DO YOU EXPERIENCE MEMORY LOSS, DIFFICULTIES IN THINKING, PROBLEM SOLVING AND SPEAKING?
If so, Cognitive Stimulation Therapy can have a positive impact on these symptoms. Why not come along to one of our CST Groups. All these services are suitable for people with memory problems:
SERVICES AVAILABLE AT ACT
All these services are suitable for people with memory problems:
Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST)
Cost – £6 a session
CST is a therapy for people with mild to moderate dementia, developed at University College London and shown in research to have a positive impact on people’s levels of cognition, communication and quality of life. The group comprises 14 sessions, each lasting 1 hour and are for 6-8 people. The sessions are quite structured and follow a set of ‘Key Principles’ which ensure stimulating, positive, person centred therapy is delivered. It is important to attend all 14 sessions if possible, to gain the maximum benefit.
Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (MCST) Cost- £6 a session
MCST is a follow on from the initial CST group, it uses a similar format. Groups will run for at least 24 sessions. The aim of this group is to maintain the benefits achieved in the CST group so it is for people who are able to enjoy communicating and taking part in all the activities. These groups could contain up to 12 people, and also last an hour. This is specifically for people who have previously attended CST.
Outreach Support Services
All Outreach services will entail an initial home assessment.
We can offer:
A planned programme of ‘one to one’ CST work in people’s own homes or more general dementia support visits. These visits cost £15 for a 45-minute session.
These sessions will be will be delivered by a trained member of staff. During these visits, she can give advice on other services available at ACT.
We can also offer occasional Carer Support home visits.
Thursdays 10am – 11.15am
£6 a session
This group is aimed at people who are waiting to start CST or have completed the CST and MCST programme, but the only real criteria you need is to be able to enjoy a conversation.
This is a relaxed coffee and chat style group using the principles of CST.
It is led by staff and volunteers trained in CST. This is a group that carers can attend as well if they wish.
Thursday Luncheon Club
12 noon – 1pm (food served at 12.15pm) Cost £8 for a set 2 course meal and staff support. Meals to be booked a week in advance. Monthly menu available.
The Activity Group
Thursdays 1pm – 3pm Cost £12
This group focuses on physical and creative activities, including table tennis, bowls, pool, seated ball game, knitting and table top games. There is a garden just outside the ACT Centre, which group members may plant in or just enjoy being in on a nice day.
Carers Support Groups
1st Wednesday of each month 2pm – 3 pm (times may vary while CST groups are running) No need to book you can just turn up. Occasional Extra focused Carers groups, dates will be advertised, booking essential.
ACT offers training in:
Understanding Dementia and An Introduction to Cognitive Stimulation Therapy Workshop’ Please contact Sarah for further information
All our groups are led by members of ACT staff, who are supported by ACT volunteers, who have completed the relevant training in ‘understanding dementia’ or ‘Cognitive Stimulation Therapy’
We need to remind people that, while we do our absolute best to be aware of all the needs of the people that attend our groups, we are not a secure daycentre and as such there will always be an element of risk involved in any ‘open to the public’ establishment, which our centre is. We believe the benefits of this normal environment far outweigh any potential risk.
North Norfolk Project
The aim of this project is to create a CST Network across North Norfolk, so that people who are living with Dementia can access CST, nearer to where they live.
We will offer:
An ongoing CST group
Outreach support to individuals and care providers.
This network will cover the following areas – Aylsham, North Walsham, Cromer and Fakenham.
Staff from the Aylsham Care Trust (which is our base) who are trained and experienced in working with this Therapy will be working in each area setting up these groups.
CST is usually offered for a set amount of people for a set amount of sessions. But in this case, we will offer it to more people and it will be ongoing in nature, but we will always use the essential key principles ‘
This project is supported by:
and Aysham and District Care Trust
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
SARAH PURDY RMN
DEMENTIA SERVICES DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
(Formerly training and coordinating Cognitive Stimulation Therapy within the NHS)
TEL. 01263 733385
| Reg. Charity No. 296411 AYLSHAM & DISTRICT CARE TRUST (ACT)
St. Michael’s Avenue
Aylsham, Norwich, NR11 6YA