This is a befriending service for those in the early stages of dementia, who require friendship and stimulation. It also supports the carer by providing a break for them.
The key is “compatible companionship”. Each client will be twinned with a suitable friend. This support may be inside or outside the client’s home.
The service offered will be two or three hours weekly/fortnightly, during which time it is envisaged that a relationship will grow into a friendship that will endure up to and including into Nursing Home care, continuing to provide a back up service to the professionals and the family. Continuity of the relationship is of paramount importance and volunteers will be selected partly on their capacity and willingness to make a long term commitment.
Volunteers will receive training. This will consist of six sessions initially over six weeks, each of two and a half hours duration. Other training may take place in the form of occasional peer group discussion sessions during the year.