Older Adults’ Service (Chiltern & South)
Older Adults’ Service COVID-19 Update
The waiting lists for our Park and Pippin Clubs, which are run by our Older Adults’ Service, are open for referrals. For the safety of all we have suspended the face-to-face group aspects of our service in response to the Covid-19 pandemic to ensure we follow the Government’s guidelines on social distancing. Vacancies will be filled once the Clubs reopen.
As lockdown restrictions ease we are in the planning stages with regards to reopening our services safely. We will keep our service users and those on the waiting list full informed of any changes and will provide updates on this page.
We are currently offering remote support to people on the waiting list. This support includes:
- Sending regular newsletters
- Providing reminiscence activities
- Remote support via phone, email and text
To view and download our Reminiscence Packs, please click here.
As part of this remote support, and to mark World Mental Health Day 2020, the Older Adults’ Service produced a video that shows how friends and family of people living with dementia can use the senses to start meaningful conversations and encourage reminiscence.
What we do
Park Club in Chesham and Pippin Club in Prestwood are Buckinghamshire Mind’s services for older adults. Our service users have either dementia or other mental health issues, which make it difficult to access other services in the community.
Our services are for small groups of approximately ten service users. We aim to provide support, fun, companionship and stimulating activities in a friendly environment, giving carers a few hours respite. Both Park and Pippin provide a lunch that is cooked on the premises.
How we work
Through a small and friendly group setting, we provide support, companionship and stimulation for older adults who have become isolated in their community either through having dementia or another mental health problem. Our specialist workers develop close working relationships with all of our service users and a real understanding of their individual needs. We also place a strong emphasis on developing working relationships with families and carers in order to help us provide the best quality support to our service users.
Our two services at Park Club in Chesham and Pippin Club in Prestwood offer a variety of activities such as games, quizzes, orientation and reminiscence activities, crafts and physical activities.
Who do we work with?
We work with older adults whose needs can be met within a group environment.
How to access the service
Referral can be made by a prespective service user, family members, carers, Adult Mental Health Teams, Social Services or other agencies such as The Alzheimer’s Society. Once a referral is received, a visit to the club is arranged to meet the staff team. An initial assessment meeting will take place with the Older Adults’ Service Coordinator to establish whether the service can meet the individual’s needs.
To find out more about our Fees, please click here.
Information and Services related to Dementia
The Buckinghamshire Dementia Roadmap provides high quality information about the dementia journey alongside local information about services, support groups and care pathways.
Please click here to access: https://dementiaroadmap.info/buckinghamshire/