Metro Article on Dementiaville

Published: 15/09/2020

Dementiaville: How Poppy Lodge Care Home helps Dementia sufferers

Poppy Lodge care home in the Midlands has a controversial way of helping those suffering from dementia.

The staff at Poppy Lodge don’t seek to correct the reality that the residents, who have dementia, believe, but instead choose to embrace it and recreate their memories from long ago.

This is method is being used in over 100 care homes around the UK as it is said to reduce anxiety and increase well-being.

In the first episode of Dementiaville, Matron Joanne and care worker Craig treat 91-year-old resident Les to a 1940s-themed day of celebration, which includes a dance followed by a trip out in a vintage car. Les thinks that his father, who died in 1971, is still alive and spends hours every day looking for him. But rather than tell him the truth, Craig makes him think his dad is away at work.

Joanne doesn’t see this approach as lying to dementia sufferers. She says;
We’re on their journey with them. We’re wherever they are.

We can’t expect that person to be in the here and now because they don’t have that part of their brain any more. It’s gone.

For more on this please read the Metro Article.

Dementiaville airs June 4 on Channel 4 at 9pm.