Older Adults’ Service (Chiltern & South)
In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic we at Buckinghamshire Mind are closely following the Government’s guidelines on health and safety measures regarding social distancing. As such we have made important changes to our services to ensure the safety of our service users, volunteers and staff. To ensure the safety of all, we have removed the aspects of this (these) service (s) that involves face to face groups and/or 121 meetings. We will continue to create and develop innovative ways of delivering remote mental wellbeing support that focuses on tackling social isolation and promoting positive emotional wellbeing.
As such, we are still running this (these) service (s) remotely, including (this is not an exhaustive list):
- daily phone/email/text support
- online activities and support groups
- live groups via various digital platforms
- postal care packages- including motivational ideas, group activities and peer communication
- practical support, such as shopping and liaising with external services
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 Senior Wellbeing Worker to establish whether the service can meet the individual’s needs.Referral Form
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/