Silver Chain and Dome launch dementia-friendly cafe
Silver Chain and Dome cafe are working to support people living with dementia by introducing a dementia-friendly cafe experience south of Perth.
The first customers visited the cafe in Waikiki, in what is hoped will be the first of many dementia-friendly Dome cafes across the State.
Visitors enjoyed the specially-structured cafe setting, with Silver Chain also working with Dome staff to ensure they were equipped to help customers with dementia.
An estimated 33,300 West Australians live with dementia and more than 250 Australians are diagnosed with the condition each day. With no cure for the disease, these numbers are expected to rise significantly in the future.
Angela Hill, Silver Chain Care Leader, said partnerships like this are important to help people living with dementia to maintain vital social connections.
“Having carers and staff familiar with the needs of those with dementia is invaluable,” Hill said.
“Everyone is on a different journey with their dementia, and certain things such as noise and clutter can be distressing to some.
“By sitting in a separate section and putting tables together, we had a quiet space in the cafe.”
Abby Rohde from Dome said they want dementia customers to feel comfortable.
“Providing a place of welcome and comfort, where we treat everyone with equal respect, is our aim,” Rohde said.
“We want to ensure there is a sense of familiarity and comfort for our customers with dementia.”
One of the first to enjoy the Dome dementia-friendly experience was Mary.
“This is the first time I have come to this Dome,” she said. “There is every comfort here.
“I had a nice cup of tea and the staff were wonderful. I’m looking forward to coming back.”
Dome Waikiki will hold the next dementia-friendly morning tea in late June.
Silver Chain helps those living with dementia to improve their quality of life, connected to their family and community, to live meaningful lives in their own home.
For more information on how Silver Chain can help you or someone you know, visit read more about living with dementia or call 08 9242 0119
30 May 2019
Montana Ardon | Communications Officer
T 08 9208 8310 | E Montana.Ardon@silverchain.org.au
About Silver Chain Group
We are a not-for-profit organisation delivering community health and care services across Australia. We help people of all ages to receive the care they need to remain happy and healthy at home.
We have a proud history of serving Australians for over 110 years in Western Australia and more than 120 years as RDNS in South Australia. We currently deliver our services in Western Australia, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.
With over 4,000 staff and 130 volunteers, we assist more than 100,000 people to remain living in their homes and community every year.
For more information, please see silverchain.org.au.