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How to support someone living with dementia at Christmas

December 11, 2019

As the festive season approaches here are our tips on what you can do to keep the celebrations dementia friendly   Plan ahead: It is easy to get caught up in the excitement of Christmas and make plans to attend lots of different festive events. Although you might want to ‘treat’ your loved one to special days […]

Celebrating 50 years of dedicated care

November 27, 2019

We recently celebrated our 50th birthday with a party, followed by a fireworks display designed to entertain all residents whatever their ability. Residents and the care team were treated to an afternoon disco from our in-house DJ (and hair dresser – who said men can’t multi-task?) David, with everyone taking part. Nial Joyce, whose parents founded the home […]

Signs a loved one may no longer be coping at home

October 15, 2019

Following a dementia diagnosis, many people continue to live in their own home, being cared for by relatives. Sadly however, due to the progressive nature of the disease, many will reach a point where remaining at home is no longer practical and may also be unsafe for them and others. Here we outline some of the […]

Maximise your time together

October 1, 2019

Visiting a friend or relative in a care home provides you with some precious, uninterrupted quality time together. Nial Joyce gives his advice on how to make the most of your visit   Plan your visit: It is common for dementia patients to become agitated or confused towards the end of the day. This is […]

Verna’s story

September 9, 2019

In May 2014, at the age of 87, Verna Rose was admitted to Clifden House Dementia Care Centre, Seaford as an emergency. Five years on, Verna’s niece, Valerie describes how they coped since the initial dementia diagnosis and offers advice to others who may find themselves in a similar situation.   My Aunt Verna is my […]

Summer at Clifden House

August 20, 2019

We’ve been as busy as ever over the last few weeks, making the most of every opportunity to get out and about and enjoy the sunshine – when there is any! Take a look at some of what we’ve been up to outside the home, below: Newhaven Fish Festival We went along to the annual […]

Tracy’s 100 km South Coast Challenge

July 4, 2019

Our housekeeping manager, Tracy Creagh, is taking part in the 2019 South Coast Challenge, in aid of The Alzheimer’s Society. The 48-hour gruelling event starting on August 31 in Eastbourne will cover 100 km across Sussex’s most iconic landmarks including Beachy Head, the Seven Sisters Devil’s Dyke, South Ease, Brighton and finishing in Arundel. Tracy […]

‘Alison’s Corner’ unveiled

June 24, 2019

A commemorative bench and blue plaque was recently unveiled to honour Alison, a very popular past resident. Barry Lowden, who was married to Alison for almost 50 years, attended the special ceremony to open ‘Alison’s Corner’ in the gardens, where Alison spent much of her time while she was a resident at Clifden House The plaque commemorates Alison […]

Six ways to ward off dementia

May 20, 2019

To mark Alzheimers Society’s Dementia Action Week 2019, Nial Joyce shares six ways that you can take action now to significantly reduce your chances of developing dementia. Making core healthy lifestyle choices, especially in mid-life, can significantly reduce your risk later on. If you start to introduce as many of these things as you can […]

Pupils enthralled by 92 year old’s life story

May 9, 2019

Pupils from Seaford Head Lower School experienced a ‘Living History’ lesson, with a talk from our resident, Verna Rose, 92. During her talk to the Lower School, pupils aged 11-16 heard about Verna’s childhood in Canada and the impact that World War 2 had on her and her brother. Verna moved to the UK in her […]