The Remarkable Story of Doris

To mark Dementia Action Week, we are celebrating how it is possible to live well with dementia and have a purposeful and meaningful life.

In the four years prior to coming to Honey Lane, Doris (then aged 91) hadn’t left her house.

Her anxiety, a common symptom of dementia, had made her increasingly lonely and isolated. After a couple of nasty falls, her daughter Sally knew she couldn’t continue to live by herself. Something had to change. After extensive research, Sally decided Honey Lane was the right place for her mum.

“It really felt like a home from home. Residents, despite their dementia, were treated as individuals and shown great care and kindness.”

Honey Lane’s specially trained team worked hard to build Doris’ trust and develop a rapport. Soon her anxiety was showing signs of improvement. Months later Doris was well enough to join daily activities – designed to create meaning and aid socialisation. Doris, who had been an active gardener and talented artist, after having her children, gradually re-found her love for life.

Less than a year later, Doris is happy, active and most importantly content. She enjoys regular visits from her daughter Sally, who now looks forward to spending quality time together. Friends and family also keep in touch through Honey’s Lane Facebook page – where Doris is regularly pictured having fun with team members and residents.

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“Moving mum into Honey Lane was absolutely the right and best decision. The team love her and she loves them. She is happier than she’s been in years.”

Karen Dean, Home Manager comments: “I’m so pleased that Doris has thrived in our care. Moving into a care home is a big decision for families, but in cases like this, it has given Doris a new lease of life and enabled her daughter to re-connect with her mum. In my experience, person-centred dementia care really can be transformative.”

There are currently around 850,000 people in the UK with dementia.

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