Dementia is a growing problem for many families these days but now The Haven, the Lanarkshire charity, hopes to offer help.
It is recruiting volunteer therapists for a new befriending project which will offer tailored, flexible support to meet the needs of dementia carers and their loved ones in the comfort of their own home.
Haven nurse Karen King said: “This is an exciting new initiative and a fantastic opportunity for experienced therapists who want to volunteer and want to make a real difference to the lives of individuals and their families.”
Volunteer therapists will receive special training in massaging people who have dementia, and they will become ‘Dementia Friends’.
The Haven already provides emotional and practical support to those affected by life-limiting illnesses, including cancer, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease and to their family members and carers.
The Haven’s multi-disciplinary team of nurses, therapist and volunteers work together to help people to cope with the complex emotional, physical and practical impacts of illness.
They enable them to understand their illness and treatment better, and to reduce stress.
Above all, they aim to improve the quality of life of their clients and support them to live life positively and with hope.
The Haven operates centres in Blantyre, Wishaw and Forth, where it has just announced plans for a new purpose-built centre to replace the council flat which has been its base for years.
It also offers a Haven @ Home service, providing support in the homes of those with more complex needs.
The charity has been recognised nationally as an innovative and dynamic organisation and it is currently expanding its provision of supportive and palliative care services in communities across Lanarkshire.
But now it has identified a need for support for dementia patients and their carers at home.
The Haven is urgently looking to recruit volunteer therapists to help get the Haven @ Home Volunteer Therapist Befriending Initiative started.
Any qualified aromatherapist/massage therapist and/or reflexologist with at least two years experience out there, who would like to be involved in this exciting project and help to make a real difference to the lives of families living in our communities, is asked to get in touch.
Nurses involved are Karen King in the Blantyre centre and Brenda Parker from the Forth centre, which supports clients living in rural Clydesdale and surrounding areas.
For more details, and to download an information pack and an application form, visit The Haven website at www.thehavencentre.com
Application forms for those in Clydesdale should be returned to Brenda at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Haven also wants to recruit qualified therapists on a sessional, self-employed basis at its centres.
More information and details on this is available on the website too.