Cel­e­brat­ing Alzheimer’s day

Te Puke Times - - NEWS - By AMY DI­A­MOND news@tepuke­times.co.nz

Te Puke’s Carter House turned pur­ple last week to cel­e­brate its res­i­dents on Alzheimer’s Day.

A group of staff mem­bers, res­i­dents and their fam­i­lies gath­ered in the de­men­tia wing on Septem­ber 21 to hear the read­ing of a novel, lis­ten to mu­sic and en­joy an af­ter­noon tea to­gether.

Jane Phillips, one of four ac­tiv­i­ties co- or­di­na­tors, said the day was all about show­ing the com­mu­nity what hap­pens on the ward.

About 15 peo­ple cur­rently lived on the de­men­tia ward and Jane says there were al­ways laughs and fun times as ev­ery per­son was on their own unique jour­ney.

“It’s about let­ting peo­ple know [our res­i­dents] may not al­ways re­mem­ber but they will never for­get,” she says.

Fa­cil­ity man­ager, Mary McDon­ald said it was im­por­tant for the com­mu­nity to know Alzheimer’s is not a scary process and the de­men­tia wing is not a scary place.

She of­ten gets asked if a fam­ily mem­ber en­ters the ward can they ever leave.

She said ev­ery per­son was dif­fer­ent and many res­i­dents go out­side of the fa­cil­ity most days for a cof­fee and to spend time with their loved ones.

Carter House thanked Te Puke Florist, Pa­per Plus Te Puke and Mitre 10 Te Puke for sup­port.

PHOTO / AMY DI­A­MOND

Staff and res­i­dents at Carter House cel­e­brated Alzheimer’s Day with an af­ter­noon tea.

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