Nature: supporting dementia care
My name is Wendy Brewin and I work for the Sensory Trust, a national charitable organisation based in Cornwall, UK. For the past 7 years my work has been centred around using outdoor environments and sensory-rich nature-based activities in Cornwall to support dementia care and enhance quality of life.
Outdoor environments and sensory-rich nature-based activities are reducing feelings of loneliness, anxiety and depression whilst helping to improve sleep patterns,self-confidence and general well-being. Through our Creative Spaces and Let Nature Feed Your Senses projects we have developed several nature-based activities for carers in both residential and domestic settings. These activities have stimulated conversation, demonstrated knowledge and skill and helped to create new memories. We have made several short films that show these methods in use. Our activity sheets are free to download from our website, where you can also view the films.
We can show dementia carers how to use outdoor spaces and low-cost, creative, meaningful activities to enable them and those they care for to have a better balance in life between medical and non-medical support. So if you're looking for new ideas and ways to enhance and stimulate the quality of life for yourself or a loved one then please feel free to visit our website and download information or watch a few films. We hope it all helps!
Our website is: www.sensorytrust.org.uk
Our YouTube channel is: http://www.youtube.com/user/SensoryTrust