Making a bigger impact
Hearts & Minds help vulnerable people living with dementia overcome feelings of powerlessness, anxiety and isolation through the art of therapeutic clowning
This impact is recognised by all of our stakeholders.
Here's what the staff have told us:
72% - Elderflowers help people with advanced dementia experience joy
75% - Elderflowers help people with advanced dementia communicate their experiences, needs and preferences
81% - Elderflowers help stimulate the senses of people with dementia
Source: Hearts & Minds Strategic Programme Review 2014-17
How we help
- Working closely with care staff, we tap into the lives of the people we work with, bringing back happy moments and reawakening positive associations
- We provide in-house training for carers and staff in residential care homes and dementia units, helping them to build on their own specialist skills
- Bringing our caring Elderflower methods into domestic settings allows to help carers who look after ladies and gentlemen living with dementia at home
"That was really brilliant with that lady, she is in such a good mood now. She never reacts like that."
"It's great seeing what you do and how well everyone responds to you. The ladies and gentlemen all get a lot from it. You do a great job."
"That's the first time we've seen her respond to anything."
"You don't realise what you do for us, for people - you make a real difference, turn us back to ourselves, so important. I'll cry when you go!"
"I have observed the Elderflowers on many occasions and have always found joy, comfort and entertainment follows them wherever they go. I have seen a real change for the better for many patients as they get attention in a non-stressful way, and engagement from some who are often isolated and unmotivated. They are funny, kind and warm people, and I believe they make a difference to patients' lives on a daily basis. The smiles they receive tell all."
"I haven't laughed this much for ages."
"You do amazing work, you really bring out the best in people. We are so privileged to have you here."
"It's so lovely to see her sing, it's really good for her."