Legion's Dementia Care Unit features in Channel 4 documentary

Legion's Dementia Care Unit features in Channel 4 documentary

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Poppy Lodge, the specialist dementia care unit at The Royal British Legion’s Galanos House has featured in a new Channel 4 series. Dementiaville, a three part documentary by production company TwoFour, explores progressive approaches to the care of people living with dementia.

The first episode of the series focuses on Poppy Lodge's use of the Butterfly Household Model of Care and aired at 9pm on Thursday 4 June (available on 4OD). This method sees staff work with the residents to embrace what they believe to be true rather than correcting them. View the trailer for the series below.

The hour long episode follows a handful of the residents and discovers how their past experiences and memories influence their current day-to-day reality. From Effie Flower, a former Matron, who still takes charge around Poppy Lodge, to Les Hadley, whose love of cars stems from years working at a car factory to the home's youngest resident John, who served as a helicopter medic in the Royal Navy for over 15 years.

Craig Edser, Activities Coordinator, Galanos House who appears in Dementiaville, Episode 1
Craig Edser, Activities Coordinator, Galanos House who appears in Dementiaville, Episode 1

Sue Freeth, Director of Operations, The Royal British Legion said: "There are over 700,000 people in the UK living with dementia and that figure is expected to double in the next 30 years. The Legion recognises the need for dedicated dementia care and is at the forefront of providing this for the Armed Forces community."

Jo-Anne Wilson, Matron at Galanos House said: "Poppy Lodge is a lively, happy place full of noise and activity. There is always something for the residents to get involved in from baking and gardening to helping look after our two goats! I hope the programme shows people a different, positive side to dementia care."

In addition to Poppy Lodge at Galanos House in Warwickshire, the Legion has specialist dementia care units at Dunkirk Memorial House in Somerset, Halsey House in Norfolk and Lister House in North Yorkshire. A fifth dedicated facility is due to be opened at Maurice House in Kent in early 2016 (partly funded by a Government Libor Grant). The Legion also has a community dementia service through Admiral Nurses to support the carers of those living with dementia and has provided a grant to run the Memory Café in Plymouth run by Alzheimer's Association.

Media enquiries:
Bethan Herbert, The Royal British Legion
E: bherbert@britishlegion.org.uk T: 07780 955 544

Further information about the Legion's involvement in the documentary and its dementia related services, is available on our question and answer sheet (pdf).