Re-in­vig­o­rat­ing lives of de­men­tia pa­tients

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By LAURA MCKOY

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.

Go­ing green:

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