The amazing Daybreak Club staff, like Rachel and Corinne from Rosewood, are still working hard to maintain contact with the families which we support. The government announcement last week has meant that we have to make sure that our contacts are done remotely, to protect our staff and family members, but we are having regular telephone calls to check on everyone. Families have been giving us up-dates on our Club members and letting us know what they are up to. They are also very much appreciating our twice weekly emails, which include various activities to keep people stimulated and entertained. They are really enjoying the quizzes and this week we have been encouraging families to try a bit of Hokey Cokey, with a video link to join in with!
We are also thinking about other people across Oxfordshire who are living with dementia, and the pressures this is putting on their families, particularly in times of social isolation. Studies have shown that caring for someone with dementia can have a severe impact on the physical and mental well-being of carers, with over 50% reporting experiencing depression and a variety of other medical issues. So if you have friends or neighbours who are dealing with this, why not give them a quick phone call to let them know you are thinking of them. Just a bit of contact will mean the world to them.