DO YOU SUFFER FROM 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:
COGNITIVE STIMULATION THERAPY (CST) – Wednesday (£6 a session)
CST is a therapy for people with mild to moderate dementia, shown in research to have 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 (CST) – £6 a session
MCST is a follow on from the initial CST group, it follows a similar format, and we are now able to make this an ongoing group, with no set end date. (Individual reviews will take place every 4 months.) The aim of this group is to maintain the benefits achieved in the CST group. 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.
THURSDAY CONVERSATION CAFE
(10am-11.15am ) — £6 a session
This is an ongoing ‘coffee and chat’ style group, using the principles of Cognitive Stimulation Therapy. It is aimed at people waiting to start a CST group or have completed the CST and MCST programmes. It is a relaxed group, lead by staff and volunteers trained in CST. This is a group that carers can attend as well if they wish.
Contact Sarah to attend this group.
THURSDAY ACTIVITY GROUP -1pm – 3pm – £12
This group offers a variety of physical activities e.g. ball games, table tennis, snooker as well as board games, arts and crafts, and other activities.This group also offers occasional outings. Many people enjoy gardening therefore; we are creating a sensory garden just outside the ACT Centre, with a lovely large summerhouse for people to enjoy as well.
Contact Sarah to attend this group.
THURSDAY AFTERNOON GROUPS – 2pm – 3pm – £6 a session
These groups will be covering a variety of things from using tablet computers to shared listening to music or poetry. We will also be using the ‘Key Principles’ and activities of Cognitive Stimulation Therapy, so this group can be seen as an informal Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy group.
Please contact Sarah for further information.
OUTREACH SUPPORT SERVICE
This service offers a trained practitioner to provide one to one CST or general dementia support in the home. The cost for this is £12 for 45 minutes.
Contact Sarah to discuss this service further or to arrange a home assessment.
CARERS SUPPORT GROUP
1st Wednesday of each month 2pm – 3 pm (occasionally this group is 10am-11am instead so call to check)
TRAINING FOR CARERS — £10 for a 2 hour session
A training session to help understand the needs of the person living with dementia. To offer hints, tips and share experiences. We will also look at some of the practical help available . Please contact Sarah for further information.
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:
A CST Plus! Group.
Outreach support to individuals and care providers.
This network will cover the following areas – Aylsham, North Walsham, Cromer, Holt and Wells
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’ of CST Hence the ‘Plus!’
This project is supported by:
the North Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group.
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