Dementia Friendly Village
Hethersett Hall manager Cathryn Weed and district councillor David Bills in the overgrown woodland area.
A Hethersett residential
care home is hoping to turn the village into a dementia friendly
Hethersett Hall, which is
part of the Barchester Group, is looking to improve local people’s
understanding of dementia by fostering closer ties with the local
The home currently has 60
residents which includes 22 in its dementia unit. Manager Cathryn Weed
explained that she would like to “heighten awareness of dementia” in
the local community.
Mrs Weed is looking to
launch an awareness programme which will include dementia sufferers
visiting Hethersett under the supervision of carers and also encouraging
local people to take a more active role in the life of Hethersett Hall.
The process will start
with the creation of a special woodland style garden area at the home
which Mrs Weed is hoping will be set-up by volunteers from the local
community. A large section of currently overgrown woodland and orchard
within the grounds of the home has already been identified and it is hoped
that work to clear the area and set up walkways and seats can be started
in the near future.
“My aim is to get
Hethersett Hall and the community of Hethersett more involved with each
other. We want to make people in the village more aware of dementia and to
see our residents going into the village with local people welcoming them.
It is important that the residents get out a little more, as well as
having the community come to us,” Mrs Weed said.
It is hoped to turn the
currently overgrown woodland area into somewhere tranquil that can be
enjoyed by residents and visitors.
“I want local people to
recognise Hethersett Hall as part of the community and as somewhere they
feel they would ultimately like to come to or have their family members
come to if they are in need of care. We want to let them know that we are
not just another care home,” Mrs Weed added.
Plans for the future
already include sporting and recreational activities which are being
discussed by Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association at its next
meeting in April.