Being in the hospital can be a daunting thing for anybody, however, what is it like for those that have Dementia or Alzheimers? Living with this whilst being in a hospital can bring additional stress and confusion to the individual.
Roch Valley Radio the hospital radio station at Fairfield Hospital is working with the Bury and Rochdale Care Organisation on providing a ‘Dementia Friendly Breakfast Show’ whereby each morning the station plays music that is tailored to the patients on the wards that may suffer from dementia, targeting music from their childhood, past memories and such.
The radio can entertain, engage and reduce the feeling of isolation for some patients. It can do this for any of us, but for the patient with dementia, it can provide a precious link to a world of music.
To make this happen, we’re looking for volunteers to join the radio stations team at Fairfield, you don’t need to have a background in technology or music, we’re just looking for volunteers that can communicate and are compassionate when visiting and speaking to patients. This will help us gather relevant music requests and raise awareness on the wards.
Each volunteer will receive the relevant training including receiving the training to become a “Dementia Friend” to help carry out the role. We’re looking for anyone that has a couple of hours each week, ideally early mornings, but afternoons and evenings are fine too.
Councillor Shori has been the leader of Bury Council for 18 Months and we discussed the borough-wide issues he has had to address in his time in office.
We spoke at length about his desire to improve the environmental health of Bury, including his involvement in the big clean switch campaign www.bigcleanswitch.org a UK first scheme being piloted in Manchester which aims to get people to swap to clean energy tariffs and the Environmental engagement events which are coming up over the next few months.
We also put to rights the best way to fill in potholes and even got a worldwide exclusive.
Laura Beth interviewed Louise Cope and Girlguiding spokesperson Ellie Scales from Girl Guiding Lancashire South East
Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK, with more than half a million members. Thanks to the dedication and support of 100,000 amazing volunteers, they are active in every part of the UK, giving girls and young women a space where they can be themselves, have fun, build brilliant friendships, gain valuable life skills and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities.
After Hate is part of Preston-based, volunteer-led, social enterprise Global Amigos. They originally formed to encourage victims to report incidents of hate and, whilst researching the issue of hate crime, and learning of the statistics ourselves, they decided to invest in developing a broader platform which would be accessible from across the UK irrespective of the prejudice and regardless of it being based on sexuality, race, religion, disability or gender identity
Tim Moore interviewed Paul Parlby, Chief Executive officer for Crossroads Together
Crossroads together offer support to hundreds of families across Greater Manchester by offering practical care and support in the home, this can be from an hour to an overnight, weekends or a full week’s support 24hrs a day, 7 days a week.
During visits they can help with preparation of meals, feeding, washing and bathing and help with some light domestic tasks. All staff are also trained in prompting and giving medication and are also trained in specialist health tasks. Staff are also trained to take you and or your loved one out into the community to do the things they like to do for example visit a park, attend a community event, go to the cinema or attend a doctor/hospital appointment.
They can also help with temporary support through a period of convalescence or recuperation when returning from hospital; providing intensive support to help with re-enablement.
If you wish to contact the organisation using the below details
Crossroads Together Helpline
Telephone 0161 905 1986
Head Office – Bolton
Telephone 01204 365025
We also played some great music in between chatting ranging from Kool and the Gang to The Cult