Barnsley dementia support charity gets grant from Santander

Pam Evans is presented with a cheque for �1,120 by Jo Muxlow from Santander
Pam Evans is presented with a cheque for �1,120 by Jo Muxlow from Santander
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A dementia support charity in Barnsley has received a cash boost from the Santander Foundation.

BIADS has been given £1,120 to buy a motorised rise and recline chair for use in the multi-sensory unit at its dementia support centre, on Dean Street, off Dodworth Road.

The unit provides relaxation therapy and is thought to be of particular benefit to people in the latest stages of dementia.

Some people with the illness lose co-ordination skills so the new chair means they can be slowly moved into place without causing distress.

Deputy Chief Officer Pam Evans said: “In the later stages of dementia we find our members often lose the ability to communicate verbally and their world starts to shut down.

“We believe that people with dementia move to live with their feelings and we see the power of music and visual stimuli affect their sense of well being.

“We want to utilise our multi-sensory unit and associated equipment to reach out to them and all five of their senses to bring them back into the world. The grant from Santander has been vital in helping us to do this.”