This new series which starts on Thurs 4th June at 9 p.m. on Ch 4 could be of interest. I know that TV programmes about dementia often disappoint or frustrate us by not presenting what we regard as the unvarnished truth about the condition. But Twofour, the company behind the truly excellent 'Educating Essex' etc have been involved in making this one so it might well be worth a look.
For anyone interested, Dr David Sheard's Butterfly Scheme is included in the Channel 4 3 part series on dementia starting on Thursday at 9 pm. This is the scheme I've mentioned several times which has been adopted by Fred's care home and for which they are accredited. The programme should make for interesting watching and I hope I haven't broken any TP rules by mentioning it.
One of the problems I foresee is that whatever they focus on they will find it hard to scratch the surface of the complexity in a handful of programmes. And the 'loss of memory' will probably be over emphasised.
Just watched the 2nd half of this programme, as usual all the persons involved seem to be just happy and amenable, easily distracted, and not a all like my mum who can go from laughing -to total confusion in the blink of an eye, and is very distressed daily with what is/has happened to her over the last three years!
Just put a bit in the Tea Room about this. I found it very moving that a care home actually cared about the residents rather than correcting them all the time and trying to bring them into the present day, what harm does it do for the staff to go into the world the residents have?
The staff of the home in the programme seem to go out of their way to make the lives of the residents more enjoyable, rather than sticking them in a chair and leaving them, or sticking them in front of the TV or worse doping them up to the eyeballs to keep them quiet.
I cried through most of the programme because it brought back many memories for me. I loved the way they took people back to a happy time in their lives. I could usually do this with my mum when I talked about when my brother and I were babies this would always bring a smile to my mum's face. The fact that the staff did not wear uniforms I thought was much better and staff wearing pyjamas at night was a brilliant idea.
I think this is a much more sensible and kinder approach to caring with dementia residents. The staff had good knowledge of this illness, this home seemed a million miles away from other care homes, in a good and positive way
My mum was not as amenable as some of the residents in the programme but if I could manage to find out where she had "gone" in her head she was a little bit easier to care for..