New Ross Dementia Centre is well underway - via the Gazette

Ross DMC Press Release to RG for Feb 1 2017            hidden page        Ross DMC Home page here 

New Ross Dementia Centre is well underway            December version here

                                                                                                                      Its Press release here

                                Ross Mental Healthcare provision press release - February 2017  here



1220 Monday

Update re Gazette on the  Ross DMC Home page here - OK?

1026 Monday

Hope you can see this as didn't realise your former email link was used.


Do please edit as you did last time.  A better result.   Again, it's short notice which is not what I like.  The Ross on Wye Mental Health and Well-being Steering Group is difficult to steer in the right direction!    Its text is all very last minute.  

Ideally, that text (which arrived with no images) will be image-free and placed on the left of the page or above as I refer to it.  The DMC text can be plastered with them from the images below and/or your own.  The practicality probably suggests that both texts receive a share of images (according to space, of course) which won't matter.

The titles for the two PRs feel free to improve.

Have given a lot of thought on the next topic and whether to comment.  It is by no means your fault but there was only one volunteer from the article just before Christmas.   If when you read the paragraph, could you give it jazz?! 

If the email and webpage links can be left blue and underscored, even better.

Someone has suggested that my Prof title may be daunting for some readers so I have left it out of here and the DMC webpages.  

You &/or another might like to come to The Prince of Wales Pub for a 6pm start on the 8th February, better still.

As always, forever in your debt.

If the carer arrives on schedule, I'll be in your office at 1010 on Monday to deal with any queries.




New Ross Dementia Centre is well underway 

Ross DMC is an up-to-date version of a daycare centre with important advantages. The huge difference is that carers participate in the wider aspects of the care process, which is person-centred, carer and caree (person cared-for) based, and not a one-size-fits-all response. Emphasis is on the opportunity for those with mild to moderate dementia to participate with their carers within a new and carefully planned therapeutic process. Independent carees (with no specific carer) are equally welcome.  Carees regularly attending DMCs experience higher self-esteem, reduced symptoms of depression, enhanced mood and behaviour, and delay in admission to residential care which achieves a lot of saving.    Carees and carers are fully supported to reduce their dementia burden, and stay mentally and physically well, and are treated with dignity and respect.   

Carers enjoy and benefit from sharing the caring when, normally, it is a one-to-one and lonely activity at home. They benefit from chatting to other carers while their carees are busy and being looked after elsewhere. Their morale is heightened by participating with their peers, and the Ross DMC volunteers, in the care given to their loved-ones, and other carees with dementia. Carers are respected as expert care partners and will have access to the integrated and personalised services they need to support them in their caring role.

The Ross DMC has started under the authority of Dr Simon Lennane at Alton Street Surgery. The Ross DMC initial members include some of the surgery dementia patients.  Other dementia carees and their carers are invited and include independent carees who may live alone or within a family setting without a specific carer. They all are invited to make contact. The Ross DMC is not limited to dementia and hopes to include those with other mind and memory ailments.  Christ Church in Eddie Cross Street kindly opens its doors to the DMC within two months . Well before then there will be introductory meetings to ensure a flying start.  Ross DMC is to operate on one day (Wednesday) per week from 1100 to 1500, and there will be occasional visits and events on one other day. 

The Ross on Wye Mental Health and Well-being Steering Group which you also read about today is in full support of Ross DMC.   Dr Lennane at Alton Street Surgery, Reverend Deborah Cornish of Christ Church, and Alan Harrison (Ross resident since 2004 and architect of the Ross DMC) are members of the Steering Group.  They and other members look forward to meeting you on Wednesday 8 February.  As you have read, "We also want to hear from you about what is working and how we can build on the many positive initiatives that are in place, we also would like to hear your suggestions on how you think we can improve services.".   

In addition to all that, the Group is looking at Ross becoming a Dementia Friendly Community (DFC) which is a formal process.  We in Ross can easily give the Group plenty of evidence to put forward by supporting the Ross DMC.   This can be achieved by giving and by volunteering.   The simplest giving, of course, involves £ donations, and progresses to things. Reminiscence therapy is well-used within DMCs and participants enjoy including their photos and memorabilia in the reminiscence sessions.  Items could include musical instruments (but nothing mouth-blown) old kitchen equipment such as a mincer or washboard, packets from familiar products such as Woodbines, OXO cube boxes, family  games such as Snakes & Ladders or Ludo, vinyl records  and Meccano models  Any donations can be handed in to River Music at the bottom of Broad Street. The first level of help from residents is encouragement. A variety of ways is outlined.

Progressing further, give yourself as a volunteer.  According to how you can help will determine the training you are given.  If you are a retired healthcare professional, that won't be needed.  Volunteers are needed for all sorts of roles, to meet, greet, to lead activities, carry out admin, to do or help with the catering, and make the most of the premises and the equipment  Retired healthcare professionals and advice workers will be made very welcome.  Specialist roles include carer/caree coping-skills training, and health and safety.The project also needs meetings-people.  If you have experience of initiating anything at all in your local community, even better.  But that's not a condition. Enthusiasm for improving dementia services is the key requirement.  Please do not hesitate to make contact.  

To end where we came in, let's go back to "Emphasis is on the opportunity for those with mild to moderate dementia to participate with their carers within a new and carefully planned therapeutic process" and the rest of the first paragraph.. There are frequently asked questions on a set of webpages which deal with all this via  For those without computers, plus anyone who wants answers, please make contact.  All will be explained. If you still have the Gazette dated 25 Jan, there's an article on Ross DMC on page 11. Let us hope there will be people to develop the theme on its cover - Hospital roadshow debacle, on 8 February at the Prince of Wales pub at 6pm. 

Volunteers  are very high on the list of Ross DMC needs.  Further information for carers, carees, volunteers and healthcare professionals is available from the Carerworld website and/or Alan F Harrison.  01989 567001   07952 060505

An option is to meet members of the Steering Group and others within the Ross DMC.  Please come along to find out more at The Prince of Wales Pub, Walford Road, Ross-on-Wye HR9 5AP for a 6pm start on the 8th February. 

pagetop       Ross DMC Press Release to RG for Feb 1 2017    here

                     Ross Mental Healthcare provision press release - February 2017  here

                       Home page here

                December version here

                      Its Press release here



           home page
            leaflet page
      volunteers page
A day in the life of Ross DMC here
      Carer page  
carees and their carers 

       Song and music
          first donation
           Carees paint
              Money    here
Teresa and Prof Alan F Harrison
Dr Simon Benedict Lennane    source

.pagetop       Ross DMC Press Release to RG for Feb 1 2017    here

                       Home page here

                December version here

                      Its Press release here

                      Ross Mental Healthcare provision press release - February 2017  here

Here is the less-vital text etc

A diagnosis of dementia can be frightening for those affected by the syndrome, their carers and other family members. Learning more about dementia can help.  Ross DMC carers and independent carees can opt to participate in discussion based on sharing their problems and helping each other.  Points of common concern can be identified and the appropriate expertise sought.  Dementia Advisors will be invited at the appropriate time.  Other experts will follow.

Some statistics: the number of carers in 2011 was 5,430,016 and 10% care for someone with dementia.  Around one in nine workers in the UK has caring responsibilities and there must be plenty of them in and around Ross.  To them, we say this: use the Ross DMC and if you can't be there with your caree, ask a family member or friend.  To the company directors, we say this: discuss the opportunities Ross DMC presents with your employee-carers with a view to mutual benefit.  Happy employees demonstrate a happy company.  They'll be even more happy with a cheque to present to Ross DMC!

(((( The Song and music page is fun.  )))))

Oh, we visit other carers when we can
Specially when we come across a man
We’ll help him with his cooking, even more when he’s good-looking
Oh, we visit every man without a pan                                           

   Clap your hands.                                        more

 "The cheese" as it's called at the Leominster DMC is 4ft  on each side.  Members of two teams throw five mice at a time.  

An expensive (£35)  Leominster DMC item prone to puncture.  Ross DMC Shed Talk will come up with plastic tubs screwed to a piece of wood.

         Nothing matterers

         when you're knitters-and-natterers!       The cloth mice will start here.

            Droitwich DMC percussion session   - such visiting specialists cost around £80 a session. 

               Ross DMC asks the Ross community for a variety of people and groups with something to offer to                    visit it    . . . . .

The Leominster and Droitwich DMCs cost £90k a year each to run three days a week, and have dubious future .  Ross DMC has a different and solid future as it runs on an entirely different basis until more permanent funding is applied for.  Then, it will show its success and state what it has achieved, as well as what further aims it has.  

  pagetop       Ross DMC Press Release to RG for Feb 1 2017    here

                    Home page here

                December version here

                      Its Press release here

                      Ross Mental Healthcare provision press release - February 2017  here