Enhancing Dignity in Dementia across Cumbria & North Lancashire

Learn what you don’t know about dementia and so much more…

The number of people with dementia is growing and we want to help make their lives as normal and as positive as possible. We do this by providing:

  • Educational sessions for family carers that help them connect more effectively with their family member with dementia, so that both the person with dementia and the carer have an improved quality of life.
  • A range of enjoyable dementia embracing community activities such as our singing, reading and dancing groups that enable those affected by dementia to stay connected to their local communities and make new friends.
  • Personalised activity programmes for those newly diagnosed with dementia. We believe it’s really important that people with dementia are supported to continue to carry out meaningful activities, both in and out of the home. In this way they can avoid the perils of boredom and some of the behaviours associated with it.
  • A behavioural support service that provides advice to families who are struggling with problematic behaviours that their relative with dementia may be displaying.
  • Advice to families affected by Young Onset Dementia and the setting up of Support and Friendship Groups.

We also work with health and social care staff, Cumbria Constabulary and Cumbria’s Mountain Rescue Teams as well as other community groups to educate and inspire, so that they are able to respond confidently and positively to people with dementia in a way that maintains and enhances their dignity.

During the Coronavirus pandemic we are offering a range of activities via Zoom. These include our family carers courses, dementia support groups, singing groups, poetry groups known as our poetry chat rooms and a weekly activity group that covers a range of engaging different topics. We can also
send friendly regular letters to individuals with dementia who can’t use the telephone or computer. We are also able to offer our Behaviour Support Service via the phone, Facetime or Zoom. Please get in touch to find out more & follow us on Facebook for more up-to-date project information…

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Our Approach

Our approach is to inform, support and inspire family carers and others. We do this through our ‘Feelings First’ approach to dementia care. We believe that by connecting to the way the person is likely to be feeling at any one time, it can help them to become more content and improve their wellbeing, which in turn then helps the wellbeing of the carer.

Our animations ‘I May Be Forgetful’ and ‘It Doesn’t Take Much To Improve My Day’, and our poem ‘What Do You See Now’ highlights the approach.

What do people think about Dignity In Dementia?

Read what our clients have to say and learn more about what makes us the North West’s leading provider of dementia workshops

Family carer

Thank you for helping mum and I find each other again.  Your help, knowledge and kindness has been invaluable.

Family carer

Family carer

This course can make such a positive difference to the life of the carer, as well as the cared-for – definitely sign up.

Professional carer

Dignity in Dementia worked with our domiciliary care workers to help them understand how even in relatively short visits they can provide really good dementia care that connects with the emotions and feelings of our clients and helps them feel more at ease and content.

Family carer

You might think you understand dementia and how to deal with it, but until you do the programme, you realise there is so much more to learn.

Care home manager

The Dignity in Dementia team came to my care home and provided dementia awareness training which enabled both care and non-care staff to understand that small actions on their part could substantially improve the lives of clients with dementia.  I recommend this training for other care organisations supporting individuals with dementia.