|Silver Birch Centres are specialist dementia day care centres located in Benfleet, Southend-on-Sea and Vange. We provide excellent facilities at all our sites ensuring that your loved ones are looked after in a stimulating and caring environment. Take a look at our video which shows how we are different and what we do in the Silver Birch Centres. This was kindly created by Poppy Stevens a third year Acting and Community Theatre student at East 15 Acting School.|
|Our centres are staffed by trained activity coordinators and volunteers which enable us to offer an unique environment for those living with Dementia. Our approach is to stimulate and lead a full activity programme during the 6 hours from 9.30 until 3.30pm. We can also transport clients into the centres.|
We encourage you to visit and see first hand the excellent day care facilities and environment that we provide. Everyone is offered a FREE taster session to see if this works. Please contact Angela or Emily on 01268 881136 for further details and to organise a visit to either centre.
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A Carer's Tale
"I liken Alzheimer's disease to a burglar who keeps coming back, no matter how many security systems you put in place, taking more and more until there is nothing left. It is a uniquely cruel disease that dismantles personalities and strips away the ability to perform basic tasks, such as washing and getting dressed, while triggering deeply upsetting behaviours.
My mum did everything in her life. Now she is being catastrophically let down by those who should be helping her
My mum did nothing to bring on her Alzheimer's , but there is no way to prevent it. That is what makes dementia so terrifying: it can happen to any of us. When my mum was diagnosed, we were so unprepared. We should have been told what to expect and when to expect it. My mum was given sage dietary advice, and told to do crosswords and take exercise, but not helped to plan for when the disease took hold.
Her deterioration was so rapid that it completely overwhelmed us. Doctors, when you can get hold of them, only provide more tablets, one of which made my mum extremely aggressive. Everything we have done since has been reactive, such as obtaining power of attorney: an unnecessarily complicated and costly means of managing her finances in order to care for her properly. Individuals with dementia and their families are essentially cast adrift, and the only sources of useful information are underfunded, over-stretched charities."