New hub launched to combat dementia obstacles

WOKING’s former Mayor and Mayoress were given the honour of officially launching a dementia café at Care UK’s Kingsleigh care home.

Joining Derek and Rosemary McCrum, the Kingsleigh team welcomed family, friends and local people into the Kingfield Road centre to join in with the celebrations.

Visitors to Kingsleigh were treated to afternoon tea, complete with homemade scones and an array of tempting cakes baked
by head chef Doug Meredith.

There was also an inspirational talk from guest speaker Frank Davies, who spoke about his experience of caring for his wife who lives with dementia.

The free support group, which will meet every Wednesday from 2pm to 4pm, will provide carers, families and people living with dementia, with help and advice, as well as practical tips on day-to-day living, in a calm and relaxed environment. As such, it is also expected to be popular with members of Care UK’s neighbouring day club.

Headed-up by the experienced care team at Kingsleigh, the café will welcome regular speakers and experts to future meetings to offer additional support.

Speaking about the dementia café, deputy home manager, Emma Meredith, said: “With dementia affecting 850,000 people in the UK and 25 million people having a close friend or family member living with dementia, there is a real and pressing need to provide easy access to professional support and information, as well as ensure there are places that people can go where they can share individual experiences.

“I am looking forward to establishing the group here at Kingsleigh as a friendly and welcoming forum where people can drop in on a regular basis, or just attend as and when they feel the need to.”

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