March 12th, 2013
RICE (The Research Institute for the Care of Older People) is an internationally renowned research centre based in Bath. We are currently looking for people with a diagnosis of dementia to take part in a number of exciting new treatment studies. You might be eligible for a study if you :-
- Are between the ages of 50-90
- have already got a diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease
- have a reliable caregiver to help with appointments and general support throughout the study
- Live in your own home (ie not in a care/residential home)
All study-related care is provided free of charge to patients. Travel costs may also be provided.
If you would like to find out more
please call 01225 467420
The RICE Centre, Royal United Hospital, Bath, BA1 3NG
February 20th, 2013
Do you care for someone who has dementia or memory problems?
Would you like to meet others who have similar experiences and responsibilities?
Meet other carers socially, share ideas, learn more about dementia and support each other in a friendly easily accessible place with staff from Kingfisher Lodge, Alzheimer’s Society and the Carer Centre
We meet monthly and our format is shaped by what you tell us you would like.
First Thursday of every month at Kingfisher Lodge, Chestnut Walk, Saltford, BS31 3BG from 2pm ~ 3.30pm
For more information call: Steve Walindi (01225 871039), Carers’ Centre (0800 0388 885) or Rena Cottis (07540 921035)
February 20th, 2013
Do you care for someone who has dementia or memory problems?
Would you like to meet other carers who have similar experiences and responsibilities?
Share ideas and learn more about dementia in a friendly and accessible place, with Rena and Neil from the Alzheimer’s Society and the Carers’ Centre.
Replacement care is provided free and on-site while you attend the group. For our first meeting we also have musical entertainment from Lindy and Geoff while we all have tea together
We hope to meet monthly and our format will be shaped by what you tell us you want from the group. Come along to our first meeting on Friday 8th March, 2pm – 3.30pm at Woodland Grove, Weston Park, Lower Weston, Bath, BA1 4AS
For more information call: Natalie Hodgeson (01225 464004), Neil Drinkwater (0800 0388 885) or Rena Cottis (07540 921035)
January 25th, 2013
Singing For The Brain has been so popular at The Peggy Dodd Centre that they will now meet on a weekly basis. It starts at 10.00am with light refreshments and is followed at 10.30am with an hour of singing and musical activities. It is led by Lindy Platt, a retired primary school teacher, and supported financially by the Trustees of Peggy Dodd. It is run in conjunction with Alzheimer’s Society. These events are for carers and the ones they care for. There is no charge for this activity, but donations for refreshments are welcome. For more information contact: Margaret Klestadt 0n 01225 864464. You will always get a really warm welcome, so do give Margaret a call.
December 19th, 2012
How would I know? What can I do?
A new guide for carers which provides advice on how to help with pain and distress in people with dementia, has been published by NCPC as part of the Prime Minister’s Dementia Challenge.
‘How would I know’ offers a range of top tips to help carers and health and care professionals identify whether someone with dementia may be in pain or distress, advice on what may be causing this and a range of possible solutions. For more information…..
December 18th, 2012
Christmas and New Year, although a time to be with family and friends and have fun, for many carers this can add additional pressure. Too often we can all rush around buying, making things that don’t really matter, to help reduce the worry here are a few tips:
- If family and friends are coming, make life a little easier don’t make cakes and mince pies buy them. Get the super market to deliver!
- Let the family know you are keeping things simple and if they offer to bring food accept it, make suggestions of what you need so you don’t end up with tons of sausage rolls.
- If they offer help so you can do shopping or help on the day – accept it!
- If family and friends don’t offer help – don’t be afraid to ask for it.
- When you are asked what you would like for a present, suggest things that you would find helpful: sitting for a couple of hours with the person you care for, gardening, cooking a meal, decorating or even some equipment that would make life easier.
- In the New Year make a resolution to make your role as a carer easier, there are several support groups – the Carers Centre always has a great selection of events taking place as well as the opportunity to talk to professionals and other carers. Try one of the training sessions that take place at RICE.
Carers Centre – 0800 0388 885
RICE – 01225 476420
December 13th, 2012
RICE (Research Institute for the Care of Older People) is to be featured on the BBC Lifeline Christmas Charity Appeal. The broadcast is on BBC1 on Sunday 16 December at 4.05pm, and again on BBC2 on Wednesday 19 December at 1.30pm. Hosting the appeal is Tony Robinson, whose personal experience of dementia with his Mother and Father gives him an insight into the devastation the disease can cause. Also explaining the challenges of living with dementia and how RICE has helped them are Sir Terry Pratchett and Ingrid Aspell, whose husband Terry has Alzheimer’s disease. For more details……
RICE is an internationally renowned dementia research and treatment centre located in Bath. It is a registered charity focused on essential research and providing support for people with dementia, their families and carers, dedicated to improving the quality of life of everyone involved.
December 4th, 2012
RICE holds courses specifically for the carers of individuals with memory problems and/or dementia. The course consists of 4 sessions which are usually held over four consecutive Friday afternoons. These run from 1.30pm to 3.30 pm at the RICE Centre building at the Royal United Hospital in Bath.
They also offer a sitting service so if your relative or friend wants to come along, members of our staff (nurses and psychologists) can look after them while you attend the course. They usually organise some games / activities or just chat and have refreshments.
RICE Carers Courses aim to increase a carer’s knowledge of:
- Current medical thinking on the cause of memory impairment
- How individuals with memory problems are diagnosed
- What services and benefits are available to them and the people they care for
- The roles of different professional staff
- Possible problems associated with memory impairment
- Simple strategies to help care for an individual with memory problems.
An example of a previous carers course programme:
1) What is dementia? – RICE medical doctor
2) Legal aspects of being a carer – A local solicitor
1) Who cares for the carer? – The Carers Support Network
2) Caring and coping – A local psychiatrist
1) Day care – The Peggy Dodd Centre
2) Benefits and allowances – Age concern
1) Memory problems in dementia and what we can do – RICE Neuropsychologist
2) Assistive Technologies – Bath Institute of Medical Engineering (BIME)
For more information about courses or to provisionally book a place please contact RICE on 01225 476420 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
November 8th, 2012
The Prime Minister, David Cameron, is calling on a million members of the public to provide support for people with dementia. He has set out his ambitious plan to create masses of “dementia friends” who will be able to spot the signs of the condition and offer support. The Prime Minister, who says that tackling dementia is a “personal priority” of his, is hopeful that one million people will sign up to receive coaching sessions by 2015. Read more….
October 23rd, 2012
A BIG apology for all those who usually attend the Dementia Café at The Bear, sadly it did not take place in October due to the sudden and unforseen closure of the Bear for 3 days whilst it was taken over by new owners. Rena Cottis and Sharon Sorungbe have since consulted with the new owners and they are happy for the Café to continue as planned the first Tuesday of each month, so it will be up and running in November. If you would like to know more about the Dementia Café at The Bear contact:07795 355046.