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                      Ross Dementia Meeting Centre - Home page       

                                              hosted by Christ Church in Edde Cross Street

Find out if this site is for you by reading the Ross DMC A5 leaflet   here .    Updates  Contact       


 10 Dec 2018 - see Updates in green panel.

Welcome to this exciting and innovative local service for people with mild or moderate dementia which is designed to provide support to them and their carers/families, and offer an enjoyable and adaptive programme.

If just one page is to be read, it is Risk assessment here.

This set of pages outlines the philosophy and procedures within the Ross DMC. 

The fact that only two DMCs have emerged from a three-year research project has inspired the creation of the third one in Ross. The two have demonstrated that local dementia care provision must not depend on inclusion of the carer-respite parking-model where the carer leaves the person with needs at a conventional daycare centre for the day.  

The carer-participation approach used in Holland has proved far more successful. Volunteers are needed for whom it is a generous  privilege to participate in reducing the burden of dementia for those who suffer it, and a privilege to  be part of reducing the burden of other dementia-carers and their carees.  That applies to independent carees who, until now, have not been given special consideration.

It needs to be said that DMCs came to England form Holland via a multi-thousand £ international research project to explore whether they work here, Italy and Poland.  Two were set up in Droitwich and Leominster and cost £90K pa to operate.  Two or three lesser DMCs were set up since.  

The DMC in Ross, far from costing £90K pa was set up with £300 and runs supported by volunteers and minimal funding.

The Government has taken no interest.  The Alzheimer’s Society withdrew its £ support at the end of the project.

Such situation can only lead to very few new DMCs.  I have proved it is less daunting than the University of Worcester dictates.

Prof Alan F Harrison -website author and Ross DMC founder.  March 2017

 Contact   07952 060505

  1. Risk assessment   here here

  2. Ross DMC A5 leaflet  here 

  3. Volunteers page  here 
  5. A day in the life of Ross DMC  here

  6. Ross DMC Carer page here

  7. Carer stress here 

  8. Caree page here

  9. Activities for carees and carers here

  10. which includes Poetry here from the DIY DMC set of pages - see foot of that page
  11.  Ross DMC FAQs here

  12. Song and music here

  13. Equipment  here

  14. Reminiscence  here
  16. Carees paint pictures here 

  17. Money here

  18. Working towards Panels 3 & 4 here 

  19. Christ Church here  

  20. National Dementia Strategy 2018

    Full steam ahead for the new Ross Dementia Centre  - Ross Gazette  here.

    New Ross DMC is getting ready to open - Ross Gazette - here 

    1.  donation! here 





125 Dementia Meeting Centres - DMCs - have been successful in the Netherlands for over ten years. They focus on helping the person with dementia - the caree, their carer, and their family adapt to living with dementia.  Hitherto, no distinction has been made regarding independent carees and their families.  

An international project set up more DMCs in other countries and but created two only in Leominster and Droitwich.  They ran on three days per week. The project website demonstrates it is now a dead duck by not updating its pages.  One example. The two DMCs ran on £90K pa.

I was the only person to keep the public informed as seen here.  It now operates as a shadow of its former self.

The Ross DMC began with £300 of my money and started operating 1/7  from 1100 to 1500 in March 2017. Never mind £90K pa.  More like £400 pa.


In the UK, and so far, carees in the daycare and other situations are separated from their carers.
The huge difference between a daycare centre and a DMC is that carers participate in the wider aspects of the care process which is person-centred.  This, essentially, is treating the caree, with dignity and respect: understanding their history, lifestyle, culture and preferences: and looking at situations from the point of view of the person and not a set of symptoms. 

Carees are, obviously, the focus of the Ross DMC energy.  They are as much a part of the energy as its purpose and that will be explained.  As you have learned, carers are the second dimension of the energy.  You'd think that helping in the process of reducing the effect of dementia on the caree is the carer's sole focus.  You'd be right, and there's more to it.  Carers learn to focus within a new balance. They learn to care as much for themselves as they learn new ways to improve their carees' condition. 

They are shown how to consider their new role within the Ross DMC therapeutic process as a form of respite to which they contribute and from which they themselves gain.  With fewer carers being able to leave their carees at conventional day centres, the parking model  of respite, due to government cuts, carers at Ross DMC will soon see the new model of provision as much better than daycare second best.

Independent carees are self-carers and are included when the word carer/s is used.


                                          The caree
                               and independent carees 

The carer                                                              The DMC
carers and independent carees 

There is a care-triangle of the caree, the carer and the Ross DMC as a cohesive and groundbreaking model for dealing with the growing numbers of dementia sufferers.

Participation in the care provision and process is the key characteristic of the DMC. The Ross DMC focuses the "care inwards" on carees and carers who soon learn how to focus their "care outwards". 

The Ross DMC comprises trained volunteers who lead some of the activities and who also marshal specialists to assist in the various therapeutic processes.  Often, were anyone to drop in, they couldn't distinguish who's whom.

Within the four in the front row, Beryl in black is a caree whose carer is busy in Shed Talk  in another room. Rena in red is the volunteer,  Jean in the grey jersey is the caree.  Brenda in blue is an independent caree who can cope without a carer.    Yes, it's a Knit and Natter session! With a purpose, as you will see later.

We'll move on now and look at

A day in the life of Ross DMC here 

pagetop    Ross Dementia Meeting Centre - Home page here

               A day in the life of Ross DMC here