Specialist housing and support for people suffering from dementia showcased at Liverpool event
Published by Susan Littlemore for Riverside in Care and Support and also in Health, Housing
Riverside tenants Pat Moffatt and Marie Hankin with Riverside Scheme Manager, Sara Davies (centre) at the Golden Years Roadshow.
A Liverpool housing association was one of a wide range of exhibitors at the 2014 Golden Years roadshow, which took place at the Adelphi Hotel on Thursday.
Riverside-ECHG, a specialist provider of support services to older single people and couples all across England, runs more than 100 schemes across the North West offering supported and sheltered housing to people aged over 55.
It was raising awareness of the support it offers to people suffering from dementia by showcasing its ‘Reminiscence Pod’ at the Golden Years roadshow.
Shortened to ‘RemPod’, it is a pop-up reminiscence stand and works by turning a care space into a more calming and familiar environment made up of features from past decades. They are helping to change the quality of life for people living with dementia at Riverside schemes across Liverpool.
The RemPod was developed by Richard Ernest in 2009 and was featured on BBC1’s Dragon’s Den where he received investment from Dragons Peter Jones and Deborah Meaden. He was inspired to set up the innovative healthcare product when he formed a close friendship an elderly neighbour who suffered with dementia.
RemPods are especially suitable for Riverside’s sheltered housing schemes to increase the surrounding stimuli for clients living with the progressive illnesses.
Riverside’s Area Manager, Dot Kelly, said: “Showcasing the RemPod at the Golden Years roadshow was a great success. It recreated a 1950s-style living room with authentic items from a wooden encased television set to a Bakelite telephone.
“RemPods can actively spark memories from earlier in our client’s lives in order to regale positive recollections and invigorate remembrance of past events.
“It attracted lots of attention from visitors at the roadshow who were able to find out about the work that Riverside does to care for elderly people in our sheltered schemes.”
Riverside aims to provide independence and security for older people, whilst supporting them to keep active and to be involved in their local community. Each year, Riverside provides sheltered housing and support for over 6,000 older people in more than two hundred schemes nationwide.
The organisation is working with the Dementia Action Alliance, a group of organisations working to improve services for people with dementia.