Specialist dementia support to give you the strength to stand tall
Home Matters Dementia Support CIC
I have been coming to the Sunshine Club since the service began in 2012. My wife Mary, who passed away last year, was referred to Home Matters Dementia Support following her dementia diagnosis. We were advised to come to the Sunshine Club, which is formally known as Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) and to have some one-to-one support to give us both some quality of life and to avoid social isolation.
We were hesitant to begin with but we both had such a good time at the Sunshine Club and Mary used to think of her Support Worker, Lesley, like a daughter. During every CST session, we had a hot meal and pudding which was lovely because I knew we would have a proper dinner on that day even though I was looking after Mary. The ladies who run the Sunshine Club are now known as ‘my Angels’ because they brought us both out of the house to meet with good friends and have fun every week. Mary always enjoyed herself and talking to the other members – something which was very unlike her as she had always been a private person who preferred to keep herself to herself.
Home Matters has always been there with a listening ear when I have needed them and although I was the Carer and not the one who had Dementia, my needs have always been seen as equally important to Mary’s and the emphasis of support was on both Mary and I jointly, as a family unit, rather than just Mary alone.
Ben is still a regular attendee to the Sunshine Club on both a Monday and Thursday, we made him one of our honorary members following Mary’s passing. Ben greatly enjoyes coming to see his friends, reminiscing about days gone by and using his personal experiences of Dementia to help make a difference to their lives. He says that the group is now a big part of his life and he has made life-long friends, whom he cares about very much
Mr B West Midlands.
Ben and Mary
My husband is 81 years old, registered blind, an insulin dependent diabetic and not very mobile. Over the last few years he has become increasingly forgetful, and has lost his self-confidence in going out and the ability to socialize, even with family.
Our local dementia gateway put Home Matters in touch with us and, following a visit and discussion, they devised a plan for weekly visits to discuss with my husband his past life and work. In just a few weeks, he has responded wonderfully to the gentle encouragement and interest shown by Gabby and is so happy to relive his past.
The improvement in his overall demeanour is already remarkable. With encouragement, he attended the ‘Sunshine Club’ where he met with warmth and laughter from both the wonderful staff and other contemporaries. He now greatly looks forward to his two visits per week to his ‘club’ where each session is action-packed with hands-on experiences, quizzes and ‘triggers’ to bring back memories and stimulate conversation.
We cannot thank Home Matters enough, especially their wonderful, caring staff and helpers, for giving my husband so much to live for and enjoy. I, too, benefit, not only by having some ‘me time’ while he is having fun but also from him relating what he’s been up to on each visit to the very aptly named ‘Sunshine Club’. Thank you all for bringing my husband back to life
Mrs S - Stourbridge.
Tel: 01384 340441
Home Matters Dementia Support CIC
82A Park Road -
Quarry Bank - Brierley Hill
As a Community Interest Company (CIC) we reinvest any profits we make to support individuals with dementia in our local community
Directors: GL Gould, JE Walwyn, GD Walwyn - Registered in England and Wales Company Number 09089904