Dementia Awareness Week
Warwick School has a number of students who visit Warwick Hospital each week, in collaboration with the dementia charity ‘Kissing it Better’. The majority of students are now trained as ‘Dementia Friends’.
Charlie Rudge, who is in Year 12 at Warwick School said, “Kissing it Better started as simply something to put on my CV as volunteering. However, it soon became important to me to be able to provide this extra level of care for the patients. Many of the dementia patients often feel excluded and isolated from the world around them. The hour we give up each week to comfort and talk to them, clearly made a difference to their day, as we could see them smile and sing along with us and put their all into our conversations with them. As a result I feel that it is an unconditional obligation to invest in the patients each week to at least make them smile.
Sharon Elswood, coordinator at Warwick Hospital commented, “At Warwick Hospital we greatly appreciate the students (under the remit of Kissing It Better) who give up their time, one hour a week, to chat to elderly patients who may have dementia. The students brighten their day by engaging in conversation and poetry which makes such a difference to the patients who are often lonely, bored and sometimes confused and have Alzheimer’s or Dementia."