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There are only four kinds of people in the world those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers and those who need caregivers. – Rosalynn Carter

Listowel & North Kerry Alzheimer’s Respite Day-care was established in 2008 in direct response to local family member carers needs.

This service aims to:

  • Provide a welcoming, safe, supportive and enjoyable setting for people suffering from Alzheimer’s or a related dementia
  • Allow the person interact with others who share similar experiences
  • Provide activities for the person which matches their ability and need; this assists in enhancing mental and physical well-being within reason
  • Provide the carer with respite time to care for themselves, spend time with other family members and friends, run errands, shopping or just relax in the knowledge their loved one is safe and secure

Activities:
The Alzheimer’s Liaison Nurse if fully trained in the Sonas Programme.

The Sonas Programme is a therapeutic communication activity primarily for older people, which focuses on sensory stimulation in the belief that the senses are the gateways to communication – St. Mary Treadgold, devisor of the Sonas Programme

The Sonas Programme’s emphasis is on ability rather than disability and involves cognitive, sensory and social stimulation. It also focuses on fostering confidence and familiarity.
The benefits for the person from participating in the Sonas Programme include:

  • Relaxation
  • Awareness
  • Engagement
  • Triggering memories
  • Celebration of individuality and of course
  • Enjoyment

A well as the Sonas Programme other daily activities include:

  • Reading newspapers
  • Music and dancing
  • Arts and crafts
  • Board games, e.g. bingo, cards
  • Gentle exercises
  • Trips down memory lane using DVDs, storytelling etc
  • Reminiscence therapy

Open Hours:

Tuesday:10.00am – 2.00pm

Thursday:10.00am – 2.00pm

Saturday:11.00am – 3.00pm

A dedicated team of care assistants and volunteers assist the Nurse on duty. We work with each client to ensure they feel comfortable and supported and their individual needs are met as far as possible.
A hot nutritious meal is provided each day including dessert. All allergens and dietary requirements are catered for. Menus are designed based on high nutritional value, easy of digest and variety of tastes.
Listowel Family Resource Centre, in conjunction with Kerry Community Transport, provides a Bus service transporting clients to and from the Centre (a route is in place). The Bus is wheelchair assessable and a trained Passenger Assistant accompanies the Bus Driver at all times.
The fee for attending the Alzheimer’s Respite Day-care is €10.00 per day. Additional donations are very welcome. This is heavily subsidised by a dedicated team of volunteers who are continuously fundraising all year around to cover the costs of running this expensive service.
Referral is usually through a G.P. or Public Health Nurse.
Referral to Alzheimer’s Respite Day-care: A referral form is completed by the carer and G.P./Public Health Nurse. The Alzheimer’s Liaison Nurse will then assess the person for their suitability to our Service. Person, if the service is suitable to their needs, will then be placed on the waiting list and as soon as a vacancy arises he/she will be offered a respite place. Referral Forms can be obtained from Listowel Family Resource Centre and Public Health Nurse.
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