Reminiscence Tool Kits
Our reminiscence tool kits improve the wellbeing of people with dementia. These are designed to bring back memories, improve concentration and lift the mood.
Cultural Toolkit Wellbeing Wheel
Memory loss robs dementia sufferers of the vital identity, creativity and innovation. Preserving this is essential if we are to ensure people living with dementia are able to live meaningful lives, reconnect with their past and understanding more about who they are now.
Our Cultural Toolkit Wellbeing Wheel
Our Cultural Reminiscence Toolkit is way to help people to reconnect with their past, hold on to who they truly are, and act as a catalyst in their overall well-being.
This toolkit serves also to strengthen relationships between staff and residents, enabling carers to gain a deeper understanding of residents and to experience a different side of them.
Our cultural reminisce tool kits play an important role in the delivery of person-centred care for people living with dementia, as they are designed to bring back memories, improve concentration and lift the mood.
Memories Rekindled, Achievements Valued, & Relationships Enhanced.
Embracing Cultural Diversity
To collaborate and cooperate more effectively, bonds and understanding between care-givers and residents or individuals must first be established.
Our tools help eliminate unfavourable stereotypes and individual biases about various populations. Acknowledging and respecting “ways of being” that are not necessarily similar to our own is made easier by a good understanding of cultural diversity.
In time, with these principles, resources and support, we can create bridges within the healthcare industry for trust, respect, and understanding across cultural boundaries to blossom as we connect with others.
Our toolkits have been created to contain activities that activate the senses, as memories can be connected to many sections of the brain.
Touch can trigger memories, and common tactile experiences like feeling various vintage silk sari fabrics in one’s hands, firm, starched doilles, or a hand-crafted wooden slingshot can do this.
Giving your service users and patients the chance to share joyful recollections of the past lifts the mood and improves mental wellbeing, which is especially beneficial for elders struggling with daily living because this helps manage stress and keep related symptoms at bay.
Reminiscence therapy for dementia aims to make the most of your time together while also creating a comfortable environment to discuss any recollections that may surface.
Reminiscence therapy aims to help dementia patients feel appreciated, comfortable, and at peace by encouraging them to think back on their favourite past experiences.
Learning helps to keep the brain active which can ward off dementia or prevent symptoms from worsening. Elderly people and those who don’t frequently leave the house or engage in hobbies, socialising or activities are at risk of not getting enough stimulation to keep the brain active.
Our toolkits help to engage various areas of the brain and bring back some memories that could otherwise be forgotten, strengthening neural passageways and keeping the brain strong.
Reminiscence therapy provides people with a feeling of confidence and ability by giving them something they’re able to do well.
When someone has dementia, helping them feel safe and happy in their current reality is the top priority. The positive feelings gained from sharing these pleasant memories can soothe stress, boost mood, reduce frustration, and minimise challenging behaviours like wandering, outbursts, and more.
‘Health care collaboration and cooperation play an integral role in improving resident and service user outcomes, and for that to occur, bonds and understanding must be proactively developed between caregivers and individuals.’
Case Study – Julie
A care-worker with just a few years’ experience was aware that one of her residents, Delbert, had been increasingly withdrawn and difficult to deal with. She had read that he was born in Nevis, a land she had never heard of, admitting that she had, ‘zero knowledge of its location, history nor the culture of the place’.
Her request for the ‘Nevis Toolkit’ rather than the generic Caribbean one, was approved following a recent development session where the team was introduced to the ‘Cultural Reminisce Toolkits’, their benefits and how to use them.
As she familiarised herself with it, she discovered that even though all the large laminated photos and vintage physical artefacts were completely new and of interest to her, it was the detailed toolkit that she valued most. Each artefact / photo was given its own page, containing a brief description of it, along with a series of key trigger questions and comments that prompted Delbert to recall many previously dormant memories of his grandma, parents and friends from his early days ‘back home’.
Of equal importance she was to find, was the learning log at the bottom of each page, where she had scribbled notes about aspects of Delbert’s heritage, Nevis culture and the key things learned from what he had shared with her. These she knew would be invaluable in the future as she engaged with residents with a Nevisian heritage, and also with some of the current residents originally from other parts of the Caribbean.
Her new relationship with Delbert, was unimaginable compared to what it had been before, and he particularly looked forward to watching the old time Nevis videos that she played for him. She felt empowered by the Cultural Toolkit.
‘By using it, it wasn’t only Delbert who gained, as I was also able to better connect with him and learn to better respect and acknowledge ‘ways of being’ that are very different from my own and gain a deeper appreciation of cultural diversity.’</em
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