Cognitive Simulation Therapy

Together We Are Great

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On Friday the 14th April and Tuesday the 18th April Wheatland's launched our new Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) groups for people with dementia.

CST has been shown to improve mood and engagement levels and also support cognitive function in residents living with dementia. Therefore, we’ve recently being doing lots of training in CST to make sure we are delivering the best possible care to residents so we’re really excited about launching this within Wheatlands.

The program here consists of two regular groups with the same participants and facilitators, this week we created group names and a theme song chosen by group participants.

Week one at Wheatlands

The response from residents was great during this; it was a good laugh creating our names, and residents came up with the following:

  • Tuesdays group - Bonny Wheatland's Clan
  • Fridays group - Wheatland's Supreme

We then went on to talk about our family trees, this was really interesting and great for residents to talk about their childhood, their siblings and their family life. We talked about which siblings each person was similar to and then the origins of our surnames.

Residents found this really interesting and kept the handouts to show family. We ended the sessions with thanking everyone individual for attending and sung our theme song before leaving.

Both sessions were a great success all the residents took part and where enthusiastic about coming back the next week!