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As part of Seniors Week celebrations in August, our Community Care Service on the Gold Coast hosted a dementia-friendly café experience for people with dementia and their families.
The café, set up at Southport Church of Christ, attracted about 50 people who enjoyed a supportive environment that fully considered the needs of people with dementia.
Operations Manager Elizabeth Hutchinson said they considered all the little things that could help make the experience easier and more relaxing for their guests.
“We created an atmosphere that was calm and reassuring, making sure that everyone was welcomed and felt a sense of belonging,” Elizabeth said.
“We paid special attention to way-finding, ensuring that signage, layout and decorations promoted independence, while interactions were supportive, positive and individualised.”
“People living with dementia are sensitive to the emotional atmosphere—the décor was familiar, with a feeling on reminiscence evoked. Table settings with cups and saucers, teapots and milk jugs, flowers on the tables, familiar homely objects and decorations, including vases of greenery and flowers and bowls of fruit on the counter. An antique tea trolley was set up at the entrance and enhanced the theme of the day,” she said.
Carers had the opportunity to speak with dementia care specialists and access a range of information to help them understand and care for their loved one.
We gratefully acknowledge funding received for this event from the Queensland Government Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services and the support of COTA Queensland.