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