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10 things you need to know about dementia

September 17, 2018

Dementia itself is not a disease – it’s actually caused by lots of different diseases. The word ‘dementia’ is just an umbrella term for the symptoms caused by these diseases such as memory loss, confusion and personality change. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause but other dementias include vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies and […]

Elderly Couple Stay Together Thanks To Clifden House

August 21, 2018

Sue Kruse talks about the effect that a dementia diagnosis has had on her parents and the seemly insurmountable problem of trying to keep a loving elderly couple living together when only one of them needs specialist dementia care. Marjorie, 94, and Arthur Oakins, 96, from Kent, met when Marjorie was just 16 years old. […]

The Importance of Social Stimulation in Elderly Care

July 30, 2018

For the elderly, particularly those with dementia, keeping active, engaged and socially stimulated is incredibly important. Social interaction is what older people really need, said Nial Joyce of Clifden House Dementia Care Centre. Deena McCormack, our activity coordinator at Clifden House, Seaford, advises a minimum of one outing or stimulating activity a day in order […]

A Fishy Affair in Seaford

July 11, 2018

Our residents supported the Clean, Green, Marine Fish Festival in Seaford. The volunteers made decorative fish from sail cloths to support the event and raise money for cancer support. The fish creations were carried by children in a parade through the town. It was a fun day for all the family with live music, art […]

Let’s get quizzical!

June 6, 2018

Clifden House Dementia Care Centre and Hillersdon Court both in Seaford will be going head to head in a trivia quiz night taking place today.  Each team of four residents from the two homes will battle it out across several rounds to claim the winner’s crown. Deena McCormack, activities coordinator at Clifden House said: “It’s […]

MP joins Clifden House to celebrate achievements

May 1, 2018

Local MP Maria Caulfield joined staff at Seaford’s Clifden House Dementia Care Centre to congratulate the team on the home’s recent CQC ‘good’ rating. Established almost 50 years ago, Clifden House Dementia Care Centre has the capacity for 59 residents. For the last 20 years, it has purely focused on delivering specialised care for dementia […]

Awareness through art – A celebration of creativity

April 24, 2018

As part of this year’s Dementia Awareness Week, residents at Clifden House Dementia Care Centre, Seaford, have collaborated with St Peter’s Church to open a week-long art exhibition at the Belgrave Road church on Sunday 20, May.   The art exhibition is part of the residents’ efforts to raise awareness of dementia during this year’s […]

Improving quality of life can be a waltz!

February 15, 2018

Recent studies reveal an increasing number of health benefits from dancing – particularly for dementia sufferers.   Clifden House, a leading dementia care centre in Seaford, advocates dance as a therapy. Dance, in any form, not only requires physical movement but also involves important cognitive stimulation. The mental and physical coordination required to dance stimulates […]

Barry shares his difficult journey and together with Nial Joyce of Clifden House Dementia Care Centre, offers good advice for others who may be in a similar situation.

February 9, 2018

In 2015, Alison L at just 71 years old was diagnosed with a rare form of dementia, known as Posterior Cortical Atropy (PCA). Her husband of 47 years, Barry, who lives in Newhaven, describes the journey they have been on and the effect this has had on him.   Barry’s family first really noticed a […]

7 Top Tips for Choosing a Care Home

January 12, 2018

Nial Joyce of Clifden House is keen to share his advice on what to look out for and assess when considering a care home. This useful checklist that we have compiled can help those looking at care homes as a potential residence for their loved one. The overall message to take away is that quality […]