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What is Daybreak Oxford?
It’s a sad statistic that every 3 minutes someone in the UK develops dementia. One in four people over 70 are diagnosed with a form of dementia and there are more than 10,000 people in Oxfordshire who have it and many more who have not yet been officially diagnosed. Daybreak Oxford is one of the key charities in the county that works hands-on to help those with dementia and provides desperately needed respite for families and carers.
Daybreak operates three dementia day clubs in Oxfordshire. They are Limes in North Oxford, Lilacs in Kidlington and Rosewood in Blackbird Leys. Through our Cognitive Stimulation Therapies (CST), we aim to help maintain skills and abilities, to provide enjoyment and companionship, and to allow family carers a break from their care-giving responsibilities.
Our work seeks to tackle loneliness, ease social isolation and provide a therapeutic environment through a person-centred approach to care. We help families stay together at home longer, delaying or avoiding permanent care. The therapeutic activities are varied and wide-ranging, including music, singing, art, dance, game-playing and gentle exercise.
For some club members, attending our clubs is the only time they leave their homes and their only significant social interaction. A hot meal is provided, and minibus transport is arranged to enable attendance. Experienced staff travel with club members in the minibuses to and from the centres. The clubs offer 12 days of support each week for up to 180 people. It is estimated that more than 400 people in the community benefit from our work on a weekly basis, i.e. the day centre support, as well as the respite opportunities to carers and family members.
Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) involves small groups of people coming together to work on simple activities and is based on the theory of slowing the deterioration of information processing centres of the brain. CST has a social element, is flexible to cater for group’s needs and abilities, and targets the cognitive and social functions of our club members.
With your help, we can not only maintain, but also increase, our services across Oxfordshire. Every penny you raise will make a difference. Thank you for your support.