Aldbury Dementia Care Home
Four Sixth Form pupils, most of whom are considering a medical career, spend two hours every Monday afternoon, talking to and helping residents. They organise activities that stimulate the residents, as well as simply talking to them.
To offer help to Altzheimer Sufferers.
To allow potential medical applicants firsthand experience of a widespread condition, and to improve their communication skills (often in difficicult circumstances).
Canford approached the home offering help.
Apart from driving the pupils to the home, there are no Canford staff involved. Pupils are under the immediate mangement of staff at the home.
Informal feedback from the home shows that the help is valued.
Given the nature of the residents, only Sixth Form pupils are involved. They are usually considering a medical career.
Every week throughout the academic year, for two hours each week.