Herworld (Malaysia) - - HER STORY -

Car­ing With you doesn’t have a set pro­gramme – it’s only de­ter­mined every morn­ing, af­ter the cen­tre’s care­givers have eval­u­ated and seg­re­gated their clients into groups based on their level of func­tion­al­ity, lan­guage, and in­ter­ests. Do­ing away with tra­di­tion and strict rules, you won’t find de­men­tia sig­nage around the premise as they pre­fer to re­fer to them­selves as an ex­clu­sive so­cial club. They also take into ac­count every in­di­vid­ual’s pre-de­men­tia life­style and do their best to em­u­late those rou­tines.

So, don’t be sur­prised to find ses­sions where a group of house­wives are given a bundle of laun­dry to sort out – but­ton­ing up shirts can help with cog­ni­tive abil­i­ties. Clients will also be able to par­tic­i­pate in cro­quet, gar­den­ing, bak­ing, art work, and mu­si­cal ac­tiv­i­ties. For in­di­vid­u­als with high be­havioural chal­lenges, they are brought into a sen­sory room for a talk to calm them down be­fore they join the groups once more. But what­ever the ac­tiv­ity, you can be sure they place se­ri­ous em­pha­sis on en­cour­ag­ing so­cial en­gage­ment – to put that gleam and will to live back in their clients’ eyes.

1. The cen­tre has gar­den­ing ac­tiv­i­ties 2. Arts and crafts in ses­sion 3. Mu­sic plays a vi­tal role in all ac­tiv­i­ties 4. The paint­ing on the walls can be wiped off 5. The sen­sory room

Founded by Dei­dre Low and He­len, it’s a de­men­tia en­rich­ment cen­tre that caters –care­fully – to the needs of those with the dis­ease. 3, Jalan Batai, Bukit Da­mansara, 50490, Kuala Lumpur 03-20111806

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