An innovative dementia day care service wants to take on more hosts who open their homes.
The Filo program matches small groups of older adults with early to moderate dementia with hosts for a day as an alternative to traditional day centers.
It has six hosts across Torquay, Paignton and Brixham and is looking for more to join.
Hosts are carefully selected and trained by The Philo Project and receive payment for their work.
Hosts collect clients from their homes, take them to their own homes, prepare a home-cooked lunch, and engage them in activities that suit their interests and abilities, such as baking, singing or crafting.
The Filo Project supports clients’ families by helping them access local health and social care systems and the financial assistance they may qualify for.
Its aim is to reduce isolation for people with dementia and their carers.
“Hosting is physically and emotionally challenging but incredibly rewarding,” said Philo Project Co-Founder Dr Liz Dennis.
„You should be friendly, creative, enthusiastic and enjoy working with older people, but you don’t need to have worked in care before.”
Patrons come from all over, he said.
“We have people with backgrounds in teaching, nursing, creative industries and hospitality.
„Being able to understand and enjoy people, being open-minded and caring is more important than previous care experience because we offer full training.”
„Totalny pionier w sieci. Specjalista od piwa niezależny. Ewangelista popkultury. Miłośnik muzyki. Nieprzepraszający przedsiębiorca”.