The Kusuma Trust visited The new Gibraltar Alzheimer’s and Dementia Day Care Centre to see the progress of the construction works. Due to be fully functioning by next summer. The Gibraltar Alzheimer’s and Dementia Society have been committed to raising funds for the project and have so far raised over £100,000 but still need to raise much more.

Whilst the centre will provide much needed patient care by professionals the day  care centre which will be run largely by volunteers from The Gibraltar Alzheimer’s and Dementia Society (GADS). It will provide much needed support and restpite for family members and carers. Dementia has become a major health concern in Gibraltar and GADS have worked tirelessly to raise awareness of the dementia issue and provide support to sufferers and their families. The new facilities will add to the quality of life of dementia patients and afford them the dignity they deserve. They will also enable families to keep their loved ones at home for as long as possible. They have also been instrumental at raising funds for the the new care home.
This is Michael’s Story:

“My day begins between 6:30 a.m. and 7 a.m. every morning.  I am retired. I am lucky enough that I have good neighbours who can look after my wife while I go to the shops in the day. If it was not for this I would not be able to go. She is totally dependent on  me for all her needs.

I have  some support from family and I cant imagine what it would be like if I didn’t have this. The emotional drain of caring for your partner and seeing them deteriorate and knowing there is nothing you can do to help, coupled with my own health issues is very stressful. People just do not understand what it is like to see your loved one have Alzheimer’s. You hear from old  friends who once knew them when they were well. And the common saying is “I cannot stand to see them this way.”  We as caregivers cannot stand to see them this way either, but we love them and have to be strong enough to give them the care and support they need. I am all she has.

I am extremely lucky I  have friends and neighbours to stay with my wife when I did not have anyone else to care for her.  I have a sounding board anytime I need through the Alzheimer’s Association who truly understand what it is like to care for a person with dementia.

What I wish for is for a place where I know my wife is safe so I don’t feel guilty when I need to relax, where I know people will look after her when I can not. ”

The Kusuma Trusts is committed to supporting GADS and have donated a Snoezelen room to the centre. A ‘Snoezelen Room’ is a therapy room specially designed to deliver stimuli to various senses. This allows patients to relax whilst being stimulated. We hope that this will help to give sufferers and carers more support and help whilst battling with this illness.

If you would like to donate to The Alzheimers and Dementia Society please contact : gads@gibtelecom.net – Tel: 58724000 or 56001422.