Woodland Grove Care Home Launches Dementia Café for the Community

Our Woodland Grove care home in Loughton has opened a dementia café to offer support to people living with the condition in the community.

The café, which runs once a month, gives people from the community and their families a chance to meet and relax together, share experiences and get advice and information from Woodland Grove’s dementia specialists.

There are an estimated 20,000 people with dementia in Essex and more than 850,000 people nationwide. Woodland Grove care home offers residential, nursing, memory and respite care throughout the 72-bed home, with a dedicated dementia care unit on the second floor where carers are further trained.

Manager of the unit and the home’s lead in dementia care, Jane Hare, says living with the condition can be very isolating.

“Dementia can cause memory problems but also changes in behaviour and personality so it can affect people’s confidence and mean they don’t go out as much as they used to,” she said.

“We are very much part of our local community here and we wanted to open our doors and offer a comfortable environment where people can relax, share their experiences and feel they are not alone.

“Staff are on hand so we can answer any questions people may have, to take away worries or anxieties, but above all we want everyone to come and enjoy themselves.”

The café is free and is open to anyone who has dementia, including the home’s residents and their families, and will take place each month starting on Tuesday 28th August 2018.

For further information please contact Eirlys Roff at Woodland Grove care home via email lifestyles.wg@oaklandcare.com or call 0208 5089220.