- Posted by Tom Finan
- On 12th March 2019
YHP, working in partnership with Agewell have received local recognition for their efforts to support patients who have received a recent diagnosis of Dementia.
Since January 2018 Regis Medical Centre has been hosting the ‘Kingfisher Buddies’; a group of patients and their carers who have been invited to take part in a six week programme offering advice and guidance on wide range of subjects which will assist them in living well with Dementia.
At the end of the six weeks, support continues with a weekly session held at Elizabeth Prout Gardens where a full and varied programme of activities is available.
An evaluation of the service revealed some excellent comments;
‘We found the whole six weeks very informative and useful having been in the same position twice before with no help and advice. Personally I have found I am more relaxed and in control of the situation’Patient carer
‘Enjoyable and informative, the social aspect was hugely important for mum, looking forward to the Monday group!’Patient carer
Attending the Rowley Regis Community Awards 2019 to receive the Partnership Working Award on behalf of YHP was Amy Williamson our Dementia Lead Nurse.
Amy has been working tirelessly in this field for a number of years completing her Foundation Degree in Dementia Studies and Research in 2016 and later being recognised in a report to the Old Age Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists for her work in developing a local Dementia Care pathway and in particular the positive outcomes and high levels of patient and carer satisfaction with the service.
Congratulations and a hearty well done to all involved!
The next six week programme will start in March 2019 – those interested in finding out more information can visit https://www.agewelluk.org.uk/kingfisher-buddies-1.html