Monthly Archives - November 2020

New Dementia Café – Tysoe Dementia Friends

Opening on Friday January 8th 2021 (Covid Restrictions Permitting)

Tysoe Village Hall, Main Street, Middle Tysoe, CV35 0SE

10am – 12 noon

Pre-Booking Essential

Contact Paul & Heather – Tysoe 01295 688376

talkdementia@mail.com / www.talkdementia.uk

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Music videos for people living with dementia

I wanted to share with you our new music videos that we have developed with people living with dementia and their carers, whether in residential homes, the community, private homes or elsewhere. We were recently awarded funding from the National Lottery Community Fund and the Linbury Trust, which enabled us to record a series of interactive digital music sessions, performed by several of our players.

The 45-minute sessions offer a relaxed and friendly musical experience and feature a number of well-known favourites. Structured to encourage conversation through a response to the music, the videos also come with song sheets and guidance notes for carers.

The music featured in the videos covers a range of genres from Bach’s ‘Air on a G String’, to ‘Penny Lane’ by the Beatles and aims to evoke musical memories to stimulate conversation in a group setting or individually. We are also asking for feedback about the videos via a short online survey so, if you do access them we would be really grateful if you could take the time to complete the survey and let us know your thoughts – it all helps us to hone our skills and projects to make them relevant and meaningful for your communities.

The videos will be launched every other week from week commencing 9 November 2020 and can be accessed on orchestraoftheswan.org/musical-shares/

Please enjoy and share, we really do hope you like them.

Sue Pope, Director of Impact & Learning, Orchestra of the Swan

Email: education@orchestraoftheswan.org

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Getting Involved with the New Care Companion Research Study

Care Companion has been developed with carers to address their needs for information and guidance. It is available in Coventry and Warwickshire as a free, simple to use online resource for those who care for their loved ones, particularly older people with long term conditions and frailty (e.g. dementia). It is personalised to individual’s specific needs, and covers a vast range of information needs relevant to caring responsibilities.

Care Companion can be accessed directly at www.carecompanion.org.uk. They are also happy to visit organisations to present Care Companion to health and social care providers, third sector organisations and other support services as well as directly to carer groups. For further information please email carecompanion@live.warwick.ac.uk.

A new Care Companion research study is being launched. The research is evaluating the ways in which stakeholders adopt and promote the online resource. This will help them better understand what is needed to optimise and support wide uptake of Care Companion and similar types of services for unpaid carers.

They are asking people who have a patient or client-facing role in an organisation that has been introduced to Care Companion and considered its promotion, to take part in a short survey about the circumstances that may affect whether and how this is done.

They would also be grateful if you would consider participating in an optional interview about your views on Care Companion. The interview would last around 15 – 20 minutes and take place with a member of the study team either over the phone or via video link, at a time that is convenient to you.

It doesn’t matter whether or not you have actively encouraged any carer to register with Care Companion, they are still interested to hear from you. Your views are important and will help to improve the support and guidance that is offered to carers through Care Companion and other services.

You can find out more about the research and how you can get involved by contacting celia.j.bernstein@warwick.ac.uk.


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