About Me

My name is Simon O’Donovan MBE. I’ve worked in NHS Wales for most of my adult life, supporting people with dementia, their carers and families and developing and improving services to benefit this client group. 

I recently retired from working as a Community Mental Health Nurse within a Young Onset Dementia Service. I continue to contribute to weekly CST 'Friendship Group' sessions as a volunteer co-facilitator.

 

I've been keeping a weekly 'Young Dementia CST Blog' to share and archive our activities resources, with the ultimate aim of providing an 'off the shelf' resource library of weekly themed CST sessions which can be used on rotation throughout the year. 

 

My colleagues and I have been using these approaches regularly in our day to day work and have found them beneficial. The materials provided have been tried and tested, then refined to improve and further develop them for future use.

 

The main aim of this website is to share our experience and resources freely, in order that others can dip in and out and use some or all of the materials provided in their own CST work. Thus it is hoped, facilitating and supporting the provision of uplifting and enjoyable sessions that optimise people with dementia's quality of life.

This site is not owned by or affiliated to any organisation. It’s a personal commitment, a not for profit exchange of ideas and a resource library which aims to enable more widespread use of CST approaches for people with dementia. 

To this end, 'Guest Blogs' are VERY welcome, but bearing in mind that no images of clients are to be used without their express written informed consent.

Please note that some images are reproduced on this blog from the internet under the 'fair use copyright' principle, in that they will only be used for educational purposes with disability groups and in no way will be linked to profit making activities.

 

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Resources

This page includes some useful activities based resources, some information and updating resources and some online training resources. Feel free to contact me to suggest others.

 

It is important before initiating a Cognitive Stimulation Therapy Group to undertake some preparation. You can read up on the subject in some detail here and read about some examples of best practice http://www.cstdementia.com/

https://www.photobox.co.uk/shop/calendars-and-diaries/deluxe-diary

A great app, providing professional printed books for Memory Diaries etc.

 


 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sentosphère-Funfrag-A1503155-MINI-ODOURS/dp/B00JX1JCK6/ref=pd_cp_21_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=EKXRE1PV75KMVFB1MVJK

Mini Lotto of Odours (several different boxes available). Great for reminiscence regarding fragrances.

Our CST sessions are loosely based on the Making A Difference programme, of which there are now three volumes. Each manual, produced by Hawker Publications, is full of practical ideas and suggestions for CST activities. The second volume, shown here, includes a training DVD.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Making-Difference-Evidence-based-Maintenance-Stimulation/dp/187479099X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1501080277&sr=1-1&keywords=making+a+difference+volume

The Journal of Dementia Care is an excellent resource for updating knowledge and skills and is at the forefront of modern dementia care. It also hosts conferences around the UK.  http://www.careinfo.org/journal-of-dementia-care/

Future Learn offers a free on-line training course developed by UCL called 'The Many Faces Of Dementia'. It is an excellent resource and provides learners with a unique insight into dementia through the stories, symptoms and science behind four less common diagnoses. (commitment is 2 hours a week for 4 weeks - certification costs £49). 

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/faces-of-dementia

More of an introductory e-learning training course is offered by The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE). The Dementia E-learning Course is currently being updated but the 2009 version is still available fee of charge and has many downloadable resources. Covering topics such as 'Symptoms of dementia', 'After diagnosis of dementia', 'Living with dementia' etc, the course includes a considerable amount of video footage and is very highly regarded. 

http://www.scie.org.uk/dementia/

Signpost is a multidisciplinary journal and is aimed at professionals and carers working with older people with dementia and other mental health problems. It provides a user friendly source of information and education, and is an enjoyable and often moving read. Signpost was first published in 1988 and there are three editions a year.

Its is produced by Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and the Dementia Services Development Centre based at Bangor University and is a free on-line resource, to which you can subscribe. Link here http://dsdc.bangor.ac.uk/signpost.php.en