Care for the Elderly

Riverside Club

Living in a beautiful area undoubtedly has many benefits, but for some it can be a very lonely place.  Lack of transport can create isolation and vulnerability; the loss of a partner or loved one, can leave people wondering how they can ever start to live their lives again.  Loneliness affects the health and wellbeing of many older people in the UK and is one the biggest issues of today.

The aim of the Riverside Club is to bring people together to have fun, mentally and physically; laugher is the best medicine.  A typical day would start with a cuppa and biscuits, a themed quick-fire quiz or word wheel, followed by an art, craft, baking, musical, travel or historical activity, then some gentle exercise followed by a two-course lunch.  The afternoon might include some lively activities such as balloon tennis, seated basketball or skittles, giant board games, group games or some external entertainment.  It’s different every week as our days are planned/themed appropriately to fit the time of year.

There is no pressure to participate in all activities, but most members enjoy getting involved! The Riverside Club runs twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays, from 9.30am-3.00pm and members may attend one day a week or both.  We are able to care for the elderly and frail, and for those affected by memory loss.

If you would like more information or wish to arrange a taster
visit, please contact 
Lynn Pulman on 01823 680687 or email riverside@bhlac.org.uk

Memory Café

On the second Tuesday of every month, between 10.30am – 12.00pm, Memory Café provides an informal get-together for people affected by memory loss, those with dementia and their families or carer.  We are able to provide information, support for carers and access to health and social staff in a welcoming and relaxed setting.

We arrange gentle activities each month and regular reminiscence sessions.  Encouraging memory recall whilst accessing objects from the past has been shown to improve the health and well-being of older people and those suffering with dementia.

You are welcome to drop in for a cuppa and a chat. If you require transport to attend Memory Café, please contact the Blackdown Support Group. blackdownsupportgroup.org.uk

If you would like more information about Memory Café please call 01823 680687 or email centre@bhlac.org.uk