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  • Wise Words From America's President

    Posted on November 11, 2010 by Sarah

    The human cost of Alzheimer's disease is staggering
    -- Barack Obama
    Alzheimer's Reading Room

    The human cost of Alzheimer's disease is staggering. We can -- and must -- come together to address this growing health challenge. Caring for a person with Alzheimer's disease is a full-time, non-stop job, and this month, we also honor the compassionate caregivers and [...]


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  • Images Help Communication Difficulties

    Posted on September 14, 2010 by Sarah

    Non verbal communication is important for a person with dementia. People who are losing the ability to speak or understand, require other ways of communicating their needs. A frustrating aspect is when people can’t find the right word for an object.
     There may come a time when dementia suffers can’t communicate verbally at all. The use of [...]


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  • Way Finding Signs Helps Alleviate Confusion For Dementia Sufferers

    Posted on August 13, 2010 by Sarah

    vca specialises in providing advice, signage, and communication books and boards to help support dementia sufferers and the people who care for them.
    Dementia sufferers have problems with memory, thought processes, and understanding, so when they are moved to live in a care home environment the surroundings are very different from their home and often difficult [...]


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  • It’s Dementia Awareness Week 4th -10th July

    Posted on July 7, 2010 by Sarah

    Please try and think about all the people you know who have Dementia and how you can make a difference to their lives. It might be something very simple that you could do for them that would vastly improve their quality of life.Please see this link for more information;  http://www.nhs.uk/dementia/Pages/dementia.aspx


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  • Signs Can Be The Solution

    Posted on June 25, 2010 by Sarah

    We are now being asked by care homes to problem solve. In the last month we have created a wardrobe sign which has an image of an open wardrobe with clothes hanging up, for a care home that had a resident who was mistaking the wardrobe for his en-suite toilet. 
    We have also created a lift [...]


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  • Dementia Tools

    Posted on May 6, 2010 by Sarah

    The Dementia tools talk that Elaine gave at the Care Show in Bournemouth went down a storm.  It really got people thinking about effective ways of communicating with people who have lost the ability to hear or understand. 
    How would you ask someone if they wanted a glass of orange squash or if they wanted brown [...]


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  • Signage is the key

    Posted on April 22, 2010 by Sarah

    Creating visual clues to help people with dementia successfully locate their bedroom is vital to their well being. 
    By using the new vca bedroom signs you will be making a difference to your residents. 
    With these unique vca signs you can use both pictures and words as a prompt. 
    The latest vca product is the twin bedroom sign [...]


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  • Let's go on with the show!

    Posted on March 23, 2010 by Sarah

    We are exhibiting at the Bournemouth Care Show  at the BIC  from 30th-31st March, Hall SH, stand S27.  Please feel free to come and discuss any communication issues with us, we will have all our new products with us for you to see.


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  • vca signage increases independence

    Posted on March 23, 2010 by Sarah

    Spoke to a Care Home Manager last week who purchased toilet signs, lift signs and directional arrows signs because some of her residents were confusing the lift for the toilet. 
    On a follow up visit, the feedback from the Manager was very positive. She reported that her residents no longer ask her where the toilet is [...]


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  • Menu Board

    Posted on March 5, 2010 by Sarah

    There is evidence that providing people with pictures of dishes at meal times may improve their quality of life. Most homes put menu choices on a fixed board or ask residents what they want to eat. Some people with dementia lose the ability to think for themselves and just have what the person sitting next [...]


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