Book to help youngsters

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A Bourne care home is taking part in an innovative project to help young children enjoy, visiting elderly relatives living in care homes.

The Abbey Court care home, along with all of the Amore Care homes across the country, will take delivery of a unique book “When I visit Granny Jean”, written by Elizabeth Maltman for her own children when their beloved Granny Jean moved into a care home.

The easy to read, fun book is beautifully illustrated by Amy Devlin and contains suggested ways to interact with residents and simple activities. The theme is “Granny will always be Granny even if she doesn’t remember.”

Each home will share the book with young visitors and their families to take away any fear or worry they might be feeling when a beloved relative has dementia.

Janette Malham, managing director of Amore Care, said: “The book demonstrates our commitment to helping our younger visitors understand dementia and pro actively encourages inter generational work.

“It can be daunting when someone who has played a large part in a child’s life is diagnosed with dementia and the book, written from a youngster’s perspective, aims to make visiting fun rather than a chore.”