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Dementia Awareness Week

Residents benefit from the Butterfly Project in Clydach Court, Trealaw

Residents benefit from the Butterfly Project in Clydach Court, Trealaw

It’s Dementia Awareness Week and Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is marking the important event by ensuring residents are aware of the services on offer.

The Council has a strong partnership with agencies including the Alzheimer’s Society, Cwm Taf Health Board and the voluntary sector to ensure those living with Dementia – and those who care for them – have the support they need.

It is proud to be the home of not one but two care homes – Clydach Court in Trealaw and Danymynydd in Porth – that hold the highest-possible standard in the Butterfly Project, which is changing the way residents with Dementia are cared for. It also won a prestigious Social Care Accolade from the Care Council For Wales for its work in Trealaw.

The Council is considered something of a Welsh trailblazer in relation to the project, which has changed the environment of care homes for the benefit of those living with Dementia, in which arts, crafts, social experiences and even “bars” and “sweet shops” are used to improve quality of life.

The friends and family of those living in the care homes have seen a noticeable difference in the outlook and behaviour of their loved-ones as a result of the scheme, which allows them to explore themselves, their lifestyles and their pasts in a gentle, soothing environment.

Dedicated Alzheimer’s Cafes have also been set up in Porth and Church Village, allowing those affected by the disease to spend regular time together, seeking peer support and expert advice from the Alzheimer’s Society.

This partnership also allows the provision of a dedicated Dementia Support Worker who can come to your home and discuss services, as well as an Advocacy Service to help you make key decisions in your life and support you while you live with Dementia.

Befriending is also a key issue of Dementia support and the Alzheimer’s Society has volunteers who are making a positive difference in the lives of those living with the disease. If you feel you or someone you know can benefit, please make contact.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Carers’ Support Project, the Alzheimer’s Society and Cwm Taf Health Board have joined forces to deliver a series of important events for those who care for someone with the disease.

Taking part in July, October and February 2015, the Carers Dementia Workshops help you find out about services, your legal rights, benefits that might be available to you and the emotional aspects of caring. Each one runs from 10am to 3.30pm and respite care and transport can be provided if needed. Download the information leaflet to find out more.

If you would like more support or information, visit our Carers’ Support Page or contact the Alzheimer’s Society on 01685 353919. The latest edition of Carers News is also packed with ideas for those affected by Dementia, including the workshops, advocacy and befriending. Download Carers News




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