Sadly, Dementia Forward‘s face-to-face services have had to stop for the time being, but the team have been coming up with new ways to support people living with dementia and their carers during this crisis.
In the hope of providing fun and stimulation for people while they are at home, we are now able to deliver boxes of activities to their door. The new Cafe in a Box service aims to provide some of the activities normally available at our wellbeing cafes, such as crafts, games and books – plus of course the all-important tea and biscuits!
Some of the boxes are themed to suit a person’s particular interests and they are all slightly different, so they can be borrowed for a few weeks, and then a new box can be delivered. In addition, we have been fortunate to receive a donation of robotic cats from the Rotary Club of Knaresborough, which are also available on loan. The cats are a similar weight to real cats and interact in a lifelike way, which can have a calming effect on people with dementia.
All these items can be booked by calling the Dementia Forward Helpline on 03300 578592, and will be delivered in a safe, socially distanced way by Dementia Forward staff and volunteers.
The service is already proving popular, with lots of people calling to ask for boxes, and the first recipient claiming he couldn’t wait to dive in and see what we had delivered. We hope we can bring a smile to people’s faces during this difficult time.