For someone with dementia, time spent in hospital can create additional stress, but much of this can be reduced by improving the environment.
Improvements such as good dementia signage - incorporating appropriate colours, imagery and clear wording and using the right materials, will alleviate a number of issues.
A person with dementia will often have orientation issues so finding the toilet, for example, can become a real challenge. Failing to find the toilet in time can lead to them becoming too worried to drink for fear they’ll have another accident. Not drinking leads to dehydration increasing the risk of falls, long term incontinence and infections. Simply incorporating appropriate signage can avoid much of this. Once at the toilet they should be able to use it properly and independently so highly visible, contrasting coloured seats and rails are essential.
In addition to the built environment, contrasting coloured crockery should be recognised as an environmental aid. Contrasting coloured crockery removes ambiguity, enabling the food or drink to become the main focus. This encourages people to eat and drink more, meeting more of their daily intake levels to maintain a healthier lifestyle.
Additional orientation aids can be introduced to support patients. Large, clear Calendar Clocks that display the day and date, (but never the year) are a valuable orientation tool.
Putting good orientation aids in place reduces the stresses of a hospital stay and Find has helped hundreds of hospitals implement meaningful improvements to their environments.
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Virtual Dementia Tour
Training 2 Care
Training to care is an organisation that offers nurse courses, mandatory training, an autism reality experience and a virtual dementia tour.
Their mission is to "provide cost effective, health and social care courses that will improve the quality of care given by people working within the sector.”
The Training 2 Care vehicle, which provides the Virtual Dementia Tour and the Autism Reality Experience, visits over 20 care homes a week throughout the U.K.
According to the Training 2 Care’s website:
“The Virtual Dementia Tour is medically and scientifically proven to be the closest that we can give a person with a healthy brain an experience of what dementia might be like. By understanding dementia from the person's point of view we can change practice, reduce issues and improve their lives.”
“Scary, Intimidating, Confusing and a feeling of vulnerability the Virtual Dementia Tour is a 'must have' training for every care professional or family member that wants to understand dementia by walking in the shoes of a person with the disease.”
Find Memory Care has the pleasure of partnering up with this great organisation, and our dementia care products are now available on their website.
Like Training 2 Care, Find is committed to creating products that continually improve the quality of dementia care – allowing people to provide the best care possible.
Research reports that, “dementia kills more people than Heart Disease or Cancer and therefore is the largest cause of death in the UK."
It has also been reported that “one in three people that were born in the UK in 2015 are expected to die from dementia.”
With these statistics in mind, Find Memory Care has developed products through our understanding of dementia - attempting to see it from the person's point of view.
Simple products, such as:
- Find’s jigsaws
- Unbreakable ‘glassware’
- Dementia Day & Night Clock
- Wall Murals with interactive furniture
Elderly Nutrition Advice for Best Practice in Nutritional Improvement
A Guide to Setting Out the Meal Standards for Residents.
In Chef Hugh McGivern’s dementia food charter (written with Marsha Tuffin and the Abbeyfield Society and edited by Find’s director) he provides valuable information and nutritional values around best practice in Elderly nutrition when supporting residents with dementia to eat and live well.
The food manual, entitled A Guide to Setting Out the Meal Standards for Residents, is intended to help care homes learn how to provide the best support and services when looking at elderly nutrition.
According to Hugh, understanding the following points is key:
- Overcoming loneliness and insecurity can make all the difference to an older person's well-being and quality of life especially around enjoyable mealtimes.
- Mealtimes are one of the most important temporal anchors that residents with dementia have, marking morning, mid-day, and evening each day.
- Mealtimes can be seen as opportunities for a successful experience for the resident because it’s an activity that is familiar whilst empowering residents to make choices, plus to have individual identities reinforced.
Environment improvements can help with Elderly Nutrition.
Elmhurst Care Home, in Cumbria, have demonstrated their approach to providing the best nutritional support and services by refurbishing their kitchen to include glass front cabinets and refrigerators (so that people can see what’s inside) and by adding dementia friendly signage.
The care home also incorporated blue crockery, as they found food groups are rarely blue, and saw a big difference - residents we’re reported to be eating better due to the fact that they could see their food more clearly and their weight was increasing as a result.
Caregivers also saw the waste of food dramatically reduce and reported that people were eating much more independently.
An Elmhurst carer said: “I think with the enhancement of the crockery, and the whole setting and surrounds, meal times really are a lovely time of the day. There’s a lot of conversation and you learn so much about residents and their lives.”
Would You Like to Reduce Bathroom Accidents in Your Home?
Flanshaw Lodge is a care home in Wakefield looking for ways to reduce bathroom accidents.
They have added coloured toilet seats to their bathrooms, in order to assist their residents in locating the toilet.
The residential care home accommodates up to 26 people, over the age of 65, who are living with dementia and require nursing or personal care.
Flanshaw have incorporated Find Memory Care’s Premium and Standard Toilet Seats in the colour red. They also have added correlating bathroom signage which show images of toilets with red seats – further assisting their residents in understanding what the toilet looks like and where it can be found.
According to Stirling DSDC, “Colour and contrast can be used to help people with sight loss and dementia to identify key features and rooms. Good use of colour and contrast can facilitate independent living, for example, by supporting people to find their way around and to use fixtures and facilities such as lighting unassisted.”
Additionally, Stirling DSDC state that as people get older, there are a number of changes in normal vision which are simply due to ageing. These include:
- the need for additional light
- increased sensitivity to glare
- reduced peripheral vision
- reduced sensitivity to contrasts
- reduced speed of adapting to change in light level
- reduced visual acuity
- reduced depth perception
- altered perception of colour i.e. being less able to discriminate between unsaturated (less intense) colours such as pastels.
Adding coloured toilet seats, paired with well designed and well placed signage, can play a fundamental role in reducing distress, maintaining independence, and improving overall wellbeing.
This in turn, can reduce bathroom accidents, as people are more likely to locate the toilet in time and are less agitated and confused.
Ann Marie, Assistant Manager at Flanshaw Lodge care home, shares her experience of this, stating:
“Continence is a problem for some of our residents and many people need assistance in the bathroom. People will often sit and miss the toilet or urinate in the corner instead of on the toilet.”
“It’s important to have a coloured seat because certain type of dementia affect what people are able to see. Adding a seat that stands out will improve things for people, not every person, but for some.”
Ann Marie continues: “A lot of places have bathrooms that are built in all white with white toilet seats. But research shows that when things are all the same colour they can sometimes appear flat to someone with dementia. So by adding a toilet seat that stands out to people with dementia, you are really improving their lives.”
Find Memory Care have recently made our best-selling Standard Plus Toilet Seat available in graphite grey!
This brand new, contemporary colour option maintains the same vital colour contrast as our red and blue seats. Click here for more information.
Find Memory care has helped thousands of homes and hospitals achieve incredible improvements and help reduce bathroom accidents. If you have any questions or wish to arrange a member of our team to visit you please contact us.
Meet Find next week at the UK Dementia Congress in Doncaster on Nov 7th-9th. We'll be at stand number 39!
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Care Home’s New Dementia Friendly Market Will Open Nov 1st!
Find Memory Care and Orchid Care Home have been hard at work, designing Orchid Market Place – which will create a fantastic dementia friendly environment.
Orchid care home, located in Swindon, U.K., caters to residents who require nursing care, suffer mental health issues like Alzheimer and dementia, and need end-of-life care.
They state: “We at Orchid pride ourselves in delivering optimum levels of care to those that reside with us. The facilities in the home are second-to-none, and the ample space around the home enables the service users to be independent and enjoy their individual pursuits in a safe environment…”
The combination of both the Murals and 3D elements helps to ‘set the scene’ for pleasurable activities and encourages social engagement.
Orchid Care Home’s Resident Manager, Dawn Drew, was very motivated to get this project right and fly the flag for the other homes within the group. The home has earmarked the 1st November 2017 as the opening for their new Market Place.
The Find team had the pleasure of meeting some of Orchid Care Home’s residents, in anticipation of the opening, and found it very rewarding to interact with them in their own environment.
One gentleman in particular was very interested in the Post Office and Toy Shop. The toy cars encouraged him to tell us about his time working for one of the big car manufacturers in the area. It was fabulous to see his eyes light up when he was sharing a bit of his life history.
One of the reasons the Market Place will be so effective in encouraging social interaction, is because the Murals feature carefully chosen reminiscence images.
‘Reminiscence’ images help to draw on a person’s memory by prompting them to recall life experiences from their past - a powerful communication strategy for people with dementia.
Pairing 3D elements with these reminiscence helps create a two-way flow of information between the environment and the users. This will generate a social atmosphere and encourage users to be more active.
Furthermore, making dementia-specific activities available (such as reminiscence jigsaws) will engage residents with appropriate levels of stimulation and prompt conversation to recall valuable memories.
Making these simple changes to a care home environment can also help to minimise or eliminate behavioural problems associated with dementia.
This is because challenging behaviour can be a result of social and/or environmental changes and often manifest as frustration - through the inability to communicate effectively.
Create an engaging home with interactive features will alleviate boredom and keep people engaged and conversational, supporting a calmer environment.
Find Memory Care has assisted Orchid Care Home in bringing the Orchid Market Place to life, supporting them in their exciting project - which will help enrich the lives of their residents who live with dementia.
If you wish to speak to a Find team member about creating a more dementia friendly environment please contact us. We would be more than happy to arrange a time to visit you.
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Can Fiddle Muffs Improve Dementia Care?
Grosvenor Park Care Home raves about Find’s Activity Blankets – stating how the dementia-specific product reduces their residents’ distressed reactions and challenging behaviours.
The residential care home, owned by Four Seasons Health Care Group, is located in Darlington and accommodates adults over 65 who have dementia, physical disabilities, require nursing or personal care.
Grosvenor Park offers a versatile care service, providing each resident with a personal care plan that is regularly updated to any developments.
The home recently incorporated Find’s new Fiddle Muff Activity Blanket and they are already over the moon with the benefits they’re experiencing.
Cherry Nicholson, Deputy Manager of Grosvenor Park, said: “The Activity Blankets have gone down tremendously well in our home, especially with the residents living with dementia.”
“The second floor of our home is the residential dementia section, so we’ll place the Activity Blankets over chairs and residents will sit with them on their laps. They just love the texture.”
Find’s Fiddle Muff Activity Blankets (and original Fiddle Muff’s) are expertly designed to keep hands busy. The soft, warm fabric is irresistibly tactile and made all the more interesting with attractive colours and additional features that keep fingers exercised - relieving tension and restlessness.
Cherry continues: “We’ll sometimes place the original Fiddle Muffs on door handles and residents will grab them when they walk by and interact with them.”
“The Fiddle Muff’s relieve tensions and reduce distressed reactions that cause challenging behaviours."
Cherry said: “Challenging behaviors, such as being psychically or verbally abusive, only occur when residents are distressed so you must first reduce distressed reactions in order to prevent challenging behaviours.”
Now or a limited time, Find is giving customer’s a FREE Lion Fiddle Muff with purchase of a Fiddle Muff Activity Blanket on our website!
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Design for Dementia Care Homes
How dementia friendly design features have been incorporated into an existing care home.
In 2012, the Open University did a report on Elmhurst Care Home in Cumbria.
Elmhurst was purpose built in 1983 to accommodate forty physically frail people. Over the years, however, the demand has shifted and today over 30 of Elmhurst’s residents have a form of dementia.
Originally, the care home wasn’t designed to be dementia-friendly, so plans to incorporate dementia-friendly design features that use the design for dementia care approach we’re put into place.
Jackie Roslyn from Cumbria Care headed up the project as part of her work towards Stirlings Gold Standard award.
Design for dementia care.
Residents’ front doors now have contrasting designs and colours, which assist with orientation and way-finding. Dementia-specific signage, which incorporates both words and a picture, we’re placed on bedrooms doors, bathroom doors as well as communal areas like the lounge.
Doors to utility rooms we’re painted to blend in with the walls, to prevent people from entering them and bathroom and toilet doors we’re painted yellow to stand out.
Jayne Allonby, Registered Manager at Elmhurst, stated: “We looked at contrasting paintwork, plain papers, contrasting doorframes, skirting boards and things like that.”
Elmhurst also fitted red toilet seats in the bathrooms, as they found red was the last colour people retained.
The care home wanted to include their residents in the design for dementia care process, and gave them some choice over the colours of wallpaper and furnishings.
Susan Garnett, Support Worker at Elmhurst, stated: “It’s very important that the residents did get involved with the choosing of the colour schemes and the door fronts and things because this is their home, and they’ve got to feel as if they really belong here.”
The refurbished care home incorporates many dementia-friendly fittings from Find Memory Care, including Door Cals, Numbers and Interchangeable Signage. (These products can be seen in the picture below).
Adding Door Cals with Numbers is an attractive way to introduce differentiation into a corridor, especially when all doors look the same. This design for dementia care strategy can be truly enabling for someone who has difficulty, or lacks confidence identifying the door to their own room. It also reduces the incidences of people entering the wrong room thinking it is their own, which can be a significant cause of stress and the associated issues.
Susan Garnett stated: “The renovation and the improvements on the unit have made a much more relaxed environment. The residents are much more relaxed as well, and you seem to get a better relationship with them.”
This week, Find Memory Care will be attending the biggest care event in the U.K., the 2017 Care Show in Birmingham.
Find will be running a competition to win a Door Bundle at the Care Show - Including a Door Cal, LetterBox, Knocker, Numbers, Memory Box & Bedroom Sign worth over £200!
The door bundle will help people with dementia, like the residents of Elmhurts, with way-finding and orientation. Come meet Find at stand number E3 and enter to win.
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Dementia Care Outstanding in Council Care Home
Dementia care and the importance of creating a dementia-friendly environment.
Hazel Garth and Flanshaw Lodge are two care homes in Wakefield that have demonstrated that their approach to creating the best dementia care environment helps improve dementia care.
Last week Find Memory Care’s Dementia Environment Specialist, Karen Clayton, visited Hazel Garth, Knottingley - a Wakefield Council care home for people with moderate to severe dementia.
Karen said, “Rarely do I see such fantastic social interaction between care staff and residents. To hear constant laughing and see residents really enjoying themselves was so uplifting.”
According to the nhs.uk, Hazel Garth offers accommodation for older adults living with dementia, who require nursing and personal dementia care.
The service can accommodate up to 24 adults - up to six beds are available for repsite and the other 18 beds are for people who require permanent accommodation.
Louise Fox, who Karen describes as an inspirational leader of Hazel Garth, has many projects underway and future plans to ensure she is continuously improving the experiences of her residents.
An anonymous reviewer on nhs.uk gave Hazel Garth a rating of 5 stars – they stated:
“Great care and staff. The home has a welcoming feel and the staff are really nice. The food is excellent and it’s always lovely and clean. The people who work there know about dementia care and are very caring. The manager is friendly and makes sure all the people who live there are well looked after.”
Hazel Garth currently holds a “good” Care Quality Commission inspection rating. However, in Karen’s personal experience she would definitely class the quality of care in this local care home as outstanding.
Another care home in Wakefield excelling in quality of dementia care is Hazel Garth’s sister home Flanshaw Lodge.
Flanshaw Lodge is managed by Tina Payne and has incorporated many of Find Memory Care’s phenomenal dementia specific products including signs, doorcals, vintage radios and record players, crockery, clocks, activities and more!
Find Memory Care are the designers and manufacturers of the original and most widely used dementia signage in the world. They lead the way in providing simple-but-effective products that help improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.
Find’s products won’t cure dementia but they will make living with dementia easier and will transform a home into a friendlier, less challenging environment - helping to prevent falls, reduce restlessness and restore confidence and dignity to people with dementia.
Simple environmental changes can result in an immediate positive impact within care homes providing dementia care.
This is because an engaging home is more comfortable and relaxing for people with dementia. It helps to prevent boredom and keeps people involved, active and conversational. All of which are vital for overall wellbeing and quality of life.
90% of distressed behaviour is caused by people and the environment (Bawley E-designing for Alzheimer’s disease strategies for creating better care environments).
Ricky Pollock of Stirling University presented research carried out in a hospital, reporting that an improved environment can:
Reduce slips, trips and falls by 70%
Alleviate distressed behaviour by 60%
Decrease incontinence episodes by 50%
With these statistics in mind, it's not surprising that a well designed environment can have an immediate and positive impact on dementia care.
Hazel Garth and Flanshaw Lodge are two homes that understand the importance of creating a dementia-friendly environment.
At a time when care homes usually hit the headlines for the wrong reasons, it is great to hear about care homes that are excelling in their quality of care.
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BBC Reports on Design for Dementia
The importance of the dementia care environment was the focus at the Liverpool DAA national conference on ‘Doing Dementia Design’ .
Here at Find we know the importance of the dementia care environment and often attend events like the one at Liverpool in September. Events like this provide designers and manufacturers of dementia-specific products with a great opportunity to demonstrate products for improving the dementia care environment.
According to the Dementia Action Alliance, this event was “aimed at planners, architects, housing staff and designers, as well as health and social care staff interested in the impact of physical environment on the well-being of people with dementia and their carers.”
BBC North West Today’s Merseyside reporter, Andy Gill, was in attendance on September 14th to report on the conference.
He states, “The idea behind this conference is to get architects and builders to think about people with dementia when they’re designing new buildings and rooms.”
Andy then motions to a backdrop provided by Find Memory Care, which compares a corridor with white walls and white doors to a colourful, dementia- friendly corridor designed by Find.
He says, “Have a look at this corridor here (gesturing to the plain corridor on the left) very uniform, grey and difficult with somebody with dementia to find their way around."
“This one though (gesturing to the colorful corridor on the right) lots of bright colours, lots of contrast. It’s easier for people with dementia to move along this corridor.”
Andy then turns to speak to dementia patient, Roy Foden, asking him what problems modern buildings present to him.
Roy responds, “On a daily basis, one of the problematic areas is visual spatial awareness in modern architecture, with lots of shiny materials. Shiny floors... smoked glass on the outsides of buildings.”
Andy asked why shiny floors present problems for him.
Roy answered “If I see a shiny floor or attempt to cross it, it looks like a river of water."
"Because of the affect, with my brain, with the Lewy Body Dementia that I suffer from.”
Andy turns to speak to Ruth Eley of the Liverpool Dementia Action Alliance.
He asks her why she thinks the 'Doing Dementia Design' conference is of importance.
Ruth responds, “Well you’ve heard from Roy how the environment can have a major impact on how confident you feel about getting out and about."
"We want to make sure that planners, architects, developers, house builders, as well as people who work in housing and health and social care, really understand the impact design has on people with dementia.”
Ruth continues, “I think there’s a growing awareness, but one of the things we want to do today is really come up with some good actions that we can take away to influence those people.”
Find Memory Care is the first and only company in the world specifically dedicated to designing and manufacturing products for care homes catering for dementia patients.
Their products make living with dementia easier - helping to prevent accidents, stimulating activity, reducing restlessness and restoring dignity to customers.
To watch to the interview that aired on BBC North West Today click here.
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Identifying Fire Safe Materials for Care Home Use
According to the European fire test and classification system, internal fire spread within a care home is influenced by ‘internal linings’ used in the building.
The key properties of these materials influencing fire spread are:
- Ease of ignition
- Rate at which the material gives off heat when burning, aiding the spread of fire
Performance standards require internal lining materials not to promote the spread of flames nor contribute significant heat release.
Fire spread performance of materials can be assessed to British Standards or the more rigorous European classification which also includes assessment of the production of smoke and flaming droplets.
Recommended performance standards for internal linings to walls and ceilings based on British and European Standards for the majority of buildings should exhibit a Class 1 surface spread of flame (Euroclass C) where it forms part of a circulation or protected route it should have a Class 0 (Euroclass B) rating.
At Find we take this very seriously, so wherever possible we aim to manufacture our products with materials that have been tested to Class 1 or Class 0 or their equivalent. We also test the materials ourselves for a visual reference of the behavior of the material when subject to a direct heat source.
Please take a look at the short video below as an illustration of the difference between two common materials found in Care Home environments. The first is a material we use for our Reminiscence Pictures and other Find products and you will see it doesn't independently support burning at all. The second is a widely used picture frame material, alarmingly often present in Care Home corridors:
Find products carrying the Fire Rated symbol are manufactured with materials that are formally classified as Class 1 or Class 0 or the European equivalent. For example our Murals and Doorcal products are entirely produced with Class 0 rated materials.
For more information, please feel free to contact us or alternatively, get in touch with your local fire service.
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- "Dementia care is sign of the times for firm" - Yorkshire Evening Post
Find Dining With Hugh McGivern: How to Manage Poor Appetite in People with Dementia
When caring for someone with dementia it becomes clear when they are eating healthily and happily and when they are not.
It can be challenging when someone with dementia begins to lose their appetite.
Consultant Chef Hugh McGivern shares 5 ways to help increase a person’s appetite and restore their interest in eating:
Identify those who are exhibiting signs of depression. Symptoms can be shown in many ways such as:
1. Being increasingly unsociable.
2. Displaying fluctuating behaviours.
3. Secluding themselves to stay within the confines of their room.
One way to provide extra support for these people is by giving them tasks and activities that allow them to feel a sense of purpose. Some of the most popular activities to aid people with dementia are Therapy Dolls, Fiddle Muffs and Jigsaws.
A Throw and Tell Activity Ball or a Reminiscence Board Game can also be great communication tools when someone becomes defensive and unapproachable – as they prompt interaction and help people to open up and feel more at ease.
When residents feel less stressed, they can develop more confidence to do things independently and are more inclined to walk around – This can result in good levels of energy and an increased appetite.
Hugh says: “There are also certain foods that can help alleviate some symptoms of depression. Start by finding out which vitamin or food group a person is deficient in. For example, if a resident is deficient in Tyrosine, then eating foods with Tyrosine (such as avocado or turkey) can increase their appetite which, in turn, will boost their confidence and mood!”
Encouraging gentle exercise helps with circulation, digestion and energy levels. A person sitting around all day being inactive can develop a poor appetite and low energy levels.
Hugh says: “For residents who get limited physical activity and exercise, you can introduce certain foods that will increase their vitality. Lots of fresh green vegetables and fruits such as kiwi and blackberries can help improve energy levels.”
People with dementia often have issues with cognition, dexterity and communication.
Hugh says: “Just because their ability to communicate may have lessened, doesn’t mean they should eat what we feel is appropriate.”
So, wherever possible listen to people’s food likes and dislikes.
Hugh continues: “If they struggle to speak, enlist the help of either a speech therapist or doctor to find out their food preferences and then adapt their meals to best suit them.”
“If a person has little or no ability to communicate, a good way to tell if they are enjoying their food is by watching their eyes during meal times.”
Hugh says: “Use common sense and record the amounts eaten at each meal to ensure the residents stay healthy. For example, residents who engage in the least activity require meals that are lower in carbohydrates and saturated fats.”
As always, have patience and compassion to help keep residents’ anxiety levels low and to ensure they get the best nutrition.
Improve the dining environment
According to Hugh, the environment can have a massive impact on ones well being during meal time.
Hugh states: “A resident can be affected by eating as they might feel inadequate and embarrassed to eat in front of others. In this case, it may be advantageous to have the resident eat 1 on 1 with a carer in a quieter area.”
Care homes often have rooms that are under used or not used at all that can easily be transformed into an alternative choice of where to spend time.
Find Memory Care Café Murals are particularly popular additions to care facilities, as they can be dressed up to have food and drink readily available.
(Read about a care home in West Yorkshire that recently installed a row of Find Mural shop fronts here.)
It is also effective to use Pictorial Menu Boards to present meal choices to people with dementia.
Research shows that providing residents with a name and picture of their food options is the best approach for presenting menu choices - as it stimulates the visual and language areas of the brain, assisting the process of retrieving information.
Find’s Pictorial Menu Boards include an analogue clock and clearly communicate what meal is next and when it will be served. (Each board also comes with 240 high quality images of popular food choices!)
Incorporate coloured crockery
- The latest findings from the NHS show that patients eating from blue plates consume up to 20% more of their meal.
Chef Hugh explains that when a person’s visual perception changes, it becomes extremely hard to recognise certain types of foods. So serving food on a coloured plate will promote visual understanding and will also help residents with sight problems to see the food more clearly.
The crockery in our Find Dining range comes in the colour options of blue, ivory and yellow.
Because food groups are rarely blue or yellow, the colours of the crockery contrasts with most food making it the main focus of the user!
This encourages users to eat and drink more, which helps them to meet their daily intake levels.
For more of Hugh’s tips and recipes visit his website.
As a consultant, Hugh does bespoke visits to private clients, care homes and businesses associated with care and dementia. Email for more details: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Reducing Fire Risks in Care Homes and Hospitals
Understandably fire safety in the U.K. is under a great amount of scrutiny at present.
As a result, we are receiving an increasing amount of questions from people - about what is safe to have in care environments and what poses a fire hazard.
Christopher Kemp, from the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, helped us to answer a few of your questions.
1. In terms of wall coverings, what is suitable and what is not suitable?
Christopher says, “When rating the safety of a corridor, we look at classes which measure the rate of the surface spread of flame.”
If every component of the material placed on walls carries an acceptable class rating (‘Class 0’ is the highest rating and most effective at preventing spread of fire) they are deemed safe – anything less may pose a fire risk.
So, wallpaper and murals are suitable IF they fall under an acceptable class.
2. Is it safe to place things on doors?
3. Can we stick bits of paper on walls?
We’re all guilty of this, but they answer is - no.
One of the main challenges in public buildings, particularly in schools, is the amount of paper covering the walls – which in the event of a fire, would increase the rate of the surface spread of flame.
Christopher says, “If paper is placed on walls, ideally, it should be under a fire safe display cabinet - measuring a maximum of 1 metre square. There should then be a maximum of a 2 metre square space between each display, to prevent flame from rapidly spreading.”
4. What if the bits of paper are laminated?
Many people don’t know, but this is also big no-no!
Unless of course, the laminate has a good fire rating.
Otherwise, laminated paper on walls IS a fire risk and will allow the fire to spread more quickly.
Where possible, Find make every effort to ensure our dementia-friendly products meet the highest possible standards for fire safety. We'll soon be sharing videos of how we test for fire safety, so watch this space!
Still have questions?
Please feel free to contact us or alternatively, get in touch with your local fire service.
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How To Ensure Your Care Home Is Fire Safe!
There’s lots of fire safety legislation in the U.K. - which can sometimes be confusing to understand and even conflicting!
In an attempt to provide Find’s customers with a simplified explanation of fire-safe products for care homes, we sought out specialist advice on the current requirements.
This helped us to learn precisely how the regulations are worded, in the language of the fire service, to ensure we are able to demonstrate this to you.
From working with the fire service, we know that flames are spread largely via walls and ceilings, rather than floors.
What does this mean?
This means the choice of materials for walls and ceilings can significantly affect the spread of a fire and its rate of growth - even though they are not likely to be the materials first ignited.
Because we know that wall furniture and fixtures play a huge part in fire safety, we’ve ensured the materials used to manufacture Find Door-Cals and Wallpaper Murals (pictured below) carry a fire rating equivalent to the British 'Class 0'.
What is a Class 0?
The British Standard has dealt with the testing and measurement of combustibility of building materials - It measures the surface spread of flame of a material.
‘Class 0’ is defined as the highest standard for preventing the surface spread of flame of a material.
‘Class 0’ is also the standard required for use on the London Underground and is a higher fire-rating than most paint!
So why is this important?
Although fire incidents in care homes are statistically very low, meeting the standards of fire safety provides solutions to some of the most common issues - which if not properly addressed, can become fire code violations that contribute to fires and endanger elderly or disabled residents and emergency response efforts.
It will also help ensure your home is not branded as having fire hazards by fire service inspectors.
When you purchase Find’s Door-Cals or Murals you are also purchasing reassurance and security. Each component used to manufacture these products carries the highest fire rating – compared to other products that may not have anything of a 0 rating, making them much cheaper and far from the same quality.
When it comes to designing products, we take fire safety very seriously and, as such, ensure all Find products do not cause any risk to those whom they are designed to assist.
Enhancing your residents’ lives, particularly through way-finding and mental stimulation, is Find’s main area of focus.
To be fully prepared for a fire emergency, we recommend liaising with your local fire and rescue service - to ensure satisfactory access for fire appliances, assisting fire-fighters in the saving lives of people in and around your building.
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Alleviate the Stress of Going on Holiday with Dementia
For people with dementia, both new and familiar environments become very intimidating – as they find it increasingly difficult to remember where things are.
From our extensive work in care homes and hospitals, we know that an unfamiliar environment often causes distress for people with dementia.
So, developing ways to help people independently find their way around, allowing them to feel less stressed and more confident, is our main area of focus.
A simple action, such as correctly locating the toilet or finding a certain item, gives a person an immediate sense of achievement that can be mood uplifting.
An environment that provides good clues about where to go can help reduce falls and incontinence - which assists in minimising frustration and agitation. This makes a caregiver’s job more enjoyable and keeps extra costs down.
Are you starting to see a ripple effect here?
A dementia friendly environment can also encourage activity, which, in turn, helps to increase people’s appetites. This ensures healthy levels of nutrition and hydration are maintained - which means they are less vulnerable to further illnesses.
One way Find makes significant environmental improvements a much simpler process, is by creating Re-usable Signs and Labels that people with dementia can bring with them almost anywhere.
The signs can be applied to nearly any surface and then removed at a later time - to store away until they need to be used again.
As you can imagine, the prospect of visiting a new place may be overwhelming for someone with dementia - as finding their way around a strange environment may seem too difficult to manage.
Bringing along a set of a set of Re-usable Signs and Labels can help to alleviate this stress.
Carol Sargent, PhD, Co-Founder and CEO of Mind For You – a company that offers supported holidays for people living with dementia – has been bringing Find’s Re-usable Signs and Labels on her trips for years.
(Our Toilet & Bathroom sign being used on one of Carol’s recent trips.)
Carol said: “Some guests rely on the signage to find their rooms and equally to find the bathroom. You see them looking and it makes and unfamiliar environment easier to use.”
For the last 8 years, Carol has been supporting her mother and mother-in-law, who both have dementia. Mind For You Ltd. was founded after her personal and professional experience showed that there were limited holiday options for people living with dementia and their carers.
Carol said: “Often finding the downstairs in a new property is extremely difficult. The signs really help to guide them.”
She continues: “The signs are also really cost effective. We’ve re-used them countless times and they still work brilliantly.”
A really important aspect of our Re-usable Signs and Labels is that they allow customers to maintain dignity. The last thing someone with dementia may want is to highlight their personal difficulties, so the signs and labels can be removed and replaced when needed.
Effecting significant changes to a dementia environment isn't easy, so we've put a lot of our time and effort into designing options that create significant environmental change in an uncomplicated way.
An environment that enables people to find their way around is more comfortable and relaxing for people with dementia – as it is for anyone.
A comfortable environment ensures people are less stressed - improving overall wellbeing and quality of life.
So... Don’t let dementia get in the way of your summer holiday!
To find out more about Mind For You holidays, please email email@example.com or call 01509 351008 or 07788292938.
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What Memories Are Made Of
Engaging in reminiscence can powerfully impact the wellbeing of a person living with dementia - it stimulates communication and helps to trigger their positive, existing memories.
Reminiscing creates fantastic opportunities for getting to know the story of a person’s life and engaging in this way can help to build relationships of trust and friendship between the person, their care givers and other loved ones.
People living with dementia may experience high levels of stress on a day to day basis - as they may struggle to make sense of what is going on around them. This may make them appear guarded or pre-occupied. Information gathered through reminiscence can be used to start conversations or to help a person with dementia feel more at ease when they feel distressed.
Reminiscence can also help a person coping with memory loss to regain their confidence as they recognise their belongings and recall past events. This is important as people with dementia will struggle to create or retain new memories and their reality may be at an earlier time in their life.
Reminiscence provides caregivers, family members and loved ones with valuable insight into an individual’s memories and allows them to understand their current reality. Moreover, it reinforces the valuable mantra ‘see the person first, rather than the dementia’.
This can enable the person with dementia to feel less bewildered, and reduce the stress and discomfort that accompanies confusion - making life more enjoyable for everyone.
Sue Goldsmith, Head of Care Quality & Dementia at The Care Home Coach, shares her experience with the power of reminiscence.
Sue states: “I have seen amazing results through the use of reminiscence over the years, where the person living with dementia has sparkled as they have relived important times in their life and become the focus of real-life conversation rather than the receiver of care. Furthermore, I have learnt so much as an individual through reminiscence with others, including how to sing ‘Silent Night’ in German!”
Sue continues: “One lady living in a care home that I was working in hadn’t uttered a single word for many months. Staff knew that she was a German lady and had learnt a few words in order to communicate in a basic way. However, she seemed completely disinterested until she joined a small reminiscence group at Christmas time which focussed on traditional music, tasty treats and a trip down memory lane. When Silent Night came on, the lady closed her eyes and sang it in German. The whole room fell quiet as we looked on, open-mouthed. When she finished, the applause from everyone in the room was deafening. She opened her eyes, which were filled with tears but also had a sparkle that we hadn’t seen before.”
Sue says: “From that day forward, every care worker heard about that story and everyone made more of an effort to get to know her better, and the things that were important to her. Other music was sourced and she was able to share her life in Germany, including her experience of the war, with others. Reminiscence can help to open the door for many people who may feel lost in today’s world and give them the opportunity to participate in meaningful conversation with a real feeling of confidence.”
Find’s Director, Peter Rose, adds: “This is a very moving and meaningful story which perfectly illustrates the power of reminiscence. And to be honest, even that can't express the good feelings this woman must have experienced as a result of what happened.”
He continues: “As some people say, at the end of the day memories are all we have. So bringing the good ones to the fore and being able to relive them and how they feel is almost the essence of life itself.”
Find Memory Care is launching a new collection of images dedicated to reminiscence. Our expertise prompts us to offer a carefully selected library of era-specific, familiar images on common themes that most people will associate with good memories and thereby stimulate reminiscence and all the benefits it can provide.
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BBC Radio Leeds Meets Find Memory Care!
Find Memory Care is the first and only company in the world specifically dedicated to designing and manufacturing products for dementia care environments. Our products make living with dementia easier and will transform a home into a friendlier, less challenging environment - helping to prevent accidents, stimulating activity, reducing restlessness and restoring dignity to our customer’s.
Find created the world‘s first and most popular dementia-specific signage. Over the past decade, our product range has developed significantly to cover way-finding, reminiscence themes and orientation aids with further exclusive designs including dementia-friendly crockery, clocks, bathroom accessories, activities and more.
We recently collaborated with Anchor Care Homes to install a ‘high street’ of shop front Murals. Including a General Store, Post Office, Book Shop, Hat and Coat Shop, Flower Shop, and Tea Room!
BBC Radio Leeds was excited to see the high street shop fronts and to learn more about Find so this week they came to meet us!
Find’s Dementia Environment Specialist, Karen Clayton, and Director Peter Rose met with BBC Radio Leeds. When asked about the significance of transforming Springfield Anchor Care Home’s corridor with Find’s dementia-specific Murals, Karen Clayton stated: “
“In dementia care environments, it’s your corridor areas that really need to have some form of stimulation to keep people from getting bored. Being able to walk down this corridor has so many different affects because it is so interesting and interactive."
"You’ve got the Tea Room with cup, saucers, chocolate biscuits and crisps that are there to help yourself to - which is important in a care home because you want people eating and drinking - but you also find that when people see the Post Office, for example, they remember they live next it, so they are a great orientation aids as well. So there are many reasons why you would do this...Relieving boredom, giving interest and orientation."
Karen continues: “By making the Murals 3- D, you’re making it quite lifelike. For instance, the Post Box is a real, working post box. If you look down the corridor and see the bookshop it has books on its shelves. They’re not pretend books, they’re real books... So help yourself to a book! They give people things to do and make it as close to real life as possible within a confined space.”
BBC Radio Leeds then wanted to know about the man behind the idea and the company behind the incredible Murals. When Find’s Director, Peter Rose, was asked how Find came to be. He responded:
“Find was initially a bit of an accident, really, because we didn’t work in this field at all. I was invited by Bupa to design some signage, because we were a signage company 10 years ago, and they wanted a design specifically for people with dementia. We’ve always been a real can do business so I just accepted the challenge before I realised what on earth I'd let myself in for.”
Peter continues: “Having done my own research and gathered what was available at the time (which was very, very little surprisingly - even though it was only a decade ago) I created a design which catered to the cognitive issues that people with dementia typically faced. We sent that to Bupa and they sent me to the University of Stirling in Scotland to discuss these designs further. Everyone thought they were terrific and, well, the proof is in the putting really."
“Here we are 10 years later and that sign design is in use across hundreds of hospitals and thousands of care homes. Not just in the UK, but now in America and I’m just talking to a company in New Zealand who want to take our products on as well."
To listen to our full interview with BBC Radio Leeds click here.
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Find Dining with Hugh McGivern: Creating a Better Dining Environment
When you are catering and caring for vulnerable people, a dining room must be comfortable, safe and adaptable!
Using some simple and effective tips, you can create a comfortable dining environment that residents will enjoy.
In Chef Hugh’s dementia food charter (written with Marsha Tuffin and the Abbeyfield Society and edited by Find’s director) he offers some tops tips for creating a better dining environment for people with dementia.
His food charter, entitled A Guide to Setting Out the Meal Standards for Residents, suggests the following points:
Make it enjoyable:
Allow family members to dine with relatives on certain days to create a more restaurant feel – giving the dining area a real sense of purpose.
For those with eating issues, it may also be an idea to allow family members to dine with the resident to encourage a better eating regime.
Encourage residents to dress up on certain days! This will make their meal more enjoyable and become a memorable experience with carers. Dressing up will also promote a positive environment.
Where possible, it is always a great idea to allow the residents to set the table, for those that are not as mobile as others they can still take part in the exercise by doing small jobs such as folding napkins.
If someone has a favourite tablecloth from their home it is also an idea to have this on their table.
For those residents who require a quiet time to eat it is an idea to allow them to dine early with limited distractions and noise.
At meal times, it is important to maintain consistency to act as stimulus and to allow residents to feel comfortable. Sitting next to the same people is as important as setting a nice table.
Maintain consistency in menus by offering certain foods on the same days throughout the week. For example, fish on a Friday and roast beef on a Sunday.
Use Pictorial Menu Boards to present meal choices to people with dementia.
Research shows that providing residents with a name and picture of their food options is the best approach for presenting menu choices, as it stimulates the visual and language areas of the brain, assisting the process of retrieving information.
Find’s Pictorial Menu Boards include an analogue clock and clearly communicate what meal is next and when it will be served. Additionally, each board comes with 240 high quality images of popular food choices.
Menus that are already in operation can be easily manipulated to meet the needs of residents with dementia, without creating a lot of extra work for the carers or costs to the kitchen.
The latest findings from the NHS show that patients eating from blue plates consume up to 20% more of their meal.
Chef Hugh explains the overriding benefit of incorporating coloured crockery in the dining room is that it helps residents with sight problems see the food more clearly.
Hugh explains that when ones visual perception changes it would be extremely hard for a resident to recognize certain types of foods. However, serving food on a coloured plate will promote visual understanding.
The crockery in our Find Dining range comes in the colour options of blue, ivory and yellow. As food groups are rarely blue or yellow, the colours of the crockery contrasts with most food making it the main focus of the user. This encourages users to eat and drink more, which helps them to meet their daily intake levels.
Create a Nutritious Menu:
We have a responsibility to make sure there is nutritious food available for residents - this can be in the form of finger foods and bite sized snacks.
Offer appealing foods that have familiar flavours, varied textures, and different colours and give the person opportunities to make choices.
For example, a bento style box that contains a selection of snacks in a brightly coloured box can be as attractive as a flower to a bee.
Below, Hugh has provided some recipes he prepared for a Kosher client. The foods were developed to fit in Bento Boxes so the Care Home had nutritious snacks available 24/7.
Hugh’s personal favourite is the salmon - he often prepares it for friends and cooks it on skewers on the BBQ. Try one of these out for yourself this week!
Honey & Ginger Salmon:
3 tbsp. orange juice
tbsp. olive oil
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup soy sauce
2 spring onions, thinly sliced
1 tbsp. finely minced fresh gingerroot
4 6-oz pieces of salmon, filleted, skin removed
4 cups steamed japanese rice (equal quantities rice to water with ½ chilli & 2cm grated ginger)
8 strips of dried nori (seaweed)
Salt to taste
150 g flour (plain)
150 g butter
35 olives (black) (finely chopped)
150 g cheese (grated)
1 pinch(es) paprika
Olive oil (for greasing the baking tray)
500g salmon pieces (bite size)
Ghee butter to baste
2 peppers (yellow)
2 peppers (green)
300 ml yoghurt (natural)
3 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp garam masala
1 tbsp cumin seeds (white)
1 tbsp ginger (ground)
2 tsp chillies (red, crushed)
2 tsp garlic puree
225 g chicken fillets
100 g breadcrumbs
1 pinch(es) cardamom pods (green)
1 pinch(es) coriander seeds
1/2 tsp peppercorns (pink)
4 tbsp olive oil
1 lemon rind tip (use 1 lemon for every 4 servings)
4 tbsp lemon juice
Take some button mushrooms, wash and dry well
Take 3 containers and put seasoned flour into 1, beaten egg in another and a mixture of breadcrumbs and coconut in the third
Take each mushroom and pass through the flour, then egg and finally the breadcrumb mix
Fry in hot oil for 30-40 seconds and drain onto kitchen paper
Take a cup of good mayonnaise and add to this 2 finely chopped cloves of garlic, season lightly and mix well
For more of Hugh’s recipes visit his website. As a consultant, Hugh does bespoke visits to private clients, care homes and businesses associated with care and dementia. Email for more details: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find Brings a Row of High Street Shops to Anchor Springfield Care Home!
One of Find’s recent successful launches is our growing range of Murals. We recently collaborated with Anchor Care Homes to install a ‘high street’ of shop fronts. Including a General Store, Post Office, Book Shop, Hat and Coat Shop, Flower Shop, and Tea Room.
Anchor Springfield’s Resident Manager, Vicki Hemsworth, states: “We previously worked with Find to add a corner shop mural with a 3-D market barrow to our resident’s dining area. We dressed it up with baskets of real fruit, crisps and biscuits so customers can come and help themselves to a snack whenever they want.”
Vicki continues: “The new space had an instant visual impact and we immediately noticed that it was encouraging people to eat and drink more, socialise and reminisce.”
“We wanted to create an even bigger impact by adding Murals to a larger surface so we worked with Find to turn our entire upstairs corridor into a market street!”
Vicki Hemsworth states, “The new market street keeps people engaged and promotes conversation. People can get a newspaper from the general store, try on hats, look at flowers or chat to each other in the Tea Room. The shops also help customers with way-finding as they are more recognisable. Before, all of our corridors looked the same and no one took notice of the pictures hanging on the walls.”
Vicki said, “Our staff takes real pride and ownership of the changes to the environment. They can see a change in customers and how happy the new spaces make them.”
“We’ve recently been revalidated for accreditation and inspectors were over the moon with the changes to the environment. We strongly believe these will further enhance our CQC rating.”
Murals have proved to be a powerful and effective tool within care homes and hospitals - creating a refreshed and interesting environment and encouraging social interaction between residents.
Find Memory Care Murals are carefully designed to incorporate the right amount of ‘real’ attributes without causing confusion and frustration and we strongly advise that Murals incorporate 3-dimensional, interactive elements too. These are important because they make an experience real and allow users to engage with the environment that the Mural creates.
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Wakefield CCG Medical Centre Incorporates Dementia-Friendly Signage!
Susan Gilbert, Practice Nurse at Tieve Tara Medical Centre in Castleford, proudly stands with her Find Memory Care dementia-friendly signage. (The sign has been placed at the recommend 1.2-1.4 meters above the ground and is shown in relation to Susan who is 5ft).
Tieve Tara is part of the NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which plans and pays for local health services in the Wakefield and Five Towns district.
Signage fulfils a crucial role within medical centres. By installing appropriate signage, in clearly visible places, many serious issues can be alleviated or prevented.
Medical centre’s can be big, intimidating places - which cause people to become anxious and stressed if they are unable to find their way around. Adding reliable, reassuring, visual orientation aids to the environment is a long-term solution that Tieve Tara know is a good investment for their visitors.
Susan Gilbert says: “The signage is making a positive difference to the environment, enabling people to locate the toilet quickly and find the consultation rooms with ease.”
In addition to Tieve Tara, Find has been working with other medical centres and churches in the area – helping them to implement improvements that make them more accessible and easier to use.
Find created the world‘s first and most popular dementia-specific signage. Over the past decade, our product range has developed significantly to cover way-finding, reminiscence themes and orientation aids with further exclusive designs including dementia-friendly crockery, clocks, bathroom accessories, activities and more.
Monies are available in the Wakefield area, through the Innovation Fund, for those wishing to make their environment more dementia-friendly. Please contact Find Memory Care for more information.
To learn more about Find Memory Care’s products visit our website.
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Find Dining with Hugh McGivern: How to Improve the Dining Experience with Dementia!
Chef Hugh McGivern has written a Dementia Food Charter for the Abbeyfield Society (edited by Find’s director) that is now used in over 300 homes throughout the UK.
The Food Charter, entitled A Guide to Setting Out the Meal Standards for Residents, was created to assist Abbeyfield houses in providing the best care and services for nutrition and overall wellbeing.
The guide includes a whole chapter on feeding and the use of photographs and coloured crockery as stimulus for people with dementia.
Hugh writes, “Our aim is to improve the dining experience. For a lot of residents this is the highlight of their day and can affect their mood for the remainder of their day.”
He continues, “Prior to each meal it may be necessary to prompt the resident to whichever meal they are about to have, showing a pictorial menu of their meal. Having a conversation about the meal is a great method of stimulus. “
In accordance with Hugh’s advice and existing research, Find Memory Care recently introduced our new Picture Menu Boards.
Picture Menu Boards are particularly effective for people with dementia because they stimulate the visual and language areas of the brain - assisting the process of retrieving information.
Find’s Pictorial Menu Boards include an analogue clock and clearly communicate what meal is next and when it will be served. Additionally, each board comes with 240 high quality images of popular food choices.
Chef Hugh explains the benefits of incorporating coloured crockery in the dining room. (The latest findings from the NHS show that patients eating from blue plates eat up to 20% more of their meal).
Hugh writes, “When ones visual perception changes it would be extremely hard for a resident to recognize certain types of foods; for example macaroni and cheese on a white plate would just blend in, however serving food on a coloured plate will promote visual understanding.”
The crockery in our Find Dining range comes in the colour options of blue, ivory and yellow. As food groups are rarely blue or yellow, the colours of the crockery contrasts with most food making it the main focus of the user. This encourages users to eat and drink more, which helps them to meet their daily intake levels.
Hugh explains how coloured crockery is also important in assisting residents to drink. He states:
“Agnosia is the term we use in dementia when ones recognition is impaired. For example; a resident who knows a fork is used for eating but mistakes a fork for a spoon. Visually this extends to drinking, a resident might find it difficult to see/recognize a glass of water in a clear cup, changing to a coloured cup will aid recognition.”
Find has created crockery and drinkware to resemble ceramic and glass almost exactly. Unlike other assistive products available, this feels like ‘the real thing’ and makes using them altogether a better experience.
For more of Hugh’s recipes visit his website. As a consultant, Hugh does bespoke visits to private clients, care homes and businesses associated with care and dementia. Email for more details: email@example.com.
Have You Heard?! Find Has Created A Fiddle Muff Apron!
Drum roll please...Introducing the brand new Fiddle Muff Activity Apron from Find Memory Care!
The Find Memory Care design team created this one of a kind product to join their ever popular Fiddle Muff range.
For the purpose of keeping people stimulated and relieving restlessness, the Fiddle Muff Activity Apron includes various tactile materials. The carefully chosen elements provide a soothing and interactive activity for people with dementia.
The front side of the apron incorporates a version of Find's best selling Fiddle Muff - with a tactile, plush lining and a soft, squeezable, anti-stress ball designed to keep the hands warm and occupied.
Suitable for both male and female adult users, the apron is weighted sufficiently to allow the user to feel comforted and secure when using it.
The apron is made from a durable, yet soft, denim material with a plush fur waffle design on the back side, which prevents it from slipping. An adjustable strap is also included in the design to provide further security if desired.
Find has also included 6 detachable clear PVC pockets, which are discreetly placed behind hook and loop corduroy flaps. These pockets can be used to display photographs or notes - giving the user a personalised product, which may also prompt memories and stimulate reminiscence.
Find is the first and only company in the world specifically dedicated to designing and manufacturing products for dementia care environments. Their products make living with dementia easier and will transform a home into a friendlier, less challenging environment - helping to prevent slips, trips and falls, reducing restlessness and restoring confidence and dignity to their customers’ lives.
Find has tons of exciting things to share this year and will be attending The Alzheimer's Shows coming up. The brand new Fiddle Muff Activity Apron will be on display at the events - in addition to their other phenomenal, dementia-specific products.
Find Memory Care has had great success with Murals and their Post Office Mural with 3-D Pillar Box (pictured below) will also be showcased at the Alzheimer’s London Show.
If you’re attending the Alzheimer’s Shows, come meet Find at stand number E2 in London on June 9th & 10th and B11 in Manchester on June 23rd &24th.
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Find and Places for People Bring a Dementia Friendly Pub to Loughborough!
Connaught House, an Extra Care scheme in Loughborough for the over 55’s, now has a dementia friendly activities room in the style of an old fashioned pub!
Designed by Find Memory Care to encourage regular social activities, the new pub provides a social setting for residents to participate in a variety of activities such as: playing games and completing jigsaws, listening to music, reminiscing and more.
Service Support Officer, Tara Wyllyams-Bond, said: “Each morning before we open the pub we pull apart jigsaws and place them on the tables. By the time we close in the evening, they’re all put together again!”
Connaught House is a Places for People Extra Care development. Find has recently worked with Stephen Miller at the Places for People scheme Manor Gardens, Bolton and opened a dementia friendly cafe (before and after picture below). Find designed the vintage café to trigger happy memories with the use of reminiscence and orientation aids. The new additions to both facilities have already proven to provide numerous benefits.
Can you believe this is the same space?
Find’s murals are carefully designed to incorporate the right amount of ‘real’ attributes without causing confusion and frustration. To create an interactive reality, rather than a false one, murals should incorporate 3-dimensional, interactive elements.
For example, both Places for People Schemes have added the attainable elements of tables, chairs, a bar or counter and reminiscence dementia activities. This facilitates interaction within the scene the mural creates.
Places for People have committed to making all of their care facilities dementia friendly within the next two years - Connaught House and Manor Gardens being their first flagship facilities.
Find has helped hundreds of care facilities achieve remarkable improvements to environments, assisting them in overcoming difficulties and improving quality of life for residents.
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Find Dining: Exclusive Tips & Recipes from Consultant Development Chef Hugh McGivern!
Over the last decade Hugh McGivern has developed recipes to alleviate various symptoms associated with dementia, including:
- Disruptive sleep patterns
- Weight loss/gain
Hugh has worked alongside specialists from KCL, Aston University and Bradford University, audited Kings on Nutrition for the Elderly and wrote a Dementia Food Charter for The Abbeyfield Society (edited by Find’s director) - which is now used in over 300 homes throughout the UK.
Find Memory Care is thrilled to be teaming up with Hugh to bring you exclusive recipes and nutrition tips for dementia!
Some of the many challenges people with dementia face are issues with eating and drinking. Maintaining healthy levels of nutrition and hydration is absolutely vital for people with dementia, but it's often a struggle for them.
Insufficient nutrition and hydration levels lead to many other problems including exhaustion, loss of muscle strength and greater risk for infection and illness. Additionally, the symptoms of dementia can significantly worsen as lack of nutrients causes increased confusion and difficulties with memory.
Ensuring a healthy, and typically high calorie, diet will improve quality of life and help retain physical and mental abilities for longer.
Hugh has partnered with Find to offer valuable tips to encourage people with dementia to eat and drink more - improving overall wellbeing!
This week, Hugh is sharing a recipe he developed to help with sleep! It’s a variation of American Egg Nog called: Turkish Delight Bedtime Drink
What ingredients you’ll need:
- 250ml semi-skimmed milk
- 110ml double cream
- 1 Tbsp of “good” cocoa powder (with a good pinch of both cinnamon and nutmeg added)
- 3 egg yolks
- 25g caster sugar
- 3 drops of rosewater
- 25g grated dark chocolate
- Warm the cream, milk and rosewater in a thick based saucepan. Do not boil!
- In a bowl whisk the egg yolks, sugar and cocoa powder.
- When the milk mix is hot pour onto the egg yolks and whisk. Return to the pan over a low heat and whisk for 30 seconds.
- Pour into warmed mugs, sprinkle with the grated chocolate and enjoy.
Why this works:
When milk and cream is heated, the naturally occurring tryptophan is released – this process is then accelerated by adding nutmeg and cinnamon. With a finishing touch of dark chocolate (which contains flavonols) you have produced a natural drink that should aid a better night’s sleep.
Tip: For those that need to gain weight, make the drink with half whole milk and half cream.
People living with dementia often need to include extra proteins and fats in their diets and this drink is an easy, delicious way to do that!
For best results – Drink the Turkish Delight Bedtime Drink 45-60 minutes before bedtime to give all the ingredients enough time to work their magic.
In recent years, Find Memory Care has helped to transform the dining experience for those living with dementia.
One of the most important benefits of the crockery and drinkware in our Find Dining range is the products promote improvements in nutrition and hydration while restoring the dignity of the user.
For more of Hugh’s recipes visit his website. As a consultant, Hugh does bespoke visits to private clients, care homes and businesses associated with care and dementia. Email for more details: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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What Are You Doing For Dementia Awareness Week?
It’s Dementia Awareness Week 2017! Find Memory Care will be attending events taking place across the U.K. and Ireland.
Throughout the week, Find will unite with the community to raise awareness, offer help and understanding, and most importantly provide solutions to improve care and quality of life for people with dementia.
We pride ourselves on our expertise and are constantly improving to ensure we continue to lead the way in designing the most efficient, life enhancing, dementia-specific products in the world.
Dementia is set to be the 21st century's biggest killer. If we stand together we can spread awareness and ensure people with dementia feel understood and valued. This can be achieved by making certain that every public building, care home and hospital becomes dementia friendly.
What does dementia friendly mean?
Dementia friendly translates into everyday life. It is the awareness of how the environment impacts people with dementia and ensuring every person with dementia feels comfortable in their surroundings and is able to be part of their community. Everyone from hospitals to local care facilities is responsible for ensuring that people with dementia feel understood and safe.
Find Memory Care facilitates the creation of dementia friendly environments throughout the UK and across the globe by providing solutions including enabling people with dementia to locate the toilet, maintain healthy levels of nutrition and hydration and engage in activities that make them happy and improve their overall well-being.
We have done some incredible work in all care settings with great success and are so excited to share this with all of you.
Where to find us during Dementia Awareness Week:
Monday 15th May:
Radio Yorkshire – Leeds
Find’s Dementia Environment Specialist, Karen Clayton, will be on Radio Yorkshire’s morning show! Kicking off Dementia Awareness Week by discussing how Find uniquely facilitates the creation of entire dementia friendly environments.
Monday 15th May & Tuesday 16th May:
9th International Dementia Conference “Dementia in Ireland” – City West Hotel, Dublin
Over 350 delegates join to make up Ireland’s biggest dementia conference! Covering best practice in dementia and design, research priorities for dementia in Ireland, new projects and approaches, national dementia strategy initiatives and more!
Tuesday 16th May:
Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS - Dementia Conference – Mickleover Golf Club, Derby
Find is presenting at this Dementia Conference organised by Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Wednesday 17th May:
North East Dementia Friendly Design Seminar – Rugby Football Club, Darlington
We will be presenting during the seminar. Topics discussed will all be related to dementia friendly design.
Thursday 18th May:
Alzheimer's Society Annual Conference – The Grand Connaught Rooms, London
This year the Alzheimer's Society merges their annual research and policy conferences to create this new flagship annual conference - bringing together the health, social care, research and policy communities to discuss how best to improve the quality of life for people affected by dementia.
Make sure you join the fight to improve quality of life for people with dementia and get out to some events!
For more information contact a Find team member.
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Why good lighting is important for people with dementia
Have you ever wondered if dementia affects vision?
People with dementia typically find it more difficult to distinguish differences in colour and contrasts, as their eyes become less sensitive to light and slower at adjusting to changes in light levels.
Patterns and reflections can cause confusion and there’s often a loss of colour perception. Dark area’s can be misinterpreted as holes and shadows to be solid objects - over which they might fall.
These visual impairments can lead to all manner of misinterpretations and make it difficult for people to do things they need to do. Simple things like traversing a corridor can become a terrifying ordeal.
Poor vision also increases the risk of accidents and someone may become scared to get out of bed when it’s dark - fearing they will fall.
This is why it is vital to have good lighting available everywhere to reduce these challenges and assist people in finding their way around their environment.
Find’s supplementary lighting products can fill this gap and accommodate the particular needs people with dementia have. Our lighting is designed to be used in a variety of specific places and circumstances throughout the home.
For example, The Under Bed Light, provides reassuring light in a brief moment of need when someone gets up in the middle of the night. It provides essential lighting to help keep people safe from falls and increases confidence when getting up.
Which supplementary lighting fixture is right for you?
There are different types of supplementary lighting available and it is important to consider the best types of lighting to use in various parts of the home. Examine areas that need more light and observe where the lighting will need to be positioned.
Maybe you need additional lighting under cabinets in the kitchen to help with kitchen tasks or extra lights in shower areas and wardrobes to support independent personal care?
We recommend adding several lights in darker spaces such as cabinets and wardrobes to provide people with extra assistance in finding items and completing tasks.
Features of Find LED lighting solutions:
- No electrical connection.
- Equipped with a detachable mounting plate for efficient charging.
- Easily installed and removed.
- Built with a high-quality lithium battery pack.
- Under light can run an entire year on only two charges!
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The Caring UK Conference in Bournemouth
2017 marks the 17th year of the Caring UK regional care conferences. The event welcomes a variety of care providers and organisations who work in the elderly care sector.
After a successful 16 years, organisers of the Caring UK conference are excited to return and feel confident that this year’s delegates will be impressed! These one day conferences will be held in 6 different cities throughout the U.K. - Find Memory Care will be attending the Bournemouth conference on the 10th of May.
As a special promotion, we will be giving delegates the chance to win one of our brand new Picture Menu Boards - Including 240 free high quality food images! (£168 value). Visit our stand on the day for more information.
Find is the first company in the world specifically dedicated to the design and manufacture of a range of products for dementia care environments.
Our new Picture Menu Board enables meal choices to be displayed perfectly and appropriately. Pictures are inserted into the rigid, clear, non-reflective windows so they are secure and easy to see.
Research shows that providing residents with a name and picture of their food options is the best approach for presenting menu choices and improves the dining experience. This is because pictorial menu boards present people with multiple, clear options, so their decision is more likely to be one they are happy with.
Picture Menu Boards are particularly effective for people with dementia, as they stimulate the visual and language areas of the brain - assisting the process of retrieving information.
Come see it in person at the Caring UK Conference in Bournemouth. Oh! AND we will also be giving away free dementia friendly key fobs!
For more information on the Caring UK Conferences click here.
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Create an interactive space in your care home
The Mental Health Foundation has investigated the challenges dementia causes when people experience a reality or set of beliefs different from others. To understand the experiences of different realities, the investigators examined the following points:
- The use of memory to make sense of the situation someone is in.
- Expressions of unmet physical, psychological or social needs.
- Creative solutions and coping strategies.
Drawing on these explorations, Find recommends the following:
- Use reminiscence aids:
‘Reminiscence’ draws on a person’s memory by prompting them to recall life experiences from their past. This is a powerful communication strategy for people with dementia, as they are more likely to recall things from their past rather than recent events.
Dementia-specific activities such as reminiscence jigsaws and memory games engage residents with appropriate levels of stimulation and use this power of reminiscence to prompt conversation to recall these valuable memories.
2. Create an engaging home:
Behavioural problems associated with dementia can be a result of physical, psychological, social and/or environmental changes and often manifest as frustration through the inability to communicate effectively. In this situation, creative solutions and coping strategies are essential.
Create an engaging home that is more comfortable and relaxing for people with dementia, by adding interactive points of interest such as a café or bar where residents can get a drink or socialise.
Interactive features alleviate boredom and keep people engaged, active and conversational. This supports a calmer environment and contributes to more regular daily routines such as sleeping and eating - which are vital for well-being.
3. Add interactive points of interest:
Create an interactive point of interest by adding a mural and incorporating 3-dimensional, interactive elements ‘sets the scene’ for pleasurable activities and social engagement. (See picture below for an example).
A flower bay, market barrow or just a table and chairs to accompany a mural are important elements that help create a two-way flow of information between the environment and the user. This will generate a social atmosphere and encourage users to be more active through reminiscence.
Can you believe this is the same space?!
Find’s murals are designed to incorporate the right amount of real attributes without causing frustration. Our murals typically display a frosted window, for example, which suggests something is going on inside without displaying specific items which aren’t attainable.
Find Memory Care murals are fire-rated, smooth and easily cleaned. Additionally, they are incorporate bacterial and fungal growth inhibitors, making them more hygienic.
The out-of-the-box murals are standard sizes that will fit most requirements but for a more bespoke mural please contact our sales office and we’ll be more than happy to tailor a mural to your specific needs.
Find has helped thousands of homes implement meaningful improvements, enhancing their environments to reduce the daily challenges of living with a dementia and enhancing quality of life.
For a limited period, take advantage of our post office bundle – which includes a choice of Post Office Murals along with either a 3-dimensional Post Box or traditional Pillar Box.
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The Scottish Caring and Dementia Congress 2017
The congress is organised by Caring Times and the Journal of Dementia Care - who have been running care and dementia focused events in Scotland for over twenty years.
This year, the event features keynote speakers discussing areas of importance including: challenging behaviour in dementia, modern technology, carer’s resilience, and the new National Health and Social Care standards for Scotland.
As a special promotion, Find will be offering all delegates of the Scottish Caring & Dementia Congress 10% off our full range of standard and bespoke murals (see below). Visit our stand on the day for more information.
Find is the first company in the world specifically dedicated to the design and manufacture of a range of products for dementia care environments. We have an understanding of the common issues that arise day-to-day and can foresee the benefits and anticipate potential dangers to making environmental changes.
Murals have proved to be a powerful and effective tool within care homes and hospitals. They create a refreshed and interesting environment and encourage social interaction between residents, increasing activity levels. Because an engaging home is more comfortable and relaxing for people with living with dementia, it helps to reduce boredom and keeps people involved, active and conversational. This supports a calmer environment, promoting better sleep patterns and eating habits, all of which are vital for overall wellbeing and quality of life.
Find Memory Care murals are fire-rated, smooth and easily cleaned. They are manufactured with anti-bacterial and fungal growth inhibitors, making them hygienic for care home and hospital use. To purchase a mural simply choose your preferred style and colour scheme, then provide us with the name you’d like the shop or pub to be called - you can call it absolutely anything you’d like! Once we’ve received your order we’ll send you a visual of your choices to confirm you’re happy with it.
The out-of-the-box murals are standard sizes that will fit most requirements but for a more bespoke mural we’ll be more than happy to tailor a mural to your specific needs.
We look forward to seeing you at the Scottish Caring and Dementia Congress. Oh! AND we will also be giving away free dementia friendly key fobs!
Price: £280.80 (Excl. VAT:) £234.00
Out-of-the-box Murals are supplied in standard wallpaper widths (533mm) and are designed for a standard ceiling height of 2250 - 2400mm. Custom-fit sizes can be produced on request.
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Living with someone who has Dementia may entitle you to a 25% reduction of your council tax!
Thousands of people in the U.K. live with someone who has Dementia.
Millions of £’s of council tax rebates remain unclaimed by people unaware of their entitlement.
Most people know that living as a single occupant entitles them to 25% reduction of their council tax. But few people know if they are co-habiting with someone who has Dementia (friend, relative, dad etc.) they also have the same entitlement.
Furthermore, someone with Dementia who's living alone shouldn't pay any council tax at all.
“Someone who has been medically certified as having a permanent condition that affects their intelligence and social functioning (e.g, Alzheimer's) is ‘disregarded for council tax purposes' in England, Scotland and Wales.”
Council tax rebates can also be back dated! A single person can back date their claim to when their partner was diagnosed with Dementia - in one example, a woman was refunded £3,000 after overpaying for seven years.
If you've been missing out on your entitlement make sure you benefit from the 25% discount in future and request that your claim is backdated.
The process differs from council to council so check with your local authority for more information.
As designers and manufacturers of the original and most widely used dementia-specific signage in the world, Find has lead the way in providing simple-but-effective products that help improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.
Our products won’t cure Dementia but they will make living with dementia easier and will transform a home into a friendlier, less challenging environment - helping to prevent slips, trips and falls, reducing restlessness and restoring confidence and dignity to our customers lives.
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Find Helps Open Dementia Cafe in Harwood!
(Manager Stephen Miller, resident Margaret Foster, and Steve Sinnott from Places for People Living.)
A dementia friendly cafe has opened at Manor Gardens - a housing scheme for the over 55s.
Residents, council members, staff and families, gathered at the opening last month which was a fantastic success. Guests enjoyed a drink at the vintage café - designed by Find Memory Care to trigger happy memories with the use of reminiscence and orientation aids.
Introducing new areas, such as cafes and even bars, encourage social interaction between residents, which increases energy levels as they are more stimulated. New areas also promote a calm environment, reducing agitation, and encourage better eating habits and sleep patterns - all of which are important for overall wellbeing.
Stephen Miller who manages Manor Gardens, said: “As many of our residents live with dementia, we have created a space specifically designed to meet their needs. Seeing the happiness on residents’ faces after enjoying a cup of tea with their friends and looking at old photographs was the inspiration behind the Memory Lane Café.”
"The Café is an extension of the work we are doing throughout the scheme, designed to be future-proof throughout with specialist dementia friendly elements, such as contrasting colours between the walls and floor, dementia friendly signage and memory boxes outside flats."
Stephen Miller added: “It’s a simple concept but we are really noticing the results. People with dementia often don’t like loud noises, so the café gives them a nice environment to enjoy some quiet time either by themselves, or with friends and family.”
Find has helped hundreds of care facilities achieve remarkable improvements to environments, assisting them in overcoming difficulties and improving quality of life.
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What’s on the Menu?
Care homes typically write menu choices on a whiteboard or simply ask people what they would like to eat. However, with Dementia, people are often visually impaired along with memory and cognitive issues, making it difficult to interpret language and express what they want.
With memory impairment people can be easily influenced or struggle to make decisions. As a result, a person may request what someone next to them is eating or name the first food that comes to mind.
Research shows that providing residents with a name and picture of their food options is the best approach for presenting menu choices and improves the dining experience.
This approach is particularly effective for people with Dementia as it stimulates the visual and language areas of the brain, assisting the process of retrieving information.
Pictorial menu boards present people with multiple, clear options, so their decision is more likely to be one they are happy with.
This week Find launches a new range of menu boards.
The stylish new designs enable pictures of the day's menu to be neatly and clearly displayed in a way that’s easier to understand. The new designs incorporate a clock which helps orientation to the time of day.
Following consultations, the layout of the new display best communicates what meal is next and when it will be served.
Our menu boards come in 2 styles and can be customised and branded if required.
- Style 1. Dry-wipe menu boards - a cost-effective, reusable method to display the upcoming meals.
- Style 2. Pictorial menu boards - display photographs of the day’s menu choices and communicate more effectively for individuals with cognitive impairment and memory loss.
Special offer! Free images for your new menu board!
When you purchase our new pictorial menu board, we’ll give you 240 high quality images of the most popular food choices for breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea, and snacks completely free!
The combination of colourful images and text help people make satisfactory choices and displayed in our attractive, versatile menu boards helps maintain your residents’ interest in food.
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It's Nutrition and Hydration Week!
Nutrition and Hydration Week 2017 has arrived! The founders of this global challenge said their aim is to “create a global movement that will reinforce and focus, energy, activity and engagement on nutrition and hydration as a fundamental element of maintaining the health and well-being for our global community.”
This year Find is getting involved in Nutrition and Hydration week by highlighting and promoting essential nutrition and hydration information in the Alzheimer’s and Dementia sector.
In a further attempt to demonstrate our commitment to supporting improvements in nutrition and hydration for the global community, we will be giving our customers 10% off all our crockery and dining products this week.
What are the main issues surrounding nutrition and hydration in people with Dementia?
One of the many challenges people with Dementia face is issues with eating and drinking. Though maintaining healthy levels of nutrition and hydration is absolutely vital for people with Dementia, it’s often a struggle to ensure they eat and drink enough.
Not eating and drinking enough can lead to weight loss and dehydration. One of the main causes for this is when they are unable to communicate that they are hungry or thirsty. Often they’ll fail to recognize that they are hungry and will forget to eat.
Insufficient nutrition and hydration levels can lead to many other problems including exhaustion, loss of muscle strength and greater risk for infection and illness. Additionally, the symptoms of Dementia can significantly worsen as lack of nutrients causes increased confusion and difficulties with memory.
Ensuring a healthy, and typically high calorie, diet will improve quality of life and help retain physical and mental abilities for longer.
What can be done to do reduce or avoid these issues?
We’re glad you asked! In recent years Find has helped to transform the dining experience for those living with Dementia, restoring dignity and maintaining healthier levels of nutrition and hydration.
Here are three key ways to reduce eating and drinking issues:
1. Use coloured crockery.
One of the most important benefits of the crockery and drinkware in Find Memory Care’s dining range is the products promote improvements in the nutrition and hydration levels of the user.
The crockery comes in the colour options of blue, ivory and yellow. As food groups are rarely blue or yellow, the colours of the crockery contrasts with most food making it the main focus of the user. This encourages users to eat and drink more, which helps them to meet their daily intake levels.
Find Dining crockery and drinkware are expertly designed for home use and all care settings where cognition, vision and dexterity are issues.
2. Restore dignity.
Find has created crockery and drinkware to resemble ceramic and glass. Unlike other assistive products available, this feels like ‘the real thing’ and makes using them altogether a better experience.
The crockery is manufactured from a high quality melamine that is infinitely more durable than a traditional porcelain product and provides a range of additional benefits.
High quality materials and great design ensure a much better experience at meal times.
3. Avoid accidents and injury with unbreakable crockery.
Find’s ‘Glassware’ products are a safe alternative to glass. The products are extremely durable and will never break. This allows users to enjoy attractive drink-ware without any risk of injury.
Receive 10% off your entire order of crockery and dining products this week.
Pledge your support for Nutrition and Hydration week, register to receive email updates or to get in contact – email@example.com
How does signage support independence in dementia?
We fail to appreciate how significant signage is in our everyday lives. It allows us to interpret, understand and manage both new and familiar environments. Signage becomes even more important when you have Dementia.
Every person has a ‘cognitive map’, which is a mental picture of the places that are familiar to us. When an environment isn’t familiar, however, we become reliant on signs to help us navigate.
Living with Dementia makes any new environment very daunting. Familiar places can become unfamiliar once more. Even when someone has lived in the familiar surroundings of their own home for many years, they will find it ever more difficult to remember where things are.
Processes that used to be second nature – like making a cup of tea – progressively become more complex. Where are the spoons, the sugar, milk, cup, saucer etc? The harder it becomes, the more frustrating it is for the individual and the less independent and confident they become.
Imagine being ‘lost’ in your own home, unable to make a cup of tea or find the toilet. Along with reduced problem solving ability, this disorientation makes everyday life extremely difficult.
Under the circumstances, signage fulfils a crucial role. By installing appropriate signage in clearly visible places, many of these issues can be alleviated or dismissed altogether.
Find Memory Care’s Director Peter Rose, created our first Dementia-specific sign designs when asked by BUPA to create signage that could be effective for people with Dementia.
Before launching Find, Peter also had exploratory meetings with Stirling DSDC, who were instrumental in enlightening him to the global challenge of Dementia.
Stirling DSDC assert that “well designed and well placed signage can play a fundamental role in reducing distress, maintaining independence, and improving overall wellbeing.”
Find identified key issues relating to dementia and how cognitive abilities and an ageing eye makes things difficult to interpret, or even to see at all.
The appearance of Find’s designs is unique and so is the construction. Sophisticated production techniques and high-quality materials create robust, non-reflective, anti-bacterial, tactile signage which withstands the rigours of the most demanding care environments.
Uniquely, Find signage is an investment in the environment - being the most cost-effective, long-term solution for providing reliable, visual orientation aids - providing tangible returns on the outlay. Less durable solutions will require regular replacement and an ongoing cost.
Signage for domestic use:
Find also created a collection of removable, re-useable, self-adhesive signs and labels perfect for home use. If family or friends are visiting, the last thing someone may want is to highlight their personal difficulties. So the signs and labels can be removed and replaced when needed, allowing the person to maintain their dignity.
The re-usable signs can be applied to virtually any surface and then removed at a later time without leaving any damage or residue. The signs are also supplied in a ring binder where they can be stored safely until they need to be used again - perfect for taking them away on holiday for example.
Find’s signage products kick-started an acceleration in the wider awareness of the environment and how managing it better matters so much to people living with dementia and our design principles enabled us to develop a range of exclusive and effective products.
For more information please head to our website: https://www.findsignage.co.uk
Source: Stirling University DSDC [www.dementia.stir.ac.uk]
What causes aggression in those with Dementia?
Caring for someone with a Dementia can be a challenging task, especially if aggression becomes a factor. Their aggression can be both verbal and physical and may encompass a variety of factors from agitation to shouting, banging or throwing things and sexually impropriety - often through a loss of inhibitions. Carers may also experience incessant questioning or being followed around for example – all of which can be difficult for an untrained carer to cope with. Especially when it is exhibited by someone they love and know well.
But why is aggression often a feature of dementia, and is there anything we can do about it?
Behavioral problems relating to dementia can be as a result of the biological, social, psychological and/or environmental changes and are commonly an exhibition of frustration through an inability to communicate effectively.
The simplest of things such as wanting a drink or wanting to change channel on the TV can blow up into enormously frustrating situations - quite out of proportion with the need they so badly want to express. And for the carer too it’s an awkward and distressing situation when they desperately want to give the person what they want, but simply can’t understand what it is they’re trying to get across.
How can you deal with it?
On the assumption the carer doesn’t feel in danger, the first requirement is not to return the aggression as this will probably escalate the situation to a less manageable level, a point when many carers will feel they can no longer provide what’s required.
- Learn as much as you can about the dementia. Contacting your local arm of the Alzheimers Society is a great starting point but look for local support groups, a local Dementia Action Alliance and independent Memory Cafes and community groups. The latter often being the most useful, as you can speak to real people having the same experiences and at different stages.
- Patience is the ultimate virtue. Listen to what is being said - this will at least show that you’re trying to understand.
- Provide reassurance and acknowledge their feelings.
- Maintain eye contact and explain why you’re there.
- Contain your own frustration.
- Sometimes it may be possible to divert attention to another matter, at least temporarily.
- If you feel unavoidably threatened, you should seek professional help.
My personal experience:
On a number of occasions I watched my dad get completely frustrated with my mum. My dad lost the ability to speak at an early point in his dementia. As an articulate man who had been a teacher at one point in his life, the loss of speech was possibly the most cruel, single symptom that could affect him.
As the words gradually and inexorably disappeared, so his frustration grew. It was like watching a brick wall going up around him which was shutting him off from the outside world, trapping him inside.
Of course he expressed the frustration of not being able to communicate anything, and yet he was clearly lucid and capable in so many other ways. Perhaps the cruelest thing is that he knew exactly what was happening and was utterly and completely powerless to stop it.
My mum lived with this 24/7 for around 4 years and felt ever more intimidated by his banging on tables and doors when he couldn’t make himself understand. Thankfully he never transferred this aggression to her.
Personally I found the most effective way to diffuse his rising anger was to look at his face and try as hard as I could to translate his actions into understanding what he wanted. Sometimes it worked and there would be an immediate release of tension. But often I couldn’t decipher the actions but he could see that I was trying. This really did seem to provide comfort for him and he would usually give up at this point with a demonstrative sigh and I could see the agitation ebb away and the frustration would turn into resignation – something sadder but far less threatening.
I’m in the perversely fortunate position of having worked with dementia for the last 10 years, and although I’m no carer (I take my hat off to anyone who is) at least I had some insight into what to expect and a degree of understanding of what was happening and why. I also have access to exceptional professionals for advice, many of whom are clients.
Paradoxically this didn’t directly help to deal with dads aggression, but it did help me by providing a level of understanding and reducing the number of surprises.
My personal experience is that if you truly care, your sincere desire to help will be felt and appreciated and help to keep the aggressive response to a lower level, and always remember this uncharacteristic behavior isn’t directed at you. It is there because they want to tell you something. They have a need they’re asking you to help fulfill.
At the end of the very long day, everyone is an individual with individual needs and issues.
Communications aids can help. Some people will communicate more effectively, using simple aids like a Pain Assessment Chart which will help them to show you what’s troubling them. Communication cards may be used to show you pictures and words, and clear labels on cupboards and drawers may prevent the frustration of not knowing where anything is any more. Clear key fobs tackle another daily potential source of great frustration.
The Alzheimer’s Society offer the following suggestions:
- Try to find out what’s causing their distress, and work to remove it. It might be that they’re in pain, in which case, take them to a GP and see what can be done.
- Does a certain time of the day or activity cause them distress? Work to discover what about that time or activity worries them, and aim to relax them if at all possible.
- Try using their favourite music, films, TV programmes or poems to diffuse situations where you feel aggression could arise.
More information on dealing with aggression in Dementia can be found on the Alzheimer’s Society website.
How to reduce or avoid toilet problems for people with a Dementia
In a recent review of the Benfield Villa Care Home in Durham, the CQC noted how the home had “improved since providing red toilet seats so people can easily see them and signs so people can easily find their way.”
Toilet accidents commonly plague people with dementia. Consequently, they can be considered as incontinent when the problem is simply that they can’t locate the toilet or remember where it is.
Having an accident is deeply distressing, particularly if it’s a frequent occurrence. This can quickly develop into a complex and difficult issue to manage with raised anxiety, stress and depression all adding to the problems.
Before Find, there weren’t any tried and tested solutions available off-the-shelf to address the problem. Now there are thousands of environments using Find’s strategy to help people independently locate the toilet and use it successfully when they get there.
Failing to reach the toilet in time is often because the person is in unfamiliar surroundings, feeling confused and disorientated.
In this state, it’s easy to imagine how someone can panic and go to the toilet in the wrong place - a common incident in care homes and hospitals.
The Alzheimer’s Society offer this advice on helping people find the toilet;
"Use non-reflective signs that include both words and a picture and fit them to the door. These need to be clearly visible, so place them within the person’s line of vision."
Find’s recommendation for positioning signage, which has been widely adopted, is between 1200 and 1400mm from the floor ensuring they are easy to locate.
Find’s toilet strategy has proved most effective when a single colour is retained for the toilets only. From client feedback, red has been the most effective colour for this purpose, and not without reason – it is the most noticeable colour in the spectrum and even nature uses red when something needs to be noticed. But red isn’t everyone’s cup of tea and other colours can work just as well too. Blue being the most popular alternative.
"Handrails and raised toilet seats help people with mobility problems to use the toilet."
Grab rails are a simple but effective solution for reducing falls in the bathroom. Find’s grab rails are available in a variety of colour options and two different materials – ABS plastic and powder-coated steel. Both are suitable for most situations, however, we recommend ABS in very wet area’s such as over the bath or in a shower.
Raised seats are available in red and blue and three heights – 50mm, 100mm and 150mm - and feature fixings which securely locate the seat to the pan. They are beneficial to anyone who has difficulty lowering themselves to the height of a standard toilet seat.
Drop down support bars can provide a little more assistance than a grab rail when fitted close to the toilet to lean on when sitting and standing. They can also be folded out of the way for greater convenience.
Find’s Toilet Frames are adjustable to fit around most toilet pans. They are light-weight and portable, assembling easily in just a few moments, yet very strong with a capacity of up to 190kg.
This month we’re running a special offer on all our toilet seats and grab rails. Use the discount code “10%off” to receive 10% off!
"Contrasting colours make the important features in the toilet and bathroom easier to see for the ageing eye."
Find Memory Care offer the best toilet seats available for dementia care settings, from the New Standard Toilet Seat to the Premium Stability and Ultimate Toilet Seat, our feature-packed latest addition and exclusive to Find.
These cost effective options are suitable for domestic, care home and high-traffic hospital environments. Additionally, the Standard and Ultimate seats are equipped with metal hinges as well as the fit-and-forget Sta-tite fixings which are guaranteed not to come loose.
The Ultimate Toilet Seat has the additional features of soft close hinges - preventing it from slamming shut and creating a startling, loud noise - and the unique removable feature which, unlike any other, seat allows it to be taken off the toilet. This allows it to be thoroughly cleaned and replaced securely in a matter of seconds and is still guaranteed not to come loose!
To further enhance the valuable benefits these products offer, for a limited period we’re offering 10% off all Toilet and Bathroom products purchased through our website using the code “10%off” at the checkout.
For more information on all Find’s highly rated, CQC compliant bathroom products click here.
3 Great Clocks for Dementia Care
Have you ever woken up from a nap and for a split second not known what time of day it was or where you were? Now imagine feeling like that throughout the day. How confused and frustrated would you feel?
As many people know, this is the reality for some of the 850,000 people living with dementia in the U.K.
To help people with dementia keep track of the time, Find Memory Care created a range of clocks specifically with their issues in mind and this month we’re running a special offer. Use the discount code – clock26LX4E.
Find’s Calendar Clock is designed to stand out in a communal area. It clearly communicates the day, date, month and the time helping to avoid confusion and disorientation. Importantly, our clocks do not display the year, as this can be very distressing when it contradicts someone's perceived reality.
The clean, logical layout, paired with the high-contrast display, makes it easier for anyone to locate and correctly read the clock.
When living with dementia, people need structure and routine, as this helps reduce confusion and stress. The Calendar Clock helps maintain the comforting, dependable schedules that make life easier.
Find’s Calendar Clock fulfils CQC recommendations for ‘visible clocks with a calendar’ and is widely used in Hospitals including: Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS, Kingston Hospitals NHS and University Hospital of South Manchester NHS and many more.
The Analogue Day Clock was recently launched by Find Memory Care and has quickly become very popular. Its purpose is to simply reinforce the phase of the day and day of the week.
With a traditional face it is extremely easy to read. Each day of the week is displayed and the hand of the clock points to the given day, also indicating “AM” or “PM.”
This straightforward presentation of information helps eliminate confusion, providing confidence and reassurance for anyone struggling with orientation to the correct time of day.
Special offer - Use this code for 50% discount when you purchase the Analogue Day Clock with an Analogue Day/Night Clock – clock26LX4E
One of our most popular products for people in care homes and their own homes is our Day/Night Clock
The Day/Night Clock displays a graphic illustrating if it is day time or night time.
This clock has proved very helpful for people who have difficulty orientating with the time of day, which can be anything from confusing to genuinely dangerous for the person concerned. Just imagine how it feels to be unsure as to whether it is 5am or 5pm - a common problem when you have dementia and one that can have real consequences!
A Day/Night Clock helps avoid the serious issues caused by this type of disorientation.
Stirling DSDC - “the environment can be made more supportive and enabling with quite simple additions… clocks are important.”
Find create products that transform care environments, making them more accessible for people with dementia and enabling a better quality of life.
It’s what we all want for our loved ones living with dementia.
To see all our CQC compliant clocks click here.
Boost Brain Health and Fight Dementia with these Superfoods!
A new year has begun and many of us are thinking about getting healthy. This month, we've got tips on boosting your brain health! Here are 5 foods you should add to your diet to help improve your mind — a mind diet if you like.
- Fish. Fish are full of omega-3 fatty acids, which helps to protect brain function. A study found these fatty acids can boost memory function by 15%. Additionally, people whose diets contain daily omega 3s have been shown to have 26% less risk of having brain lesions that cause dementia. Scientists say a fish-rich diet may be important for maintaining optimal brain health.
- Leafy greens. Leafy greens, such as kale, spinach and collards are packed with tons of vitamins and nutrients. Specially, they are high in folate and B9 which helps to improve cognition and reduce depression. Researchers found six or more servings a week will provide the greatest brain benefits and recommend incorporating leafy greens into your daily diet to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s.
- Berries. Researchers say blueberries are one of the more potent foods in terms of protecting the brain. Berries have anti-inflammatory properties, are high in vitamin C & E and contain antioxidants. They have also shown to improve cognitive function. Researchers recommend eating berries at least twice a week.
- Beans. Beans contain folate, iron and magnesium that can help with overall body function. They also contain choline, a vitamin B that boosts acetylcholine, which is a neuro transmitter vital to brain function.
- Turmeric. Turmeric contains curcuminoid and other powerful antioxidants that protect the brain from free radicals, preventing further damage to brain cells. As always, avoid unnecessary stress and limit your intake of caffeine, sugar and alcohol whenever possible! Make sure to get plenty of sleep, drink tons of water and engage in physical activities. All of these things will make help you maintain a healthy brain!
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The Benefits of a Find Dementia Jigsaw!
Do you know about the many benefits of our dementia jigsaw puzzles?
No? Well... They have been created to stimulate, soothe and engage people with dementia by keeping minds and hands busy. Find’s jigsaws also encourage conversation through the power of reminiscence!
What’s reminiscence? Reminiscence involves evoking the memories of a persons past by tapping into their long-term memory. Usually, this is done with the help of an aid or prompt, such as old photographs or reminiscence activities (aka jigsaws!).
Reminiscence is a very powerful tool that helps a person recall pleasant experiences, which allows them to feel positive emotions and promotes happiness and overall well-being.
Prompting reminiscence stimulates communication and helps trigger the existing memories of someone with dementia. Reminiscing can also assist in the creation of new memories, as discussing life history inspires new conversations that can be shared with caregivers and loved ones.
People living with dementia cope with high levels of stress every day. This, understandably, often makes them defensive, guarded and difficult for others to approach.
Jigsaws can be used to prompt conversations and help people with dementia feel more at ease when they feel distressed. They will experience the satisfaction that accompanies solving a jigsaw puzzle, which allows them to feel a sense of achievement.
Our 16 piece jigsaws have been expertly designed using our library of era-specific images and provide just the right amount of mental stimulation without being too challenging.
The base of the puzzle acts as a frame to fit the pieces into, and has a lighter image of the finished picture to make the pieces easier to identify. Once completed, the jigsaw can be stored in its own re-sealable bag to ensure the pieces aren't lost. Additionally, the jigsaw pieces themselves are laminated and can be wiped clean if needed.
So…What are the benefits of Find’s dementia jigsaws? Find’s jigsaws help to improve communication and social interaction, provide mental stimulation that can trigger the cognitive abilities of memory and thinking, and they can increase feelings of happiness which leads to a better quality of life.
For these reasons, jigsaws are becoming an increasingly popular activity for people with dementia!
OH! And for a limited time we’re giving our customers all 4 of the jigsaws in our “Les Ives Four Seasons Set” for just £50! So, now is the perfect time to try some out! What're you waiting for?! :)
For more information on our jigsaws head to: https://www.findsignage.co.uk/branston-pickle-jigsaw-806.html
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(Images provided by Four Seasons Health Care).
Find Memory Care Creates Interior Design that can Help People with Dementia Live Longer!
It’s easy to imagine how stressful moving into a care home must be for someone with Dementia. A new and unfamiliar environment filled with people they have never seen before...Unable to communicate how they feel or what they need...Growing increasingly confused and frustrated.
What many people don’t know is that the environment of a care home can directly affect the behaviours of someone with Dementia. Simple changes can be introduced into the care environment that will reduce agitation and aggression, reduce the need for antipsychotic drugs and improve overall well being and quality of life for people living with dementia.
With the help of Find Memory Care, a health care facility can be re-designed to fit the needs of its residents, which helps to resolve many common issues and behavioural challenges.
Find Memory Care produce signage, reminiscence products and orientation aids that are extremely effective and easy for any facility to incorporate. Incorporating any or all of these features will help people with Dementia live happier and healthier lives.
How you might ask? Dementia friendly interiors keep people active in care homes, by ensuring appropriate levels of stimulation are present.
Many homes are designed without full understanding of how surroundings can impact a person’s ability to live well with minimal support. However, some simple enhancements will provide long term benefits!
Introducing contrasting coloured fixings and good quality dementia signage will provide residents with the ability to locate different areas of a building unaided. This will help to restore their confidence and dignity as they are able to complete more tasks individually.
Personalising spaces, particularly a bedroom can give a person a sense of security and comfort.
Additionally, Find can help to create new areas in homes, assimilating cafes and even post offices through our 3-D murals. These new areas encourage social interaction between residents and increase energy levels as people become more active. It will also help to promote a calm environment which leads to better eating habits and sleeping patterns, both of which are important for overall well being and quality of life.
For anyone interested in making improvements, Find offer a home audit service and would be happy to discuss. Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0) 113 230 2046
See Our Products Live on Emmerdale!
The popular British soap opera, Emmerdale, has been airing special episodes dedicated to Dementia over the last few weeks.
Emmerdale has been applauded by the Alzhiemer’s Society, as well as fans of the show, for their realistic portrayal of Dementia in the episodes.
Cathy Baldwin, organisational development manager at the Alzheimer's Society, states,
"Emmerdale had been keen to make sure that it reached people and let people affected by Dementia know that they weren't alone."
Baldwin continues, "I understand there has to be a certain element of dramatic licence, but Emmerdale have been so flexible about getting things like the language right, and I think they smashed it."
Baldwin finishes by stating, "I have no doubt it'll change people's perspective of Dementia."
Well, we hope it does too Cathy! Find Memory Care has been eagerly awaiting the airing of these episodes since Emmerdale creators were in touch to acquire our memory care products for the series!
Our signage continues to assist many people in locating various areas in their homes as well as in care home environments. Even when someone has lived in familiar surroundings for many years, they will find it ever more difficult to remember where things are.
Activities they have successfully carried out many thousands of times will also become increasingly difficult – like making a cup of tea for example – this process becomes progressively more complex. Where are the spoons, the sugar, milk, cup, saucer etc? The harder it becomes, the more frustrating it is for the individual and the less independent and confident they become.
Our self-adhesive signs & labels are another simple, effective way to help ease memory problems while allowing individuals to maintain their dignity. They signs can be applied to virtually any surface and removed at a later time without leaving any damage or residue. They are also supplied in a ring binder where they can be stored safely until they need to be used again - perfect if someone is going on holiday! If family or friends are visiting, the last thing they may want is to highlight their personal difficulties, so the signs and labels can be removed and replacement when needed.
Find Memory Care products can continue to be seen throughout Ashley’s journey with Dementia on Emmerdale!
Emmerdale continues weekdays at 7pm and Thursdays at 8pm on ITV.
Source: BBC News; http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-38389953.
The Power of Doll Therapy in Dementia Care
The popularity and acceptance of empathy doll therapy has grown tremendously within recent years, as the practice and it’s benefits have become more clearly understood. Find Memory Care have designed a therapy doll which remains within the guidelines and suggestions of current research. The weight, balance, size and features are expertly designed to encourage users to engage with the doll.
Research Coordinator and Nurse Specialist at Four Seasons Health Care, Gary Mitchell, provides Find Memory Care with his insight on doll therapy, as he explains the profound impact it can have within care homes. Gary noticed that there was limited literature available on doll therapy, so he decided to write a book which considers all the elements of the practice. His book, entitled Doll Therapy in Dementia Care, provides recommendations for utilisation of doll therapy for people with dementia.
Gary states: “There has been some empirical research carried out on the therapeutic use of dolls for people living with dementia and findings have been encouraging. For readers who are not familiar, doll therapy is achieved when a person living with dementia engages with a doll. Engagement comes in a variety of forms, for example holding the doll, talking to the doll, cuddling or hugging the doll, feeding the doll and dressing the doll. The benefits associated with doll therapy include; increased levels of engagement with other people, reduction in episodes of distress, improved dietary intake and generally an increased level of wellbeing. Indeed the therapeutic use of doll therapy has been growing globally with widespread use in the UK, Australia, Japan and the USA”.
Gary continues: “Despite the aforementioned benefits of doll therapy… doll therapy can be perceived as infantile, childish, demeaning and patronising. Admittedly, these were the feelings that I had when I first observed doll therapy in my nursing practice at Four Seasons Health Care. However, through exposure and education I have not only accepted doll therapy – I have embraced it. The very fact that there was limited literature available on doll therapy was one of the main reasons that I decided to write the first published book on doll therapy in dementia care”.
Gary continues: “Current empirical research has highlighted that it is difficult for even the most experienced practitioners to predict how a person living with dementia will respond to doll therapy. That being stated, it appears from the literature that people living with an advanced form of dementia appear to be the biggest users of doll therapy. It has been postulated that the reason for this is related to the need for attachment in a time of greater uncertainty. For people living with dementia a doll can arguably act as an anchor in an ever-changing sea of uncertainty”.
As Find Memory Care acknowledges the sensitivity that must accompany the practice of doll therapy, we have partnered with Gary Mitchell to make his ground breaking publication, Doll Therapy in Dementia Care, available for purchase on our website. Find Memory Care Therapy Dolls are also available for purchase here.
For any questions, queries or additional reading on the therapeutic use of dolls for people living with dementia Gary Mitchell is available to contact via Twitter @GaryMitchellRN or via email: Gary.Mitchell@fshc.co.uk
Emmerdale Announces a Special Episode Dedicated to Dementia
The popular ITV soap, Emmerdale, has recently announced that they are filming a special episode to showcase a day in the life of a person living with dementia.
Find Memory Care has been anticipating the making of this episode, since Emmerdale programme creators were in touch to acquire memory care products for the series.
The episode, set to air in December, will be filmed from the perspective of character Ashley Thomas, who is played by actor John Middleton. The episode aims to give audiences an understanding of how truly difficult the simplest daily activities are for a person with dementia.
With the support of the Alzheimer’s Society and Methodist Homes, the episode has been written and produced to depict a realistic day for a person with dementia.
Emmerdale Producer, Iain MacLeod, explains the concept behind this episode:
“People living with dementia face challenges most of us can barely imagine. So, I took it as a challenge to help people picture this experience – to put them inside the mind of someone living with this condition. With this chapter of Ashley's story, we set out to give people an insight into how ordinary, day-to-day experiences can become disorientating and distressing when refracted through the lens of dementia. Catching a bus, the apparently simple act of buying something in a shop, holding a conversation - all of these become tasks of Herculean scale. By telling the episode solely from Ashley's point of view and seeing things the way he sees them, I hope we're showing a side of dementia that is seldom represented on television. At its core, though, this has always been a love story between Ashley and his wife Laurel, and this episode is a heart-breaking landmark in the evolution of their relationship."
Kathryn Smith, Director of Operations at Alzheimer’s Society, said: “We are incredibly moved that Emmerdale will be filming an episode dedicated to showing the audience the world from Ashley’s point of view. Storylines like this can help people raise awareness of dementia and help them to understand how dementia can impact a person’s ability to think, communicate, process new information and break down the stigma that is still associated with the disease.”
Theresa Knight, Media Relationships Manager for Methodists Homes explains: “We have been closely involved with Emmerdale since the team contacted us wanting John to visit one of our care homes for people living with dementia. Since then we have been involved in feeding back on scripts and storylines involving Ashley as his condition deteriorates. We have been delighted as to how seriously the whole team at Emmerdale is taking the storyline and the lengths they are going to in their research. We know from having had discussions about and given feedback on the episode from Ashley’s viewpoint that it will be an exceptionally moving piece of drama.”
Emmerdale continues weekdays at 7pm and Thursdays at 8pm on ITV.
Try Our Straws for Free Until the End of the Month!
Now until November 30th, customers will receive 3 free straws with purchase of any Find Unbreakable Drinkware products! (Including Find's Unbreakable 'Glassware' range, shown below).
Simply check out as usual and 3 of our One Direction Straws will be added to your order when we ship!
The key feature of Find’s One Direction Straw is the special valve that keeps fluid at the top of the straw instead of flowing back down again!
Particularly efficient when paired with the Find Dining Cup and Cap, the straw is rigid and has a detachable valve that is fitted at the bottom of the straw. This discrete design ensures that the valve is not visible when the straw is used. Additionally, if paired with the Find Dining Cup and Cap, the valve completely secures the straw within the mug and prevents it from ever being withdrawn! How great is that?!
The straw is made from a rigid plastic, but can easily be curved to any shape if required! Simply warm the straw with hot water, applying gentle pressure where the bend is required, then ‘fix’ the shape in place by running under cold water. Easy-peasy!
The straw and valve can be separated and cleaned for multiple uses. Other benefits of Find’s One Direction Straws include: improved hydration and reduction of accidents and spills! So get yourself a Find Unbreakable Drinkware product and try these fabulous straws out. Or give them to a loved one! After all...Christmas is just 5 weeks away!
Limit 3 straws per customer.
For more information on these products head to: https://www.findsignage.co.uk/one-direction-straws.html
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The Nursing Homes Ireland Annual Conference
The Nursing Homes Ireland Annual Conference is returning to Dublin on Wednesday, the 16th of November 2016. Members, supporters and persons with an interest in care of the elderly and healthcare delivery are asked to attend.
Find Memory Care’s co-owner and Managing Director, Anthony Cockcroft and Business Development Manager Rob Windsor-Hey will be representing Find at the event.
Nursing Homes Ireland is the representative organisation for Ireland’s private and voluntary nursing home sector. This sector, and the care it provides, is absolutely essential to healthcare delivery in Ireland.
This year, the Annual Conference welcomes new Minister for Health Simon Harris TD to deliver the opening address. Presentations will then focus on issues surrounding staffing within nursing home care.
The rapid increase in people requiring health services will also be discussed in order to underline the critical importance of retaining staff and enabling them to fulfil roles to their full potential.
Delegates will be provided with guidance surrounding HIQA’s monitoring approach and around the critical issue of decision-making for people lacking capacity.
Breakout sessions feature two presentations that will inform and guide on two matters that are of fundamental importance in the running of a nursing home: Vetting and financing of care.
Excellent keynote speaker Christy Kenneally will end the conference by speaking and provide a bit food for thought for the audience.
The wide-ranging services provided by NHI supports its members in achieving best practice in care provision for the high dependency persons who require nursing home care. NHI’s sustained lobbying and public affairs activity is focused on requirement to create the framework that will place the private and voluntary nursing homes in communities across Ireland on a sustainable footing.
A sustainable and viable nursing home sector has a key role to play in addressing the well documented difficulties in our acute hospital emergency departments and addressing challenges of meeting the residential care requirements of an ageing population.
5 Benefits of a Find Memory Box!
A Memory Box is a secure, personal display cabinet for the safe-keeping of personal memorabilia. From family photos, to holiday souvenirs to favourite recipes, a Memory Box holds recognisable keepsakes that help trigger the existing memories of those coping with memory loss. They also assist in the creation of new memories as the boxes contents inspires conversations with caregivers, family members and loved ones.
Memory Boxes are used extensively in care homes, typically placed outside a resident’s room. These extraordinary products are a practical and attractive tool that provide numerous benefits including:
1. Excellent aids to orientation.
2. Stimulating conversational interaction.
3. Providing care givers with valuable insight into an individual’s life history.
4. Reinforcing the confidence of the user, as they are able to recognise their items.
5. Creating an attractive point of interest.
A nurse from Sandridge House speaks about her experience with Find’s Memory Boxes stating,“We have had great response from the service users themselves as well as their relatives. I am in the activities department and often use the boxes as a reminiscing aid as well as the service users often looking at them of their own accord when they enter or leave their bedrooms. They are a great way to display pictures from the past or present and have enough room in them to place any special nik-naks or treasured possessions.”
Another nurse speaks about her patients experience with Find’s Memory Boxes stating, “Joan’s Memory Box empowered her to become independent again. Now she can find her own room she smiles again and is no longer angry, frightened or anxious. It’s been a huge boost to her confidence, dignity and well-being.”
Find’s Memory Boxes have an unbreakable, clear face, removable shelves and secure, hidden fixings. They also have a velcro-friendly interior so no pins or blue-tack is required!
Find also offers an internally illuminated Memory Box option which ensures the boxes contents can always be seen, even at night time! So…What are you waiting for? Try a Find Memory Box today! We've even got a Memory Box special offer this month!
Find's Ultimate Toilet Seat is a Must Have for Care Homes & Hospitals!
Just when you thought Find couldn’t improve their toilet seats anymore they’ve done it. AGAIN! Find Memory Care has teamed up with the worlds largest toilet seat manufacturer to create the exceptional Ultimate Toilet Seat.
Exclusive to Find, this toilet seat is expertly designed to offer more benefits than any other product on the market. The dementia-friendly product is equipped with Sta-tite fixings , which secure the seat and guarantee it will never come loose. Easy-Lift hinges allow swift removal and replacement of the seat to facilitate thorough cleaning of all those hard-to-reach area's that harbour germs. Gold star in hygiene for Find!
The Ultimate Toilet seat is suitable for even the heaviest use areas! It has been trialled and tested in airports and football grounds to ensure it will withstand the rigours of daily use in hospitals and care homes.
The seamless, composite core seat has a non-reflective matt finish and is smooth all around the edges. You can rest assured that no sharp-edged corners will cause any injury! The Ultimate Toilet Seat also has soft close hinges, preventing it from slamming shut or creating startling, loud noises.
Find offers three high contrast colour options of red, blue and graphite. Having a coloured seat is absolutely essential, as it ensures the toilet is visible to even an aging eye. A clearly seen toilet decreases the chances of a user falling against something hard and seriously hurting themselves. The users ability to easily find the toilet also builds their confidence, as they are reminded that they can complete tasks independently…Making everyone’s life easier! There isn’t a better seat available anywhere with so we urge to order yours today! The Ultimate Toilet seat is available on pre-order now so head to our website to avoid disappointment!
Butterfly Ball Will Enrich Care for Patients Living with Dementia
Find Memory Care’s Director, Peter Rose, will be representing Find this evening, Friday, October 21st at the Butterfly Ball in Blackpool. The event is being held to raise money for dementia care through Trust charity Blue Skies Hospitals Fund.
The Butterfly Ball has been inspired by the Butterfly Scheme – a national initiative to identify patients living with dementia in a sensitive and discreet way.
The event has been organised by Francesca Maria Chiappe Hall, who won the Radio Wave Unsung Hero award last year is a dementia champion at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
Francesca stated: “I have been so inspired by the work of Barbara Hodkinson, who founded the National Butterfly Scheme, hence why we have called it the Butterfly Ball. All proceeds from the ball will be used to allow as many wards as possible throughout the Trust to offer complete dementia friendly environments.”
Find Memory Care has worked very closely with Barbra Hodkinson, supporting and developing products for the National Butterfly Scheme.
Francesca continues: “Over the last two years I have been involved in raising around £6,000 to support dementia care, and much of this money has been spent on the Care of the Elderly Wards at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.”
“This money has been used to buy dementia-friendly signage, clocks and colour coded toilet doors, bays and side rooms to aid orientation.”
“All money raised during the Butterfly Ball will be put towards Blue Skies’ Peace of Mind Dementia appeal to help make our Trust sites especially friendly places to be for people living with dementia.”
The event will feature a stunning three course dinner, live music and DJing from Blackpool band Touch The Pearl, a photo booth and a prize raffle. The Blackpool NHS Choir will welcome guests and compere for the evening will be local DJ Paul O Brian from Revolution.
Pictured, Francesca holds one of Find Memory Care’s phenomenal Calendar Clocks and Team Butterfly holds some of Find’s life changing dementia signage.
Now Available at the Bar… Find’s New Unbreakable Beer Glass!
The newest addition to Find’s Unbreakable Drinkware collection is the Unbreakable 25 oz
This 100% safe, dignified, alternative to glass product is suitable for all accident prone care environments. The Unbreakable Beer Glass is made from a clear, plastic material that is virtually indestructible! It is guaranteed not to break or shatter in the event of a mishap. This eliminates many risks and repercussions that can be associated with breakage. If you’re having a hard time believing this Find has even released a video of their new Unbreakable Beer Glass remaining perfectly intact after owner and managing director, Anthony Cockcroft, hits it with a baseball bat! Say what?!
Find Dining’s Unbreakable ‘Glassware’ was designed to complement the Find Dining crockery range. The Unbreakable ‘Glassware’ products assist users in maintaining healthy levels of hydration because the clarity of the vessels ensures that the contents is clearly seen.
The products also allow the user to retain their dignity whilst giving them a sense of pleasure as they feel like they are using ‘proper’ drinking vessels. The other products available in Find’s Unbreakable Drinkware collection include: The Unbreakable Wine Glass, Unbreakable Carafe & Tumbler, Unbreakable Cup & Cap, Unbreakable Glass and Unbreakable Tinted Glass! These attractive products are microwave-safe and generate low heat conductivity which keeps drinks warmer or cooler for longer. Oh and did we mention they’re unbreakable?!
Find Memory Care Knows What Time It Is!
The Analogue Day clock has joined Find Memory Care’s product range!
Find Memory Care announced the arrival of their latest product earlier this week and, as expected, interest is swarming in. The Analogue Day Clock, described as a “simple-but-brilliant product” by Find’s director Peter Rose, is designed to assist users in remembering the phase of the day and day of the week. Sounds pretty useful eh?
Find previously released a range of hugely successful Day/Night Analogue clocks which display graphics of day time and night time, clearly communicating the time of day to the user. These clocks proved to be very beneficial for people with cognitive disabilities and particularly people living with Dementia.
Similar to the Day/Night Analogue Clock, Find’s new Analogue Day Clock has a traditional looking face that is extremely easy to read. Each day of the week is shown and the hand of the clock points to the given day as well as either “AM” or “PM.”
This straightforward information helps eliminate confusion and is particularly useful for anyone struggling with orientation. The text is clear and simple, ensuring that users of the product will be able to understand the day of the week and the time of day without any trouble. It’s even battery operated. I mean… come on!
As the days will soon be getting darker earlier, the times of the day may become increasingly difficult for people with cognitive issues to distinguish. Imagine how easy it would be to become confused as to whether it is 5am or 5pm. So disorienting!
Becoming disorientated to the phase of the day and/or the day of the week can be confusing at best, and genuinely dangerous at worst. It’s a common mistake to make when you have Dementia, and one that can have serious consequences! The Analogue Day Clock will help to prevent some of the serious issues caused by this type of disorientation. Get yours while there’s still time! (No pun intended).
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3 Reasons Why We Love Find Dining (And You Will Too!)
The results are in and we’ve got the testimonials to prove it. Find Dining is a success! From a crockery range that helps users maintain healthy levels of nutrition to a nearly indestructible drinkware collection, everyone is raving about Find Dining.
Here are the top 3 reasons why:
Just like the real thing only… better!
The products in the Find Dining range resemble ceramic
and glass almost identically, this allows users to feel like
they are using the real thing, which helps limit frustration
and confusion during use. The products are made from a
high quality, lighter weight material called melamine and
have expertly designed dips and grips, resulting in much less spillage and much more
independence at meal time! Emma, a nurse manager from St. Cuthbert’s Nursing home, says
that since the introduction of Find Dining, “some have had their dignity restored as they have
been able to feed themselves again and enjoy their meal.” Awesome Emma!
Improves nutrition and hydration.
The gorgeous blue and yellow colours selected for the
crockery are not just eye candy, they serve a purpose as
well! As food groups are rarely blue or yellow, the colours of
the crockery assist in the removal of ambiguity as the food
or drink becomes the main focus of the user. This
encourages users to eat and drink more, which helps them
to meet their daily intake levels to maintain a healthy
lifestyle. Mary Macgee from Danshell states, “the crockery
has made a big difference to the lady who was trying it. She
can see the food more clearly and is eating more.” Music to
our ears Mary!
We got you covered! Find introduced their Unbreakable
‘Glassware’ collection in response to customer demands for
glass-like cups to enjoy their drinks in. Find ‘Glassware’
products are a safe alternative to glass. The clear plastic
substance is extremely durable and will never break, even in the event of an accident. This
allows users to enjoy their drinks without the risk of injury…I think I need some!
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Fiddle Muff Twiddle Muff arriving any time now!
We're really pleased to be bringing another new product to the market place.
The Twiddlemuff concept has become very popular, initially in the USA and more recently it has arrived in the UK. If you want to use them in any volume the price has been prohibitive. The only way to acquire them at a sensible price being to make them yourself, which again is a good solution but no good if you need a number of them and of a consistent quality.
Doing what we do means we understand the value of the product as well as the issues so we've used our skills to develop, the Fiddle Muff. It's a commercially manufactured Twiddle Muff only cheaper.
Cost is the only compromise, in every other respect the is a Muff that provides all the sensory benefits off warmth, exercise and ownership in a machine washable, lovable product.
There are two versions available and - The Friendly Lion in Orange and the green Buttons and Beads - one has a friendly face which will suit those who will form an attachment with the Fiddle Muff and imagine it as a companion and a character. The other, has lots of tactile components and doesn't have a face, thus more suited to people for whom this may be an issue. Both products have lots of irresistible tactile qualities that will help with circulation and dexterity too.
This new product lands at Find Towers during this month and is already guaranteed to be one of our best selling products.
The Doctor’s dementia review: ‘You live with dementia, you don’t suffer it’
The truly inspirational Dr Jennifer Bute’s account of her refusal to become a victim is a life-affirming message for many others in the same situation
This new card will help people enjoy social outings with less stress
Whilst exhibiting in Florida recently with our U.S. partner we came across this simple idea to help people with dementia and their friends and family when out to enjoy a meal or a weekend away perhaps.
I know from personal experience there can be some awkward moments when a waitress (for example) is trying to take an order and there's an uncomfortable silence or delay when it comes to the person with dementia to speak............and nothing is forthcoming.
Of course we can't sit there and say "he'll be with you in a minute, he's got dementia"! In truth,m there's perhaps nothing you can say at this point. Meanwhile everyone shuffles about a little embarrassed until, to everyone else's relief, someone steps in and 'rescues' the situation. This is far from satisfactory and certainly not conducive to a 'relaxed family gathering'.
It takes either a lot of skill and knowledge or a lot of experience for someone to comfortably handle a situation like this without a hiccup. But with a timely intervention with the Patience Card, things can be expected to run far more smoothly.
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Timing and simplicity are the key and of course everyone likes to deal with things in their own way but we recommend that the card is used something like this.
- On entering an establishment, don't rush into anything but take a little time to identify someone in authority or the person who is likely to have the most influence in that particular environment.
- Then choose your moment and quietly hand the card to the person you've chosen. Try not to hand the card to someone who is clearly in too much of a hurry.
- When you have handed the card over, allow them a moment to take in the information on the card. Don't be concerned if they hand it back to you after reading it. All being well, the information you need to convey has already registered.
- Ask if they're 'ok with it'? It may be worth assuring them there is nothing to worry about before expressing your appreciation for their understanding.
Don't hand cards out liberally or leave them lying around.
Discretion is paramount and a little gratitude goes a long way, which will hopefully be reciprocated.
The first ten people who share this post will receive a free sample pack of cards to try out. But don't forget to e-mail your postal address!
New Product - The re-usable signs and label collection
Our latest product release is a brilliant combination of cutting-edge adhesive technology applied in a really helpful and dignified way.
I recently watched a video as part of a training module. It showed a man attempting to make a cup of tea. He was in the kitchen of the home he had lived in for many years. He has Alzheimer’s disease.
I have had many conversations about the difficulties people commonly experience when they have dementia and I usually understand the logic behind the problem or behaviour. Perhaps this is why we have a great track record in designing useful products. But this video was particularly distressing.
The chap was quite young to have the condition and he looked “normal” (forgive me for that). He also set about the task with the confident manner of someone who knows what he’s doing because he’s utterly familiar with a task he knows he has executed successfully on many occasions.
Very quickly, it becomes clear he’s struggling. He obviously didn’t expect any problems when he started the task. Why should he? It’s his own home and he’s lived here for so long. But he does struggle and within a minute or so the task has the better of him and his head is in his hands.
Sometimes it’s hard to believe that the products we make are as useful as people tell us they are. We’re expert in making things. Not in dementia. Our contribution to better care is our ability to take the intimate knowledge and real experience of carers and turning that into something that is dignified and practical.
Seeing the video of the man failing to make a cup of tea in his own home brings home the big value of a little help when it comes to finding things in drawers and cupboards.
Our new product is a collection of self-adhesive signs and labels. Supplied in a folder, they use an ingenious adhesive that will stick to almost any surface and peel off again at a later date without causing any damage. What’s more they can be placed back into the folder for use at a later date or another location if needed.
They can be used many times and if they do pick up dust and fluff and lose their adhesion, they may be rejuvenated by rinsing gently in warm water and left to air-dry.
The product uses our clear picture and word combination to make them as easy as possible to understand. It’s available now and is rated 0% for vat.
UK's innovative approach to signage design acknowledged in the USA
We often assume our cousins 'across the pond' are ahead of the UK, so it's great to see a respected US Healthcare professional acknowledging the real benefits achieved with appropriate signage in care settings.
This is a great piece written by Bruce Barnet, Managing Principal with Healthcare Products, LLC explaining the importance of signage and more importantly, the tangible benefits good signage can provide.
Memory Care Facilities and Signage for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Residents – Important for Quality of Care
Signage is very important for Senior Homes, Communities and Assisted Living especially with a Memory Center component. Signage today should incorporate marketing and good taste but most importantly it should reflect the principals of Aging in Place design.
In reviewing the qualities of signage in THE UK for these specific types of communities this author finds that the US is geared to marketing and well crafted durable signage but our friends on the other side of the pond have done a much better job designing signage that meets the need of the occupants of these housing groups and facilities.. Certain design elements will help our aging population and relieve caregivers of a lot of stress. Signs that are created and placed correctly will also aide in reducing the work hours necessary to care for the clientele, i.e. less payroll.
Proper signage for the aging eye and a population that has ever decreasing cognitive abilities must reflect: clarity, placement, words AND pictures as well as contrasting colors. It is not sufficient to say “Men’s Room” or Elevator, Stairs or Conference room.
The signage must use fonts that are clear and crisp in color as well as tones that contrasts with its background.
There should be a picture incorporated into the sign of a toilet for a bathroom or a stove for a kitchen. The height of the sign is very important too . As we get older we look down more because we are concerned that there is a clear path ahead of us.
This signage can also be directional in nature with an arrow or even a finger pointing. In facilities where caregivers are needed, the longer an occupant can stay independent the less they will ask the caregiver to take them to the bathroom. Every time a caregiver has to leave the area to escort a patient to the bathroom or even their bedroom it takes time away from their real duties. This adds up and eventually more help is needed.
By having a themed signage program that corresponds to the place a person is being directed to is also very helpful.
For example a ladies’ room can be a red sign with white lettering with a picture of a white toilet with a red toilet seat. In the ladies’ room itself all the toilets can have red toilet seats. In addition to reinforcing the identity with the color and picture of the sign, the contrasting color of the seat allows the user to feel more secure that they are in the right place. It also shows that the seat is in the correct down position.
Unique door signage in complexes where all buildings, floors and corridors are virtually identical can greatly enhance the living environment.
When all doors are identical each one can be made to look unique by applying a door mural of various colors and designs. With this in place it makes it much easier to identify a building or one’s own room. This is especially helpful when transitioning from a home to a residential community.
Most communities today have a central gathering area that has a kitchen with lots of drawers.
We all know what it is like to cook in a neighbors house; we spend untold time opening draws looking for cookware, dishes, condiments. By using small stick-on signage with the words and picture indicating what is in the draw we can save a lot of time and frustration. It makes every new community universally friendly.
People want to, and sometimes need to, live in various types of communities.
There are self contained life style communities that range from single family homes to apartment houses to assisted living, memory care all the way to hospice. When the same signage is themed throughout it makes the transitioning easier, provides security and saves money for all.
As our society ages we need for our community designs to progress with the population. As our eyesight degenerates we get glasses or if available have an operation. But what can we do for the cognitive functioning of our brains.
Throw and Tell "Ice-breaker" ball
Just before Christmas we introduced this new product to our customers. It's a small thing that took some effort to develop as we adapted a design to make it relevant for the people we work with.
It was, in truth, quite an enjoyable experience and ended up with a group of us actually getting side-tracked by our own reminiscence, such is it's power to stimulate conversation!! No doubt there will be other versions in the future with completely different sets of questions
There are now lots of balls out there being used in lots of different situations and I'm really grateful for the enthusiastic uptake.
What I would like to happen next is for people who are using the balls to share their stories with us about conversations they have struck up with people as a result of using the balls.
If you have a nice story to tell about a conversation please get in touch. We'd LOVE to hear them and we will post the best ones on our website (anonymously of course) so they can be enjoyed by everyone.
Five Products that will Change Peoples Lives
Happy New year!
We always start the New Year by looking back over the previous year and analysing what went well and what we want to achieve in 2015. With that in mind, this blog post is all about the 5 products we believe will be big this year. Some of them are ones we already produce while others are new concepts we have been developing over the last few years.
So without further ado here are the 5 products that will change the lives of people who are living with dementia this year:
1. Crockery - Designed with extensive, professional consultation, this range has only been available for 18 months and has already had award nominations and found favour in peoples own homes, care homes and hospitals, all with great success. The range assists people with a variety of issues which are all commonly associated with being frail, elderly or having impaired cognition. Another significant benefit we have not previously considered is the acoustic value. Noise creates a great deal of stress as the way the brain processes sound becomes less 'selective' and all sounds are processed at the same level - ie, the natural filtering system breaks down. Many will avoid a noisy dining room which adds to the challenge of keeping people well-nourished and hydrated. Find Dining Crockery reduces the tone and level of noise created while people are eating and significantly reduces the issue making dining rooms more peaceful and less challenging. You can see our wide range of crockery here.
2. Clocks - We now have a range of clocks which address various orientation issues from simply knowing what the time is by having a clear, legible face, to keeping appointments and knowing if it's day or night time with our Orientation Boards and day/night clocks respectively. For more information and to see the wide range of clocks click here.
3. Signage - extending range - With well in excess of 250,000 Find signs currently in use the distinctive and effective design has become well established in the dementia care sector. But there are people who need some of the help our designs offer but in different settings where dementia isn't so much the major issue as poor eyesight. So we're introducing an 'intermediate' design which still uses many of the dementia design principles but incorporates them into an upmarket hotel-style that is in-keeping with good quality, non-dementia residential homes. Secondly we are ready to launch the Learning Difficulties (LD) range which again employs our unique set of design principles with careful adaptation that caters for the specific requirements of people living with LD and Autism. The latter being a most significant development as we have been quietly testing and proving its effectiveness whilst there remains nothing of its type available for this area of care. It is a unique and important product that will simplify way-finding for 1000's of people living with these conditions. For more about Find signage click here.
4. Reminiscence - After many years of 'dabbling' with our tremendous archive we are now ready to launch our Reminiscence picture builder on-line which allows the user to choose a theme and select frames, mounts and pictures and see the finished item before they order. Reminiscing is extremely important and something we subconsciously do all the time in natural conversation. But without the benefit of short term memory and retention of new experiences, recalling former memories is all we have to define our life and who we are, so the act of reminiscence takes on a far greater significance. Creating an environment that stimulates memories with objects and images that are familiar because they are associated with the memorable period in a person's life, alleviates much of the agitation and mental conflicts otherwise created by surroundings which will never become familiar. Such an environment also generates a wealth of other benefits including more interaction and conversation, effective way-finding and increased levels of activity. Be one of the first to use our Reminiscence picture builder here.
5. Corridor Concept.- The Find corridor concept is something that has evolved as the number and variety of products we've created addresses so many practical issues associated with Dementia and the environment. Collectively, our portfolio is now broad enough to tackle all the issues someone may have when independently negotiating their environment. Moving into 2015 we are working hard on presenting the whole environment proposal in such a way that makes it easy to create an effective, comforting, supportive, un-challenging environment, with appropriate levels of interest and stimulation, well illuminated and using colour, furniture and fittings that are entirely appropriate.
Actions Speak Louder Than Words
At find, we aim to create a safe, supportive environment for people living with dementia.
As the C.Q.C. put it, we help by:
“providing appropriate opportunities, encouragement and support to service users in relation to promoting their autonomy, independence and community involvement”
Creating the right environment means people can maintain their independence and live more comfortably.
Colour is a valuable tool when creating the right environment and colour contrast is an essential component for making features stand out; this applies to crockery, flooring, signage etc.
Stimulating memories with memory boxes, photos and era-specific posters is greatly beneficial. These items prompt memories and associations to help Care Home residents feel relaxed, safe and at-home. They all prompt healthy conversation and interaction between residents and carers.
The video illustrates how Elmhurst Residential Care Home in Ulverston Cumbria, has incorporated our products into their Care Home to create the right environment for people living with dementia.
Since this film was made find has continued to develop more products to further enhance the care environment.
Source: The Open University
Welcome to Our New Website
We have been working very hard behind the scenes building this site and we hope you like what we have produced.
We wanted a site that is informative and easy to use so using our dementia design principles we think we’ve built the first dementia-friendly website on the internet.
We have made it fast and clear to read with high quality, large pictures and we’ve added lots of information about how our designs help.
The site is easy to navigate and we have carefully chosen the colours and type-style throughout the site.
As always your feedback is priceless, so please have a look around the site and let us know what you think. We know there is always room for improvement and we will be constantly looking at how we can develop the site further!
The site will be constantly changing with new products, testimonials, useful information and offers.
Our blog will be updated regularly and we want to hear about any news or interesting stories you have so please share them with us.
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Find in the News
In case you missed it we just wanted to post this news report from Calendar news.
Peter Rose, our Director, was interviewed regarding an installation of Find products in a Care Home in Sheffield.
Peter talks about colours and how they can improve Care Home environments, we won't give everything away just click play and see the huge difference the use of colour can make to people with dementia.
Norman Lamb is Determined to Raise Awareness
Here at Find, we have been working with MPs to create more dementia friendly offices and environments. In our latest blog post, we talked about the work we were doing with Hazel Blears. Hazel isn't the only MP who is changing her office to be dementia friendly, as the Minister of State for care and Support the Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP has quickly followed suit.
In May this year, all nine Norfolk MPs pledged to make their offices dementia friendly. Staff in Norman Lamb’s office have also attended Dementia Friends Awareness training, run by the Alzheimer’s Society, to learn how they can support people in their communities who may have dementia.
Norman Lamb commented:
“I am determined to raise awareness of the needs of people with dementia.
I want to show how businesses and other service providers can adapt how they work to the needs of people with dementia. The new, clear signs at my office are another small step in this direction.”
Peter Rose, Managing Director of Find said, “We’re so pleased to be invited to work with Hazel Blears MP and the Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP to create their dementia friendly offices. We hope all MPs will take this initiative on-board to promote dementia awareness and promote dementia friendly initiatives throughout their communities in all manner of public places.
Hazel Blears Finds Solutions for Dementia
Recently MP Hazel Blears spoke at the Alzheimers Society North West Annual Conference where she gave a presentation on her personal experience of dementia.
Hazel Blears’ mother, Dorothy Blears, had dementia for nine years before passing away at the age of 79 last month. Dorothy inspired her daughter to campaign for people with dementia and to raise awareness of the disease.
Hazel is working towards getting all MP's to be more dementia aware and she is leading by example and by making her own constituency office dementia friendly.
We have been working with Hazel to update all the signage within her office and create a more dementia friendly environment.
There are 800,000 people with dementia in the UK with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2021. There is a perception that dementia only affects older people but there are over 17,000 people under the age of 65 with the disease in the UK.
Peter Rose, Director at Find, said “Dementia affects every aspect of a person’s life and our mission is to make things easier for them. It is essential to increase the awareness of what dementia means and of the care and support people need. Such a campaign needs influential people like Hazel and this is why we wanted to help make her office an example of a dementia friendly environment.”
Hazel Blears isn’t the only MP who is changing her office to be more dementia friendly as Norman Lamb has quickly followed suit and also approached Find.
Peter Rose said “We know changes like this are incredibly important and we’re so pleased to be invited to work with Hazel Blears and Norman Lamb to create their dementia friendly offices. We hope all MPs will take this initiative on-board to promote dementia awareness and promote dementia friendly initiatives throughout their communities in all manner of public places.”
Dementia Signage and Visual Aids are Crucial Within Care Homes
CareHome.co.uk is the leading UK care home website, with over 1.4 million users per month and one that we regularly visit to keep up to date with the latest news and goings on in the care home industry. So we were extremely pleased when they asked to speak to our very own Director, Peter Rose.
CareHome.co.uk were interested to hear Peters views and opinions in regards to signage in care homes. In the article Peter talks about effectiveness over design and thinking about the objective of signage first instead of using fashionable materials.
You can see the latest products for making Dementia friendly environments in care homes here...
The article also talks about nostalgic advertising and visual aids. It is a great read if you have a spare two minutes.
Creating A More Open and Responsive Health Service
The Francis Report, published on February 6, 2013, highlighted the abuse and neglect at Stafford Hospital, which led to the unnecessary deaths of some patients. To help the NHS implement the report’s recommendations the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges has drawn up a set of guidelines.
In response to one of the main recommendations in the Francis Report the Academy has called for each patient to have a named clinician to be responsible for their care during their stay in hospital. This information should be clearly displayed beside the patient’s bed.
When we read this we knew we could help find a solution.
As part of our continuing commitment to the improved care for people with dementia we have designed bespoke ward and bed boards, on which this vital information can be written. This will allow doctors and nurses to share relevant information with patients and their families. This will include the name of the senior doctor responsible for overseeing their care and details of the nurse, who can answer their questions.
Many hospitals already display these details but the report makes it clear that this is now expected practice and everyone should be aware of the doctor responsible in each department. By assigning clinical responsibility for each individual patient it is hoped that standards of care will improve and that patients and their families will have greater confidence in the service. Connecting patients with the people who deliver their care is a vital step towards improving the culture of the organisation and actively dealing with risks.
Our boards are designed with the exacting requirements of the ward in mind, including meeting strict infection control standards. For ease of use they accept magnets and have a heavy usage dry wipe finish. Bespoke information can be included on the boards and a full range of magnets with specific instructions, such as nil by mouth and special dietary requirements, are available.
Information boards will play a pivotal role in this drive for a more open and responsive health service; essential for all patients and their families, but particularly important for people with dementia.
Dementia Friends - Turning Understanding Into Action
Now here's a question for you. If you help a friend are you volunteering?
The question of whether someone is a volunteer or not has engaged charities and community organisations for years. Usually it relates to discussions about allowances, the levels of responsibility and commitment, perhaps the support and training that should be provided.
One of the great achievements of NCVO and the other national volunteering bodies behind Volunteers' Week is their work improving the status and management of volunteers. They achieve this through their training events and good practice guides. Hopefully the days of the under recognised and appreciated volunteer are well and truly over.
Their annual event, which celebrates the amazing contribution of volunteers, runs June 1-7th and this year enjoys its 30th anniversary.
As a volunteer today you will usually be provided with a job description, training, supervision and support. You might even be able to achieve qualifications which could lead to employment. In many ways volunteering is very much like a professional job – except you don’t get paid.
Dementia Friends , set up by the Alzheimer's Society, have taken a rather different approach to volunteering. You might question whether their call for 1 million Dementia Friends by next year is strictly about volunteering, after all there's very little that's formalised in this scheme but the semantics don't really matter.
With an aging population and the number of people living with dementia set to rise above 1 million by 2021 all of us at some point in our lives will be touched by its impact. Whether it is in our work or closer to home with a friend or loved one. So what is the purpose and role of a Dementia Friend?
Their tagline neatly sums it up. Turning understanding into action. When you sign up as a Dementia Friend you are directed to watch this video:
Then you are invited to sign up, become a friend and receive an information pack full of tips and ideas that will help you make the life of someone you know with dementia a little easier. You can then take part in local meetings to learn more and even become a local Dementia Champion to further spread the word.
Many, many volunteers give a great deal of their time and skills to good causes that simply wouldn't exist without their contribution. Volunteers’ Week salutes and thanks them. For those of us unable to commit as much Dementia Friends reminds us that we can still make a huge difference to those around us who would welcome our support.
Just a little understanding and some caring, thoughtful action.
Find out more about becoming a Dementia Friend.
5 Healthy Choices That May Lower The Risk Of Dementia
Just one look out of the window may make you feel a little cheated – surely Summer should have kicked in by now?
OK, so the weather hasn't been brilliant. You may feel the temptation to stay huddled up at home, out of the wind and rain, perhaps even consoling yourself with some high carb treats in front of the TV. Recent research, however, may just encourage you to have a re-think - particularly if you have an interest in dementia.
At the end of last year an extensive study carried out by Cardiff University, working with more than two thousand men over 35 years, gave the researchers quite a surprise. Before revealing that however, if you were asked 5 healthy lifestyle choices that you should ideally follow you'd probably come up with these:
• regular exercise
• not smoking
• drinking in moderation
• healthy diet
• low bodyweight
Not rocket science obviously. We all know what's good for us don't we? By applying these practices we will hopefully be hale and hearty... But, of course, for the vast majority of us these are aspirational.
We have all seen the health promotions that tell us we are prone to heart attacks, strokes and diabetes if we don't exercise regularly and consume sensibly. But this research revealed something else.
That if the population follow at least four out these five factors there would be a significant reduction in the overall rate of dementia - by a whopping 60%. Exercise was the key factor but the others weren't far behind.
However, only 1% of the population adhere to the five factors and 5% follow none at all. Not so good news.
Prof Peter Elwood who headed the study noted:
"If the men had been urged to adopt just one additional healthy behaviour at the start of the study 35 years ago, and if only half of them complied, then during the ensuing 35 years there would have been a 13% reduction in dementia, a 12% drop in diabetes, 6% less vascular disease and a 5% reduction in deaths."
So the way forward is clear. While not advocating gym membership for all the study does make some sensible, easy to implement suggestions to achieve the '30 minutes exercise, five times a week' minimum, such as:
• Parking your car 15 minutes walk away from your workplace,
• Getting off the bus one or two stops earlier,
• Taking the stairs instead of the lift
• Even walking around whilst talking on the phone
For those with dementia taking regular exercise and following healthy lifestyle choices will also bring great benefits. The Alzheimer's Society have produced an excellent factsheet which explains why keeping physically active is important for people with dementia, gives examples of suitable exercises and suggests how much activity is appropriate.
With prevention always preferable, especially when there is no cure for dementia, this study should encourage us all to take the current and future state of our health more seriously.
So even though the sun isn't shining, and you really shouldn't go out without a coat, the great outdoors promises you a great mind and body experience - go for it!
It's Dementia Awareness Week
If you're in denial about someone close to you potentially showing multiple signs of dementia then you're not alone. It's a difficult call, both for you and your loved one. The implications are huge and it's understandable to ignore or put off what needs to be done.
On the other hand, after witnessing 24/7 the symptoms that you have quietly researched, your certainty may not be mirrored by other family members. They disagree with you, perhaps strongly - so it may be they that are in denial, preventing you from taking action.
These can be lonely and frightening situations to find yourself in.
The Alzheimer's Society are highlighting this commonplace but challenging issue in their annual awareness campaign which runs May 18-24 2014.
Don't Bottle It Up urges people to share their concerns by talking to someone at the Alzheimer's Society.
Their staff and volunteers provide local information and over 2,000 services across England, Wales and Northern Ireland to people affected by dementia in their communities.
Speak to them and you'll discover their local services include both day care and home care for people with dementia, as well as support and befriending services to help you and your family cope with the demands of caring. From Alzheimer's Cafés to memory-book projects and group outings, their services provide practical support and an essential point of human contact.
The advisers on Alzheimer's Disease National Dementia helpline can ensure you receive all the information you need. You can also access a wide range of information through their website, and learn from the experiences of other carers or people with dementia through their online support network.
There really is no need to 'Bottle it Up'.
Alzheimer's Society members also receive a monthly magazine, Living with Dementia, which provides information about all the latest news and developments in the field of dementia.
You can also search their Dementia Catalogue for specific dementia-related topics from a database of over 11,500 published items.
Finally, you can call their Helpline number on 0300 222 11 22 or use the Live Online Advice Service for dementia information and support.
You're alone no longer.
Being in the Present - Coping With Shared Memory Loss
For a minute, recall a recent major event in your life. It could be a daughter's wedding, a party or a retirement trip of a lifetime. Perhaps that occasion was shared with lots of people, or with one key loved one - a husband, wife or dear friend.
Now imagine you are re-living that shared experience with that individual, the key moments - the times when you cried or laughed or both. You look into the eyes of your companion … nothing.
Realising that a recent shared memory now only belongs to you is a difficult situation to cope with. The common and understandable response is to say;
"But don't you remember when....."
"Surely must recognise your own son .... "
Then adding more and more details attempting to jog some recall;
"When you told me you loved me...."
"The time you arranged for those red roses to be sent ...."
They may pretend they have some recollection but you know them well enough to comprehend where you are now. You've been seeing the signs for some time but this particular memory, from not that long ago, this special moment that you treasure, you know is gone and that's hard.
So what can you do?
Acceptance is easier said than done - there will be times when the frustrations and sadness of memory loss will create tensions. But there are things you can do to help cope.
Reflect on who else may value knowing these stories. Perhaps family members and friends, if not now possibly in the future, and if appropriate write them down.
Of course you remember your loved one as they were and the times you shared. Show the affection you have for them now by translating those memories not into words which may agitate but into smiles. They will comfort.
The manner of what you say and do today, going with the flow of the lived reality of the person with dementia, is much more important that the actual verbal or factual content of what you say. They will respond positively to your emotional calmness and reassurance.
Music will not trigger detailed recollections for the person with dementia but a song, associated with happy memories, can work as an aural smile and may well make them feel happy.
While recent shared memories may be lost, key events from much earlier times may be unaffected by dementia. Whether you played a part or not, reflecting on those together can provide special moments. These memories will keep 'you' going, now and in the future.
Find work with our clients to help create an environment which stimulates and utilises the power of reminiscence to improve the daily lives of people living with dementia.
Both understanding the impact of dementia and gently accepting the new rules of engagement that the disease demands, provides a coping strategy many carers follow and value.
Why Visual Contrast Matters as We Get Older
Take a look at the three squares below:
Which of these provide the most contrast with the white background? The yellow, cream or blue square?
Clearly the yellow and blue squares. Depending on how good your eyesight is you might not even be able to differentiate the cream square in the middle from the white background.
As we age our sight deteriorates and research shows:
● We need more light to see.
● We are more sensitive to glare (car headlights for example).
● Our peripheral vision deteriorates.
● Our sensitivity to contrast deteriorates
● Moving between bright and poor light becomes problematic.
● Our visual acuity or ability to see detail reduces.
● We don’t judge distances as well as we did.
● Less intense colours, such as pastel shades, become harder to distinguish.
As well as a general deterioration, which happens to all of us, we may have additional eye problems such as cataracts.
Understanding that an older person, with or without dementia, will almost certainly see differently, is invaluable to anyone designing or refurbishing places in which older people live or visit.
Imagine cups or mugs holding hot drinks in a residential home are coloured as above - yellow, cream or blue. Which do you think would be the most visible and therefore the safest to provide? If an elderly person with a urinary infection needed the toilet quickly what signage and sanitary ware would be most helpful? What simple measures might help a person with dementia who has difficulty locating their room?
The use of colour and contrast can be used to assist in all these scenarios.
When we want to draw attention to something important, greater contrast helps highlight it. For example, toilets are more easily found if the doors and signs are made obvious. A coloured and contrasting toilet seat such as the design available from Find Signage will also help with positioning.
Similarly the Find Dining range not only provides essential levels of contrast but also helps ensure people with dementia feel more confident. This will reduce problems related to poor food and liquid intake. Good lighting will also assist residents recognise and consume their meals.
Doors that a resident needs to use should contrast with the surrounding walls. Find Signage Door-Cals are designed to provide this contrast and offer a degree of individuality that will assist orientation.
The opposite effect can be achieved by lowering the contrast. Staff-only or store doors should therefore be the same colour as their surrounding wall.
This is also a useful way of making floorings safer. A sudden contrast in flooring colour can make it look uneven, like a step, and this can cause hesitation and unsteadiness that can lead to falls. Keeping to a single colour over different floor finishes, or making changes in the floor colour transition gradually rather than suddenly will lead to less falls.
Patterned floors are best avoided. A large or busy pattern can confuse the eye, and again cause hesitation if it looks like an obstacle or a hole. Shiny finishes can look unsafe, so a matt finish is preferable so people can walk more quickly and safely.
Contrast is the key to vision
As we age the world becomes hazier without good contrasts, we struggle to make sense of it and function less confidently. Ensure, therefore, that in critical areas visual contrast is given a higher priority than any stylistic considerations.
Call Find Signage on 0113 230 2046 if this post has prompted you to conclude you need to review colour and contrast in a home or residential care environment. Our team will be delighted to advise you.
9 memory box themes for people living with dementia
Individually we are of course our own memory boxes. Our personal identity, who we are, is directly related to what we have experienced during our lifetime.
Our lives are recorded via our senses - sight, sound, taste, smell and touch. But what happens to us as we get older, is that while our recent memories are often annoyingly less reliable, our earlier experiences may become more vivid and important. For someone with Alzheimer’s or other dementias triggering their senses, using carefully chosen objects, has been found to greatly assist in memory recall. This is where memory boxes can be so beneficial.
To help assist people with dementia, retain their identity and ‘spirit’, a memory box containing meaningful memory joggers, personal items and photos can be a source of great pleasure. While you need to be aware that some items may open a door to unhappy memories that need to be handled sensitively, these key items can also provide comfort and re-assurance. This is a particularly true if a person with dementia has to move into a residential home where the memory box can provide a link to their previous life and a more familiar environment.
What can a memory box hold?
The possibilities for what you place in a memory box are endless so apply your most creative talents to your collection of memory-stimulating items.
First work out what may hold special significance for that person.
Did they play a sport? Or a musical instrument? Were they a great cook who spent a lot of time in the kitchen? Perhaps they were a green-fingered gardener?
The following slides may give you some ideas.
Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app
Whatever their passion or interest collect these relevant items and place them in their memory box.
A memory box can be anything from a cardboard shoebox (perhaps decorated with family photographs), a plastic or wooden box with an easily opened lid, a shelf or even a chest drawer.
Find Signage produce attractive wooden memory boxes that are 60 mm deep picture frames. In a residential home setting these memory boxes work beautifully as a tool to share memories and experiences with fellow residents, staff, family and friends. As well as being attractive conversation points they can also function as personalised landmarks. Located next to a resident’s door they will also assist orientation along what otherwise might be featureless corridors.
Remember putting the memory box together can be an enjoyable, inter-generational activity for the family so enlist the help of grandchildren to decorate the box or contribute to the collection. Perhaps they might be inspired to begin their own memory box.
The most exciting part about putting together a memory box is sharing it with others so don't treat a memory box as a one-off exercise. Instead see it as a starting point with new objects added as re-kindled memories highlight additional life experiences.
Long lives are rich landscapes to explore.
A memory box provides us with a compass.
Find Something Positive #2
A news headline from Australia this week: People with dementia can live well
Well that's a relief!
They have noted that "If someone is nice to them. If somebody takes the time to talk or to simply show them some sort of compassion, that can instill a sense of well-being at that particular moment and over the course of their day,"
To read the story, head over to news.com.au
So also in Australia they've taken note of this and you might expect there would be increased training for people on how to be nice to each other but instead, there's been a lot of expenditure (no doubt) on developing something which can be nice to people with dementia so we dont have to be.........perhaps.
You've guessed it, it's a robotic seal.
My naughty side wants to ask "which one's the seal?"
If it's as beneficial as they say, then that's fantastic and it is undeniably cute, but I think this should be a best seller at Hamleys whilst we spend the money on teaching people to be kind, patient and understanding.
To read the story, head over to independent.ie
Creating dementia friendly communities through art engagement
This is a lovely piece and the kind of thing that would certainly float my boat any day of the week.
How brilliant it is to be able go to such a wonderful place as the Museum of Modern Art (personally I'd have chosen the Metropolitan) and chew the fat over something so completely and deliciously subjective.
To read the story, head over to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office's website
From New York to York
I really enjoyed attending the Dementia Without Walls meeting a few days ago and the trail is being well and truly blazed there. What has been achieved through the collaborations which are blossoming in York is a fantastic example to all communities of what will make dementia friendly communities a reality.
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation with Philly Hare as its lead is the catalyst for this. We were presented with great stories by great people doing great things. Nuff said.
To read the story, head over to the Joesph Rowntree Foundation's website
Find Something Positive
DEMENTIA patients across the Capital are to be offered a year of support under a new initiative.
The city council and NHS Lothian have joined up with Alzheimer Scotland to help those who have recently been diagnosed with the condition and their families.
Following diagnosis, they will now receive 12 months of post-diagnostic support to help them come to terms with their illness and plan for the future. New link workers will be recruited to make sure that people with dementia and their carers do not become isolated.
Suddenly finding myself in the position of having a parent with a recent diagnosis of Alzheimers, I can completely appreciate the need and the benefits encompassed in this initiative.
As I think is often the case, Scotland has lead the way in implementing meaningful strategies rather than just talking about them.
Read the article on www.scotsman.com
So what else is different about dementia in Scotland.........?
The Scottish Dementia Working Group, that's what! I've sat in on their meetings, met the chap who started it all and members of the team on numerous occasions and they are brilliant!
Have we got any such thing going on in England? We should have.
Dementia Cafe's or Cafe's which cater for people with Dementia?
Dementia Cafe's have become relatively commonplace in recent times but as friend of mine recently commented "wouldn't it be better to make Cafe's dementia friendly?"
I couldn't agree more. How useful will it be to have a standard for such places where a symbol can be displayed indicating that facilities and staff can cater for the particular needs of people with dementia.
I know the British Standards Institute is looking into Standards for all sorts of things Dementia. Hopefully there will be a British Standard for all public places covering signage, flooring, education of staff, decor, lighting and toilet facilities.
Purchases by dementia sufferers put stores in quandary
This caught my attention. It'll be a warning shot across the boughs of careless retailers but more importantly, a great illustration of why retail staff should be trained for the benefit of their clients, their business and their reputations.
TOKYO — An increasing number of lawsuits have been filed across Japan against department stores that allowed unusual purchases to be made by elderly people with dementia.
In April, the Tokyo District Court ordered a Tokyo department store to refund to a woman about 2.4 million yen (about $25,300) for clothes she bought over one year, during a 4 1/2-year period in which she bought a total of about 11 million yen in such products.
The ruling recognized that some of the sales agreements between the 78-year-old woman and the store were made after she developed dementia.
Follow this link for the full article
How ironic that a drug designed specifically to treat one condition appears to have such a profound benefit on another one.
I suspect statistics will illustrate a person is more likely to have a heart attack before they encounter Alzheimers Disease, so if the likes of Aricept is used to treat people with an identifiably high risk of heart attack, will this reduce or slow the susceptibility or onset of Alzheimers?
Read the article here: Dementia drugs could reduce heart attack risk.
A sobering thought...
On the one hand I read this and thought ‘where’s the news’?
For all that China’s population is so much larger than our own, isn’t it fairly obvious they will see the same exponential increase in people living with dementia? I think it is.
But look at the numbers! This is the sobering part and yet another reinforcement of the need to fight this condition with all the vigour we have applied to heart disease and cancer.
Read the article here: China dementia rate offers lesson.
What do you see?
I found this in an article about Amanda Waring and her Dignity campaigning. It will strike a chord with anyone who has seen a loved one deteriorate during a hospital stay. One day that must become a thing of the past.
What do you see, nurse... what do you see?
Are you thinking - when you look at me:
A crabbed old woman, not very wise;
Uncertain of habit with far-away eyes,
Who dribbles her food and makes no reply.
When you say in a loud voice 'I do wish you'd try.'
Who seems not to notice the things that you do
And forever is losing a stocking or shoe;
Who, resisting or not, lets you do as you will.
With bathing and feeding, the long day to fill.
Is that what you're thinking, is that what you see?
Then open your eyes, nurse. You're not looking at me!
Find Dining success requires new premises
The growth of Find as a force to improve qualitative aspects of dementia care has taken a major step forward with a move to new premises this month.
The move has trebled the space available to our operation and is due in part to the success of Find but also a reflection of our confidence in the future growth of the company.
For more information about our growing range of products and services including the unique and exclusive Find Dining range of dementia/Alzheimer's specific crockery please get in touch.
Click here to view our Find Dining range.
It was brilliant to come downstairs on Wednesday morning and see our Memory Box featured on Daybreak - not to mention a bit of a surprise! Not only is it great to see our products on TV but it's also very rewarding to hear Anne-Marie from St Catherine's explaining to the reporter how the Memory Box is such an effective tool for them.
More media stuff this week too with an short interview for The Guardian and another newspaper seeking permission to print our images. http://findsignage.co.uk/products/memory-boxes/
New Find Dining Crockery gets the thumbs up
Earlier this week, I met with residents of an extra care housing scheme in Staffordshire and gave a short presentation at the memory cafe on improving the environment to live independently for longer. All those present loved our signage and we all went down memory lane when I started talking about reminiscence pictures as just the thought of them brought back old cherished memories of areas around Stoke-on-Trent as they used to be. The afternoon really did turn into a trip down memory lane. I had also brought along with me our new range of dementia friendly coloured melamine crockery and was keen to get honest feedback from the group. It was a resounding success. Everyone thought the range was excellent and several residents tried them out to make sure they worked. I often hear managers express concerns that residents wouldn't like using either coloured or melamine crockery, but I think many would be very surprised by their residents' reactions - after all, if it means you can eat and drink more easily and independently, wouldn't you reconsider your preconceptions?
Dementia Care Bond Style...
A colleague of mine recently visited a dementia care facility and was proudly shown around by the Manager. When they reached a red door the Manager stood back and suggested she see the dementia friendly toilets. My colleague looked for a handle - there wasn't one. She then pushed the door, but nothing happened. Was it engaged? No. The Manager nodded encouragement and my colleague tried again, and still nothing happened. The Manager then pointed out a red button on the wall and said to push it. She nervously did as requested and the door opened. When did any of us last open a toilet door using a red button? Yet there is an expectation in this facility that residents with dementia will be able to use it. Surely red buttons are what we associate with James Bond - the bomb launched to end the world, or at the very least an alarm. I am certain that most of us would think twice before pressing it. It would be interesting to know the effects the "red button" has on incontinence, not to mention additional confusion and aggression from the residents.
Keep things simple - contrasting coloured doors and signage work well in enabling residents to find the toilet, they then have to be able to access the room using recognisable handles on easy to open doors. Once in the room, the toilet should be clearly visible using colour contast. Finally, in the interests of hygiene, taps should be easy to use and soap and towels should be obvious and within easy reach. In all honesty, I have to admit, I don't know how good the actual toilet facilities were, our conversation didn't get that far!
Health Secretary's commitment to £50 million towards enhancing dementia friendly environments in 2013
Until quite recently, the importance of the right environment has often been overlooked when considering the care for people with dementia. Yet according to research, when you get it right you can see a reduction in slips, trips and falls by up to 70%, violence and aggression by 60% and incontinence by 50%.
Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has recently announced dedicated funding to create dementia friendly environments that help reduce anxiety and distress. Up to £50 million will be available to NHS Trusts and local authorites, working in partnership with care providers, to meet people's needs in hospitals and care homes.
Care providers will need to sign up to the Dementia Care and Support Compact, which commits them to providing first rate care and suport for people with demenita and their families. The criteria for applying for funding and the deadline for receipt of applications will be announced shortly. The successful projects will begin in April 2013. At last count, 42 companies had already signed up for this.
Anyone wanting advice or guidance on their dementia care environment, when putting together a bid, please let us know and we will happily help. We know the benefits of enhancing the environment, using good quality signage, constrasting coloured toilet seats and accessories and orientation aids and will share our evidence with you.
Good to be here
As we plunge headlong into the virtual world of social networking (Linkedin, Twitter et al), may I thank the couple of hundred people who have connected to me in the last few days. Hopefully, as the mysteries of this unfamiliar environment unfold we'll be able to do something useful with it as well as keep in touch with the activity of this illustrious assembly and the great things you do all.
NHS Trust Securities Management Specialists Annual Conference
Thanks to Peter Finch, Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, I was invited to give a presentation at the annual confernce last week, held at Guys & St Thomas' Hospital in London. It was great to hear how the Security Departments in many trusts are now fully involved in any changes and improvements made to the hospital buildings and procedures to ensure the safety of patients and staff. I gave suggestions on how to improve the hospital environment and potentially reduce violence and aggression by up to 70%, which of course then has the knock on effect on additional costs relating to longer hospital stay times, incontinence, falls, medication and staff. As 55 trusts have also now signed up to improve dementia care in acute settings by March 2013, through the Dementia Action Alliance, I am looking forward to working with many of people I met over the next few months.
Great British Care Awards North East Region
Saturday night in Newcastle was certainly the centre of the care industry. There were so many shining examples of outstanding care that it really is a shame that all the finalists cannot go through to the national finals. Well done to everyone who walked away with a trophy and I hope the night was enjoyed by all.
London Regional Care Awards
We were down in London this week, presenting the Dementia Carer Award to the regional winner. The ladies looked absolutely spectactular in their evening dresses and the gents complimented well. It is amazing to see the reactions on the faces of the winners - disbelief and often shock that they could possibly have won an award and be recognised for what they see as just doing their job. It is so much more special than any Oscar ceremony could ever be. Well done to all the winners and finalists across the region - you are a true inspiration and a great promotion for the best of what our health sector has to offer.
East Midlands Regional Care Awards
Another excellent Awards Dinner with some very, rightly, proud winners in every section. Find were the proud sponsors of the Dementia Carer Award and presented the trophy on the night. A huge well done to all the nominees as well as the winners - they are all true heroes within the care sector
NEW Dementia Friendly Crockery is on it's way
At long last, our long awaited new range of dementia friendly crockery can be ordered for January delivery. We are so excited about this as it is the result of two years' research and looks fantastic. Made from melamine, with a very thick glaze to make it appear and feel like ceramic, it will be available in blue, yellow and ivory. Although ivory is not necessarily a dementia friendly colour, the crockery is also suitable for people with varying cognitive abilities so would be ideal in residential care homes and hospitals too. I cannot believe how quickly the orders are coming in, but I guess it means other people are as keen about the product as we are. I attended a care show yesterday in Blackpool and the interest shown was unbelievable. We have been experimenting with the plates to ensure they are fit for purpose. One bowl has spent the last few months in a care home - either being used by one particular resident who needs additional support or in their dishwasher. The manager was also asked to throw it about, which the care home staff had great fun with. I am pleased to say it survived and looks like new. We have also left plates in milton and bleach and this has had no effect either. The big test came in the car park, where I had great fun driving over it and it still stood up to the task, with no marks and signs of distress. I wonder what the next test could be??? If you would like to receive more information about the range let me know and will arrange to send you details.
Great British Care Awards - North West Regional Finals
We had a fantastic awards ceremony at Blackpool Tower on Friday night and would like to congratulate all the winners, their stories were very inspirational and every one of them was a worthy winner. Care staff get very little recognition for the amazing jobs they do, so these care awards are so important. I would suggest that all care companies, large and independent, consider nominating staff members next year. I cannot describe the feeling of pride and disbelief that these people showed on the night. The experience will stay with them for a long time
The Great British Care Awards Regional Judging days
I have now been priviliged to be a judge at the East Midlands and West Midlands regional judging events and have been so impressed, as have the other judges, with the calibre of people who have been nominated for these prestigious awards. I am looking forward to the Award Dinners and I am sure they will be as fantastic as last year's. I wish all the finalists good luck.
St Helen's & Knowsley Dementia Conference
Another good day of networking and learning. It was great to meet so many people from the NHS across the whole country who are interested in enhancing the environment for people with dementia. It is becoming clear to everyone that undiagnosed dementia and memory problems are probably a bigger problem within the NHS than those with a diagnosis and as such environments in general are now being enhanced to support the wider range of people with orientation and navigation difficulties. Our toilet signs were again used on the public toilets at the venue and lots of positive feedback was received.
Wednesday 19 September - St Helens & Knowsley Conference
We are exhibiting at the conference tomorrow and looking forward to the day's schedule. We will be raffling a Weekly Activity Board and Pain Assessment Charts for the delegates. I look forward to telling you how the event went in a few days.
Salford University Dementia Design Conference
As Sponsor of this event, I am very pleased to say that it was a fantastic success, including the presentations from Stirling University and the King's Fund. It was great to hear everyone promoting the same best practice regarding clear signage, good use of colour and a true person centred approach. Well done to Natalie Yates-Bolton and her colleagues at the University for an excellent day.
New website launch July 1st
A bit behind schedule of course but we wanted to get it right.
The new Find site has a fresher, cleaner look and should prove easy to navigate and find what you're looking for.
The most important development from our point of view is the content management capability which gives us up-to-the-minute control over the content. This will enable us to provide offers and add current information without delay. We can create new products and sections and keep prices bang up to date.
Furthermore, this is a full e-commerce site so if there's something you want, you can just buy it.
Initially the site will display a fairly limited range of products but this is so we can test the site and then continue to build it whilst making sure its as user friendly as it can possibly be.
I can't wait for it to be up and running and I'm looking forward to receiving users feedback soon
The Great British Care Awards finals
The prestigious event was held on Saturday evening at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane. We had a fantastic night, with Steve Walls leading the entertainment, along with Ben Shepherd. But it was the award winners that stole the limelight and I would like to congratulate them all. It was an honour to present the award of Care Newcomer to Jacqui Preen of Sanctuary Care. Congratulations to the GBCA Team for putting on a spendid event.
Great British Care Awards
One of the best things going on in the care industry at the moment is The Great British Care Awards. In fact we think it is so worthwhile that we've become a sponsor.
Not only does this mean we get to eat goats cheese and chicken at 9 regional awards dinners on consecutive weekends (mmmmmmmmmmmm) but far more importantly, we get to meet and hear about the amazing things for which people at the 'pointy end' of care are being recognised. In this time of austerity I think a public acknowledgement of carers efforts and achievement count for more than they ever have done.
Good luck to everyone who is nominated this year and if you still want to make a nomination you can do so here http://www.care-awards.co.uk/ at the care awards website.
Take care :)
Additional research Funding - Token gesture?
Great news that our government can no longer resist funding more research into Dementia. But in the grand scheme of things and considering the growth in the numbers of people concerned with Dementia, isn't another £30M or so in 3 years time a little on the 'light' side? No-one will say 'no' to more funding, but is it enough to make a difference or is it just a sticking plaster or, (one for the cynics) just a token to keep us all quiet for a little longer.
Will we now see a similar initiative to fund support and technology which is available today but not yet in place?
Primary Care North Conference
I can't believe we're getting to the of January already (and without snow!). I am gearing up for next week's conference at Event City in Manchester where Find will be exhibiting and I will be giving a presentation on enhancing the environment for people living with dementia on Thursday morning. I will be really interested to see if this event attracts even more people this year as a result of the report published in December on the National Audit of dementia care in General Hospitals. The report really highlighted the need for much more training for staff on supporting and communicating with people with dementia and also on improving the environment to make it enabling rather than disabling. I have worked with over 100 hospitals where our signage and orientation aids have already made a huge difference to the quality of life for people - Bradford Royal Infirmary won awards last year for their ward environments. Well that's it for now, hope to see some of you at next week's conference. Karen
Dementia Action Alliance
What a way to start a new year - we have just been accepted as a new member of the Dementia Action Alliance. We have signed up to a National Dementia Declaration and set out our own Action Plan. Anyone who is interested to learn more about the Group can visit their website dementiaaction.org.uk . I will keep you informed through regular updates on what is happening within the Group and how successfully we achieve our aims. Keep reading Karen
Curse of BT
in the process of moving offices over the last few days, despite taking advice from BT and having all telephone lines in place and working....we are currently unable to accept incoming telephone calls. There's nothing I can do about this except wait until BT get their 'finger out' and do what we need.
I know that calling a disconnected number gives a really bad impression (thanks BT) but don't panic....leave that to me :(
Thankfully e-mail DOES work (email@example.com)
My apologies for any further inconvenience. We're at BT's mercy for now but they promised they'd get us back on line as soon as possible, "certainly this week" they said.
Kind regards, Peter Rose
A bright outlook
Many of you will be aware that something 'hasn't been right' at Find over the last few weeks, and the 'jungle telegraph' will have played its part too! Being a person who doesn't like gossip, I prefer to provide a straight story so there's little room left for speculation.
So in a nutshell, Multimount (the company which owns Find) recently and unexpectedly found itself in a particularly difficult financial situation which threatened the continuity of the project. A combination of incisive action, patience, determination, some great support and a bit of luck has resulted in the project now being able to move forward confidently, supported by Yorkshire businessman and entrepreneur, Anthony Cockcroft.
Not only does Anthony provide the support we need in the short term, but his experience, success and expertise will add the essential components Find and Multimount have always needed to fulfil their potential.
What this means to our clients and the thousands of beneficiaries of our project is that Find will continue to provide fantastic quality, fit-for-purpose products, developed and manufactured in-house and we can confidently pursue our hunger for constant development, improvement and service to you.
I look forward to sharing a lot more about our progress in the coming weeks and pleeease, if you have anything to feedback to me, please don't hesitate.
Kind regards, Peter Rose
Letter to Paul Edwards re; concerns about 'Find'
Although we haven’t spoken directly since we hit a ‘spot of bother’, your kind sentiments were passed on to me and I can assure you that yours, and those of many other, were very welcome, reassuring and inspiring in difficult times.
I don’t know how much you know about what happened and I’ll merrily give you the full story over a beer ideally!
Suffice to say we were hit with a tidal wave of unpleasant surprises regarding our finances and by the time these discoveries were made we had a situation which needed drastic action.
This was a huge shock considering how well Find has been progressing, and we are clearly being accepted by more and more people and organisations. Your support has been instrumental in getting to this point.
I was determined that Find was not going to fall over or disappear and 4 years of dedication to this project was not going to come to nothing.
After some difficult days, we soon had a number of interested parties who wanted to work with me to pick up the whole organisation and get it working again with a better infrastructure and proper financial backing.
This has now been achieved and the organisation was purchased in its entirety on Thursday last week.
It’s not going to be easy and we will have to work harder than ever but with a great team of people, much better support and some lessons learned, I’m sure we will not only pick up from where we left off, but then continue to push the project forward.
It made my day when I heard of your concern and good wishes, so I hope this greets you as good news too.
Please feel free to circulate this anywhere you think it may be of interest.
New Find distributor in Scotland
Visioncare At Home have been appointed as Find's Scottish-based distributors. It's important to have close contact with all our clients and we can't realistically achieve this from our base in Leeds.
Although it's a lovely drive, Scotland is always a long way to go and it seems even further on the way back!!
Visioncare At Home are based in Glasgow (which is obviously much nearer to Scotland than Lees is) and enquiries are already heading their way. Please contact them on 0141 332 0057 if you are in Scotland and interested in Find products or services.
Inside a dementia ward
Inside a Dementia Ward
Maja Daniels photographs residents; Andrea Gillies reflects on the journey there and what lies beyond the locked door
Guardian News Alzheimers Dementia article highlighting the environment some of the residents in care homes have, illustrated by photos. We find these images distressing as care does not have to be this way.
Countrywide partner with Find
I'm really delighted to announce that Countrywide will be distributing a number of Find products in their new catalogue due out in the New Year. The enormously comprehensive brochure has a new Dementia care sector in which Find will feature heavily.
The South Yorkshire based company have been really lovely to deal with and everyone at Find is delighted to be working with Countrywide.
To date, marketing our products has all been done directly, but being a small company we need to investigate more efficient avenues to get our products to market. Countrywide will be significant in raising the awareness of Find products and we hope to nurture a long and fruitful relationship with our new friends.
Abbeyfields significant investment
Just to add a kind of footnote to my previous item, Abbeyfield are commiting £140M to their dementia strategy over the next 10 years so they need all the support they can get. If there's anyone who wishes to contribute to this marvellous organisation you can make donations on-line here
Abbeyfield launch new Dementia Strategy
I was both priveleged and flattered to be amongst a small and very select assembly of dementia care luminaries last week at the House of Lords to mark Abbeyfields dementia strategy launch. This significant strategy will ensure that Abbeyfield continue to increase the numbers of people who can benefit from the high quality of services the Society provides.
World Alzheimers Day
World Alzheimer Day
£400 billion per year worldwide spent on Alzheimer’s and is of growing concern. Yesterday on World Alzheimer Day I was lucky enough to feature on the Local Calendar News programme in a Care Home in Sheffield where Residents rooms are designed specifically for their needs.
An increasing number Care Groups are opening specific Dementia Care Homes with cognitive design and architecture enabling the Residents environment to promote better care, independence and dignity.
As awareness increases and the need for care of people with dementia is expanding, we are growing our products to cater for care in the home. We offer coloured toilet seats and adhesive vinyl signage
Domiciliary Signage example:
Saving public money on #dementia
I can't believe I'm the only person to have noticed this but.....
In the last couple of years as the drive to improve dementia care has really started to gather pace and prominence, it has struck me as odd that people are independently re-doing the same work and processes over and over again.
For example; The English government commissioned a public consultation and subsequently published a dementia strategy for England. Scotland did the same thing. So did Wales. Why? Why didn't they work together? Do people in Scotland have different needs from those in Wales? Am I missing something?
Now I'm noting the same duplication on a local government level where one local authority will elect its 'captains' and send them for training so they can develop their strategies at local level. And a great thing it is too! But can't these 'champions' be given the facilities to spread their knowledge and experiences to a wider audience? I know they want to.
Am I just too naive because I think it would make a whole heap of sense for people to communicate more?
I would like to see the brilliant people who are achieving so much in the field of #dementia care talking to each other more. Sharing their experiences and collaborating.
Such an initiative will save a lot of money on training and paperwork and goodness knows what else and the end result will inevitably be superior and more consistent as the regions share their successes and their mistakes so they are not repeated around the country.
Great stuff going on in North Yorkshire
Paradoxically, as is often the case, we seem to have more activity going on in the farther reaches of the UK than we do on our own doorstep. But that's all changing it seems, with a fantastic project to build #Extracare homes in North Yorkshire.
I recently attended the launch of North Yorkshire County Councils initiative to create a 'collective' of working partnerships enabling the best people in the field to collaborate in creating 30 new homes across the North Yorkshire region over the next 5 years.
Naturally, I was delighted to see that 'Find' products were specified in their presentation as examples of good practice where #dementia is going to be catered for, and I'm looking forward to being involved in the partnerships as they develop.
It's a great drive and so wonderful that they can fund this initiative in these difficult times. Furthermore, I believe this is the first such project to be undertaken by a local authority in the UK although I think one or two others are in the pipeline in other parts of the country.
http://www.find-caresystems.de/ is now live and doing business in Germany. Our first orders will be despatched this week and we look forward to feedback from our new German clients.
Ebay success down under :)
The ebay exercise has not been as lively as I expected but has generated our first order from Australia. How fab is that! I'm really pleased. Tiny though the order is, the words 'acorn' and 'mighty Oak' are echoing around my rattley brain http://stores.ebay.co.uk/find-Stock-Clearance-Store
The paradox of new technology versus #dementia
I saw this today http://new.cambridgenetwork.co.uk/news/article/default.aspx?objid=69866 and I just can't help but notice what a fundamentally contradictory thing it is that cutting edge technologies help people whom I hope I may inoffensively describe as 'past the point of advancement'.
In our role as a solutions developer for people with dementia, and in creating an appropriate environment to live in. Take our #reminiscence image library for example we look back into our past and to a technologically more simple era. Yet here we are with telecare, social media, electronic tracking and many other technology-based approaches being used to maintain and improve life for people with dementia.
I don't have a point as such, except to say that perhaps we should just be mindful not to allow ourselves to get over-excited about the capabilities of new technology, and make sure we don't forget who we are looking after and how all these things may look to them.
- find made a good impression in Germany
Jackie Rosling National Care Award
I received fantastic news today that Jackie Rosling, who heads up the development of the dementia strategy for Cumbria Care, is a finalist in the National Care Awards. I don't know who the other nominees are but I do know that Jackie (having worked with her extensively) is an absolute gem. She is a phenomenal credit to her organisation and a great asset to the people who benefit from her efforts.
Jackie wont care (too much) if she wins or loses but she is deserving of all the accolades that come her way.
In my opinion, her great achievement has been to research, create and implement a structured and ambitious approach to delivering the highest quality of care possible. Those people within the organisation who work with and support Jackie also deserve recognition.
Although the project will continue to develop, there is much that others may learn from Cumbria Cares approach and determination to achieve ambitiously high standard.
I have no doubt that the results will be the envy of many and hopefully they will inspire others to follow their lead.
Mmmm statistics! Right where it should hurt!
I'm sure the author of this (Joanne Knowles) won't mind me publishing her comment here at all. It's a proper kick in the crutch! I love stuff like this.
The overall advertising budget set for the *dementia* awareness campaign in 2009-10 was £1,587,106. The information requested is provided in the following table: Advertising type - Television £866,025 Radio £242,812 Print £393,247 Online £85,022 Source: Central Office of Information. Or we could have set up 1500 Cognitive Stimulation Therapy courses, meeting NICE guidelines and all the NDS priorities.
Support the Community Care Campaign
I'm so pleased to see this gathering some momentum and want to add my support to it too. It is nothing short of an obscenity that the political parties might use Dementia as a points scoring hobby horse for electioneering purposes. Sure it's a 'hot topic' but one which had better see some promises delivered sooner rather than later. I hope this campaign will go some way to ensuring that happens.
Great response in Germany
Last week we attended our first dementia conference in Nuremberg and recieved a very warm response indeed! Our brilliant partner (Stefanie Kook) who is based in Leverkusen, effectively launched Find-Germany single handedly (due to flight restrictions) and evidently did a great job. Watch out for the German blogs :)
The progression of Find in Germany is following a similar pattern to the British launch so all indicators are that this should prove equally successful in the German environment. It is a big landmark for Find to prove our products work just as effectively in other countries and cultures and this is a significcant step towards that.
Find dementia research project completed
Our 6 month project to formally study the influence of our products in a dementia care home environment has been completed. I'm now assessing the results prior to publishing.
I'll welcome direct contact from anyone with a specific interest in this is.
Urgent (lol) Book recommendations
I must do my bit to publicise two great books. Both quite different from each other.
"Rework" written by the founders of software company 37 signals. It's different! http://37signals.com/rework/
Secondly, one of my absolute favourite books and the only one I've ever read 3 times - The Tao of Pooh, by Benjamin Hoff. If this doesn't improve your outlook on life, nothing will!
However, if you are of the minority who dislike philosophical bears with small, pink, omnivorous side-kicks, you may want to give this one a miss.
Business surges ...again
What on earth are the mysterious forces which influence the ups and downs of business. We were flying in March!! Then the whole world disappeared in the first half of April and I genuinely rang my own numbers from my mobile phone at one point to ensure they were still on. Then this week. Bang! It's all hands to the pump again!!
I've been in business for 16 years and I'll never figure it out.....perhaps I should stop trying.
Jeremy Wright again
Let's get this bit out of the way first: Jeremy is a really nice bloke.....never thought I'd say that in public about an MP.
In his role as the chair of the all party parliamentary group on dementia, he's also got such an important role to play in the drive to improve dementia care.
I hope our recent discussions bare fruit and we get the opportunity to contribute our knowledge on the built environment.
The groups previous report on training and dementia care is a plain speaking, clear report which I hope is proving its worth.
A further report focussing on the relationship between the environment and dementia should serve to push more people to re-look at where people with dementia live, and how it affects their well being.
As the issues become more pressing, it's important to understand that a well designed environment is also 'good business' and investment now will save colossal amounts of money in the future.
Jeremy Wright MP
I had the very good fortune to meet Jeremy Wright MP yesterday for a discussion relating to the APPG (all party parliamentary group) on Dementia.
I'll write more presently but apparently there is a APPG on just about anything you can imagine, even table-tennis! But until he noticed it, (in 2007) there was no such APPG for Dementia. How astoundingly shocking is that! Perhaps that's an indication of how much work there is to be done?
...and on the subject of ebay
Check out our new online shop. This is something we're trialing and I'm confident it will prove to be a succesful way to enable us to sell stock which is old-design, excess or slightly imperfect. Items we can't sell at full price. What I also hope is that this will prove to be a great way for people to test-drive some of our products.
Self managed budgets
Although I've not heard great deal about his directly, I am of the understanding that very soon, individuals will be given their own budgets for care and related equipment and be able to spend this how they see fit. I'm also hearing a lot of consistent criticism of this scheme and it all seems quite obvious. Where is the benefit in distributing budget in this way? I guess the outcome is that lots of individuals will buy equipment which only they will use. Then what? This seems a very unworkable plan to me which will deliver much poorer value for money and fragment the delivery of care. I'd really like people to get this concept under their skin and make a lot of noise about it if it is as rediculous as it appears to be. I suspect the only winner may be ebay.
I'm pleased that the government has responded to the criticism of their success to date in delivering their dementia strategy. Clearly they have not admitted any short-comings directly, but thank goodness they've done something about it even so! Of course this is early days and I have not come across Alistair Burns before, (although we do have some connections with Manchester University - our own Dr Booth being an alumni) but I hope we see more activity than we have thus far. Maybe Gerry Robinson would have been a better choice? That's probably unfair, but Gerry is a high-profile 'mover and shaker' who has proven skills and the passion to boot! There are probably lots of people we'd like to nominate........but who wants to be in that particular hotseat and have to dance to the governments tune?
Dementia signage 2nd anniversary
It's exactly 2 years since the dementia signage designs became available to purchase. In that time we've gone from 0 to 1300 signs per month average (!) for the whole period!! Regarding memory boxes....frankly I've lost count.
Special offer success
We've all been pleasantly surprised, nay astounded by the uptake of our recent special offers. The buy-one-get-one-free offer is coming to an end this Sunday and despite being hampered by the weather, christmas (bah humbug), and oh yes this recession thing (!) the number of signs, memory boxes, reminiscence images and toilet seats that have been shipped to homes throughout the UK has quadrupled during the offer period.
This is astounding but it throws up some really interesting information too! The key thing being that if we can keep prices down, more people will benefit. It also tells us the 'community' love our product if we make it affordable. We have taken this approach because we want people with dementia to have to have a better life by using our products, and all those people who have found the money to take advantage of our offer, obviously agree.
My inclination is to thank everyone who has purchased from Find and please tell us how you get on. As we own and manufacture most of our products, we can respond to feedback and use your information to improve the things we make. Ultimately again, the people we are aiming to help, will benefit from our collective efforts.
First Dementia Post
At last, here's the first post on the brand new find Dementia Blog. It's been a long time coming but I guess this means we've definately arrived in the 21st century.
We've got lots to say about what we do and look forward to getting the most out of this unfamiliar medium. I'm sure we will learn quickly.
Latest reviews for Hospitals
Average Rating for 5 reviews:
Ideal And Great Value
This is perfect for anyone who is struggling to grip and apt to spilling drinks. The colours help with those coping with advanced dementia
Good item but could be improved. Valve can be removed for cleaning. It can be re-fitted upside down which renders the straw useless. If the wrong end of the valve had a slightly smaller dia. it would only fit one way.
Works well. My mum has problems with a straw due to Bells palsy and now finds drinking from a glass difficult due to a stroke. This has really helped. Would be even better if it was 5cms longer.
Brilliant Apron, Ticks Every Box!
Fantastic, so well thought through, ticks every box, the materials are so soft, my dad love it!
I purchased doorcals for a whole corridor in the home I manage, it transformed the area making it so much brighter and easier for our residents to find their rooms. They commented how easy it was to find their home as before they all looked the same. Next to do the walls!