3rd August 2016

Oulton Manor Links With The Tea Cosy Memory Cafe

Oulton Manor care home, which provides residential and dementia care for elderly people, has linked up with the Tea Cosy Memory Cafe in Rothwell to share events.

The monthly cafe was set up by local volunteer dementia champions Peter and Liz Smith almost five years ago. They became interested in the care of people with dementia after taking care of Peter’s mother who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and then vascular dementia.

Stephanie Dyson, Manager of Oulton Manor said: “Peter and Liz have made such a difference to so many people’s lives in the area and we are proud to be working directly with them.  We invite people who go to the Tea Cosy Memory Cafe to our events and our residents can go to the cafe.

“We have similar approaches based on respect and understanding, helping people to lead an independent life as far as possible with the right support. For our residents with dementia we provide surroundings which are homely, safe and stimulating, and make sure each person is treated with dignity as an individual with additional support for their families.”

Peter said: “We’re delighted to be sharing events with Oulton Manor. The Tea Cosy Memory Cafe was our first community venture providing support and companionship for people who may be affected by dementia in some way, including family and friends. It now hosts around 130 people every month and is run entirely by volunteers. We’ve set up similar events with several local pubs and we give talks to staff at local shops, supermarkets and banks to help them understand what it’s like to live with dementia to help build a more dementia friendly community.

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