Empowering people with early dementia through choice
Although the word ‘dementia’ is becoming more recognised in the wider community, it’s not without certain stigmas and limitations attached to the disease.
At RDNS SA (part of the Silver Chain Group) we strive to remove these through our Active Minds and Wellbeing Program.
This program focuses on preserving cognitive functioning in clients with early-stage dementia, enabling them to stay at home for longer.
We offer our clients the opportunity to participate in meaningful activities, where choice and interests are combined to provide therapeutic benefits. Program activities include:
music and singalongs across different generations
visiting places of interest, such as Virginia Nursery, St Kilda, Harndorf, Strathalbyn, wildlife parks, Port River dolphin cruises, Goolwa for whale watching, and chocolate and cheese factory tours
DIY sessions at Bunnings
gentle movement and exercise classes… just to name a few!
The importance of promoting choices
By promoting choices to people where there is a level of cognitive impairment, it gives empowerment and boosts confidence, giving a sense of purpose and involvement in their decision making.
The more activities and options we provide for our clients to participate in, the more engaged they become.
It’s just like any of us, if it’s something we’re interested in, we willingly want to be involved. This often leads to commitment and positive outcomes that can have a flow on effect to our home and family life.
The Active Minds and Wellbeing Program is run across the Adelaide metropolitan area by our trained and experienced team, offering friendly and judgement-free environments that enable friendships to blossom through shared encounters.
While the time spent with us is short (approximately 6 hours per week), the impact is very clear to see; our clients all go home happy with a smile on their faces.
A common question we often get asked as our clients say goodbye is, ‘So I'll be seeing you again next week?’
Photo: a recent Active Minds and Wellbeing Program trip to Virginia Home and Garden Centre.
We'll help you understand your options
We’ll talk through your situation and can advise on what we think your best option will be. Our advice is free and always puts your needs front and centre.