Re-invigorating lives of dementia patients
There was a sparkle in everyone’s eyes at Matamata’s Kingswood Healthcare last Friday as they celebrated St Patrick’s Day and raised money for Spark of Life.
Spark of Life is a programme for caregivers to ensure they are doing their part to rekindle the spark in people who have dementia.
Kingswood is a facility specifically for people with dementia who require fulltime care.
To raise money each resident made a green hat in support of St Patrick’s Day with a story of their life on the front.
One woman loved jewellery so glued pictures of jewels all over hers, another had vegetables because he was known as the best vegetable grower around and another represented his Kenyan culture.
After a delicious lunch and bright green lamingtons the hats were auctioned and many of the residents took their turn bidding.
Former Kingswood owner Barbara Falconer trains caregivers in Spark of Life and was back to talk to the residents and visitors about the programme she described as life-changing.
‘‘ We are celebrating Spark of Life week March 11 to 17 this week so what we wanted to do was raise funds so people like me could get help to go and be trained in the programme,’’ Ms Falconer said.
‘‘Ten of us from around the world were chosen to study it and it is life changing. Doing the course gives you a fantastic grounding in the step-by-step process in looking after those with dementia.