The staff at Daybreak are committed to providing a friendly, welcoming and stimulating environment for people living with dementia.
On 12th March, Daybreak had to make the difficult decision to close our three dementia day clubs for the foreseeable future. The people who attend are amongst the most vulnerable, with many aged over 80 with underlying health conditions. So it was important to keep them and the Daybreak staff safe.
During this period of lockdown, where we are all learning to adapt to the ever-changing situation created by the Covid-19 virus, Daybreak was determined to continue with its support of our club members and their families. Our dedicated and experienced staff have been working hard to maintain contact with the families we support, via regular telephone calls. We have also been sending email newsletters three times a week with stories and quizzes to help keep the brain active, and suggestions for gentle exercise for physical well-being.
Understandably, our club members are missing their friends and their regular visits to Daybreak clubs. But we know that they are still enjoying similar activities with their families at home, with the help of the information we are able to provide. Family carers have benefitted from continued support and advice to help ease the pressure of being largely confined to home.
We very much look forward to the day when we can re-open our clubs and our members can return and enjoy the full benefit of our vital services.
As well as companionship, we offer a wide variety of activities including gentle exercise programmes, games to provide mental stimulation and music therapy. The power of music to unlock memories and enable social interaction is an increasingly key feature of dementia care. It seems to reach parts of the damaged brain in ways other forms of communication cannot.
Visitors tell us that Daybreak Clubs are happy places, with warm, caring and well-trained staff. They see that our Clubs make a positive difference to all who come. Our Daybreak Rosewood Club was recently presented with a Dignity in Care Award by Age UK.
We also provide support to carers and families. As well as giving a range of advice and information, we employ a Carers Support Worker who runs carer groups and is also available for one-to-one meetings with those caring for our Club members.
Please read Mary’s story about the impact of Daybreak on her and her husband Sir Brian Tovey.
Daybreak was a revelation, somewhere where I could take my dearest and leave him to the wonderful care of the Manager. I must admit to having a few tears as I walked away from the Limes that first day I left him, like leaving a child on their first day at school. But I was so grateful that I could leave Brian in very capable hands – in a very welcoming environment – and have a few hours to myself to get my hair done, do some essential shopping, visit the bank, etc., without worrying.
Daybreak provides stimulation for its members in many different forms, puzzles, jigsaws, music, poetry, singing, floor games and a hot meal; a forum where the members meet new friends, have some stimulation, be treated as a normal responsive human being, even though their sensory abilities are, in some cases, very much impaired. And there is a lot of laughter!
Read Mary’s Full story here