opportunity to lead a more positive life, it also has massive benefits for carers as well. We have found that when carers also take part in activities, it increases their skills and confidence in making meaningful and positive connections with those they care for – an approach which ultimately leads to a positive culture shift within care settings, and a more person-centred approach.
Memory Plus runs over the course of the year, with participants asked to attend one full day and two half day courses throughout the year. The cost of the course is £30 per delegate, inclusive of all 3 days, as well as the use of bespoke boxes containing hundreds of reminiscence activity objects. Training is currently subsidised, making this training excellent value for money.
Training is aimed at care staff in care homes, day care and sheltered housing, and those who would like to introduce more meaningful activities into their care setting.
The training is suitable for all care staff whether or not they have a specific ‘activity’ responsibility or not.
Next round of training dates
Day 1: 9.30am-4pm on 7 September 2017
Day 2: 9.00am-2pm on 11 January 2018
Day 3: 9:00am-2pm on 24 May 2018
Up to two people per care home can attend the courses. There are a maximum of 20 places available on each course.
Training – different packages offered ranging from ½ day to 8 week courses
Resources – delivered and loaned to care settings
Activities – wide range of activity ideas for group and one-to-one sessions
Consultation services – expertise in museums, engagement and activities
Memory Plus feedback
The initiative has increased people’s wellbeing and changed the culture of person centred care in care settings. Here is some feedback from previous attendees that demonstrate the benefits and impact of the training on people living with dementia, care staff, family members and volunteers.
We had a student studying health and social care who used the section on ‘tools of the trade’ for an assessment in a communication module she was undertaking.
It has been as brilliant as ever, with some lovely surprises. A resident’s daughter discovered something about her mum she didn’t know when looking at ‘wireless’ items.
Person:Evington Lodge Care Home
This has been a positive experience for residents, staff and families. It has given us as activity co-ordinators new ideas. We are looking forward to future boxes.
Person:Devonshire Court Residential Home
I found this training excellent, I am new to this position and was very vague and this has certainly made me aware of what I need to do. As a result of the training I now feel able to customise activities to service users’ likes and dislikes.
The movement props, ideas and inspirations have gone down very well providing humour engagement and variety during our move ‘n groove sessions. For me this has had a big positive impact on those residents who participate and allows individuals to express themselves.
Person:South Lodge Care Home
Memory Plus box has organised, promoted and develop interest in activities such as arts and craft, sports, games, music and social recreation hobbies in our service users. It provides meaningful activity that promotes their health mental wellbeing. Memory plus box definitely helps us to easily assess our service users care plans. It assisted me to develop interpersonal relationships with them and to socialise effectively.
Person:The Grange Nursing Home
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