A great way to spend time with a loved one with Dementia or Alzheimer’s is to enjoy coffee and cake at a dementia or Alzheimer’s friendly café! If your loved one resides in an aged care facility or nursing home in Camberwell, do you know where to get your ‘coffee and cake’ on?
“We hear time and again from our consumers that after a diagnosis of dementia, they often lose contact with friends or family members.” That’s a quote from Dementia Australia National CEO Carol Bennett. She was speaking in a recent article in Dementia Australia on Community Cafe Toolkit. “Usually this is because people don’t understand enough about dementia and no longer know how to relate to the person. This ‘shrinkage’ of their social circle can be immensely stressful at what is an already difficult time.”
What a person suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s needs, is regular friendly encounters with the same people. That’s because this will increase their sense of community and reduce their stress levels. That’s why we think that a dementia-friendly café with a warm, kind environment is the perfect place to spend time together.
There are several excellent, dementia-friendly café’s located in the vicinity of the primary aged care facilities and nursing homes in Camberwell. Camberwell Junction provides us with dementia and Alzheimer’s-friendly café’s such as Choclatté, Laurent Patisserie and Degani.
What does a Dementia-friendly or Alzheimer’s-friendly café look like?
A dementia-friendly or Alzheimer’s-friendly café needs to be easily accessible from several types of transport. Choclatté in Camberwell, is located under 10 metres away from a large car park and is a 2 minute walk from Camberwell station. Also, 50 metres away is tram stop 63 on the 72 tram route, or you can take a 2 minute walk down Burke Rd to a tram hub in the centre of the junction. This café is also accessible itself, as it’s equipped with a ramp at the entry. Laurent Patisserie and Degani café are also under 10 metres from a tram stop and a 4-5 minute walk from the train.
Another benefit of these well-located cafes is that they are all right next to or directly opposite a supermarket, flower store and chemist. Not only could you enjoy a cup of coffee together, you can get any necessary shopping completed within a few minutes.
“…people don’t understand enough about dementia and no longer know how to relate to the person. This ‘shrinkage’ of their social circle can be immensely stressful at what is an already difficult time.”
Comfortable and relaxing environment
What also makes these café’s aged care or dementia friendly is their comfortable environment. For example, Laurent Patisserie is full of many luxurious couches with a lot of room, a newspaper at every table and clean, quality toilets inside (including a disabled toilet). Choclatte has both an outdoor area, indoor area and an indoor deck area. The indoor deck area is enclosed by a clear plastic tarp to control the temperature, so the patron is comfortable in all types of weather conditions.
These cafes also play quiet, age appropriate music like jazz or easy listening, to increase comfortability and enjoyment. (There’s nothing like trying to have a conversation and having to shout like you’re at a nightclub!) This makes for a relaxing afternoon.
Friendly staff and atmosphere
As Carol Bennett pointed out, when a person is first diagnosed with Dementia or Alzheimer’s, this can be a time of isolation. This means that a sense of community is vital. Laurent, Degani and Choclatte all cultivate a strong sense of community and family. The staff are warm, friendly, learn your name and make you feel welcome. There is a relaxing, non-anxious atmosphere in all three places which along with the gentle music, makes you feel calm.
Sometimes a short friendly conversation over the counter might be just the pick-me-up your loved one needs, especially if they’re a people person.
Most importantly, the added bonus of visiting these dementia and Alzheimer’s friendly places is – delicious coffee and cake! Choclatte sells Lindt hot chocolates which are the by far the best in Camberwell (there’s no stress reliever like a cup of melted chocolate!) Degani does a beautiful pasta and Laurent’s pastries are hard to beat.
Does your loved one have dementia or Alzheimer’s and live in an aged care facility or nursing home in Camberwell, Surrey Hills, Burwood or Box Hill? If so, be sure to jot down the names of these café’s so you’re prepared with an appropriate place to take them when the occasion arises. Keep your loved one out of isolation and stress, and enjoy a lovely afternoon at a dementia-friendly café.
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