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Dementia-friendly places in Devon

When looking for dementia friendly places to visit and explore in Devon, you will need to consider a few things to ensure it’s suitable, enjoyable, fun and safe. Whether you are a carer or a family member, it’s important to look for new places to visit that keep them engaged and continue to meet their needs.

When taking a trip out of the home, in between dementia home care or dementia day care visits, you need to take into account the following:

  • What time and day of the week will you be visiting? – It’s likely that you will want to do your outings when it’s less busy. Consider whether it’s school holidays and therefore if more children will be around. Also the time of day going for lunch after or before the rush
  • Have you considered travel to and from the location? – Are they used to travelling and how long is the journey going to take? For some people living with dementia, this can cause unnecessary stress. However, for many car journeys are calming, safe and allow you to switch off and relax so planning a longer drive is not a bad idea.
  • Is it practical? – Have you checked with the attraction that they have facilities such as disabled parking, accessible toilets and ramp access (if required)? It isn’t a bad idea to ring ahead and state that you are coming with someone who has late stage dementia so they give you more support.
  • What is the environment like? – All café’s, restaurants and pubs have an emotional feeling on entering, this is often linked to noise, height of ceiling, acoustics, colour, patterns. Those living with dementia are more susceptible to stressful environments places that may be noisy, colorful, dark, cluttered while a good dementia friendly café is often light, clean, with high ceilings and a calm atmosphere.
  • Will it be too physically enduring? – Some activities, such as stately homes and gardens can seem like a very appealing day out, however, in some cases can involve a lot of walking which may be too exhausting for someone with dementia.
  • Can the activity be done regularly as part of a routine?For some people living with dementia, routine is key, if they enjoy the activity or day out you need to consider whether it can be done again, is it financially viable to return often? Do they offer memberships or yearly subscriptions or is it free?

Dementia-friendly places to visit in Devon

With the above in mind, our team has had the pleasure of taking our members to many of the attractions in Devon, allowing us to be perfectly placed to recommend days out. Below, we have outlined various different dementia friendly places to visit in Devon…

Buckfast Abbey – during summer 2019, we took some of our members on a visit to Buckfast Abbey, and it is somewhere that we would highly recommend, especially if you go on a weekday. It makes for a brilliant day out as they have some stunning gardens, as well as a great cafe and the Abbey Church. We found this attraction to be very accommodating for our members, with free onsite parking, and free entry to the Abbey and gardens. It’s a truly tranquil place, allowing those with dementia to explore in their own time and take it in at their own pace.

Learn more about Buckfast Abbey here.

Brunel Manor – the staff are incredibly welcoming and look after those living with dementia in a kind supportive way. It has a quiet, calm atmosphere and it is inexpensive.

The Moorland – again, a lovely team that understand. The colours, the open fire and decorations are welcoming and it has great views and outdoor space.

The Grand Hotel Torquay – all large hotels are good out of season and outside busy times because they are quiet, attentive, spacious places. The Grand has beautiful decorations and things to chat about. Good for winter days as you look out at the sea.

Horsemanship for Health – this is a charity based in Teignbridge, South Devon that enables an educational and therapeutic approach through the use of horses. Horsemanship for Health has worked with those suffering from PTSD, anxiety, grief and has shown huge benefits to their wellbeing, a reduction in anxiety, agitation and restlessness.

Take a look at the Horsemanship for Health website here.

Memory cafes – many individuals living with dementia find that having a routine is hugely beneficial for their wellbeing. Memory cafes throughout Devon provide a safe and inviting space to visit which will not only support their needs but the demands of the carer too, providing the opportunity to speak to like-minded people.

Here at Atlas, we run our memory cafes at 3 different locations on 3 weekdays. They are completely free to attend and are run by volunteers to support the local community.

Learn more about memory cafes here.

Join a dementia walk – last year, across Devon, walks were set up to support those living with the disease and encourage individuals to stay active. Getting out in nature and stimulating the senses has huge benefits, so even a short walk everyday can make a big difference.

These pre-organised walks allowed carers and people with dementia to speak to others that are going through the same thing, whether they are in the early stages or more advanced.

Attend a Rare Dementia Evening – Powderham Castle is now offering an evening for carers and individuals living with rare dementia. This runs every Tuesday evening from 7pm.

Did you know that many towns in Devon including Budleigh Salterton, Exmouth, Seaton and Sidmouth all support local residents living with dementia? A number of the shops display “Dementia Friendly Town” stickers in their windows to show that they understand and respect those living with the disease. You can learn more about this initiative here.

Don’t have time to take your loved one to these dementia friendly attractions?

Don’t worry, you can rely on the support of Atlas to ensure that your loved one is receiving the stimulation they need.

Whether you are looking for dementia home care or dementia day care at our centre, the activities they will receive will be varied and enjoyable.

Here are some quick links to learn more about how Atlas can help…

If you would like to speak to a member of our team about joining one of our services or becoming a member, click here to contact us, or call us on 01626 774 799.

Dementia care funding advice… How to pay for dementia home care and dementia day care in Devon

If your loved one is showing early signs of dementia, you should consider the impact that the disease may have on their finances. It’s important to give thought to whether you will need extra support to care for them, which may be through the use of a dementia day centre, dementia home care, or later down the line, a dementia care home.

In this article, we provide important dementia care funding advice based on our knowledge and experience of those living with the disease.

What dementia care funding could be available?

Continuing healthcare funding

This type of funding is by no means available to everyone but is worth exploring to see if you can receive it. It may be the case that in the early stages you will not be eligible, but you’ll be able to re-apply at a later date.

Continuing healthcare is funded by the NHS and can be provided if you have ‘ongoing significant health needs and require care because of the nature of your health needs.’

An article by Age UK explains a bit more about this type of funding, read it here >>

The assessment criteria for this type of funding, we’ve found, is quite in-depth, meaning you will need to tick a lot of boxes to be eligible. An article written by the Alzheimers Society provides some helpful information on preparing for the assessment, read it here >>

Local authority funding

To receive this type of funding you will need to prove that certain criteria are met in terms of the care needs required. This includes, but is not restricted to some of the following:

Is the individual able to:

  • Maintain and manage their nutrition – this may include preparing their own food.
  • Continue to use their home properly and safely – this means using stairs, and accessing the bathroom and kitchen.
  • Maintain and develop family and friend relationships.

You can read the full list here >>

This form of funding will also take into account the individual’s wellbeing. However, it is worth noting that regardless of funding it is always worth getting a social care assessment and asking for your dementia day care services to be paid through your local authority. This offers you discounts and protection from tax.

Attendance Allowance (AA)

This funding is available to those that require extra support during the day or night due to a mental or physical disability. Your loved one may be eligible if:

  • They are over the state pension age, and
  • Satisfy one the AA disability tests

You can learn more about the criteria and disability tests here >>

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) now Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

Different PIP bands offer various levels of payouts and, in some cases, individuals with dementia will be entitled to this funding.

Your loved one will be assessed on various elements to qualify, including:

  • Their ability to carry out daily activities safely, and
  • Their level of mobility

Learn more here >>

Carer’s allowance

If you look after someone for more than 35 hours per week, you may be eligible for carer’s allowance through the NHS, which entitles you to £64.60 a week. If you care for someone for fewer hours, you may still be eligible for some carer benefits, these are called carers credits and are available to those caring for someone for over 20 hours a week.

Learn more about carer’s allowance here >>

I am eligible for funding, can I use it against care at your centre?

Yes, you can use your funding to pay for care at our centre, for the following services:

Dementia home care

Our specialist dementia home care service works with the individual in their own home, gaining their trust and enabling them to stay active and socially engaged.

Learn more here >>

The Ness Dementia Centre

Our dementia day care centre in Devon is open Monday – Friday, and available for individuals at all stages of dementia. Our experienced team will develop a personal, bespoke plan taking into account their specific needs and requirements.

Learn more here >>

The Ness Shed

The Ness Shed provides individuals the chance to take part in 2-hour hands-on sessions of pottery or woodwork. These are pre-scheduled classes with an experienced teacher and are suitable for those with varying levels of dementia.

Learn more here >>

Contact Atlas today for further dementia care funding advice

We hope you found this article useful, but if you would like any more support, please feel free to get in touch with our team who will be able to offer additional dementia care funding advice, or at least point you in the right direction.

Alternatively, if you are interested in trying out our dementia day centre in Devon, give us a call on 01626 774 799 for a free trial.

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