Richmond Swimming Pool officially 'Dementia Friendly'
Posted: Tue, 04 Apr 2017 15:16
This week Richmond Leisure Centre Swimming Pool has been given the official stamp of 'Dementia Friendly' approval. The title has been awarded by North Yorkshire Sport and the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) who have been working together to improve swimming pool facilities for people living with dementia.
Research has shown that low impact exercise can be beneficial for physical and mental health and can improve the quality of life for people in all stages of dementia. Swimming in particular has the added benefits of reducing anxiety, improving mood and enhancing psychological well-being. With over 8,000 people living with dementia in North Yorkshire alone, North Yorkshire Sport are dedicated to helping to provide safe and reliable facilities for those living with dementia and their family and friends.
Amy Garrett, who has delivered the project on behalf of North Yorkshire Sport said, "The Dementia Pools project has already been a great success at the two other sites in North Yorkshire, and the feedback from users has been really positive. We are aiming to roll out the changes to pools and staff training at a further four pools this year".
The ASA Dementia Friendly Swimming Project has been developed to enhance the swimming experience of those living with dementia and their carers by improving facilities and removing barriers. The project aims to create a safe and friendly swimming environment for people with dementia through the creation of partnerships between adult social care, health trainers, carers, and local community groups.
The project starts with a trained member of the North Yorkshire visiting the facility to perform an audit. This includes looking at new signage, training, and other minimal changes to the leisure centres to make them more inviting and welcome to those people living with dementia.
Late in 2016 Tadcaster Community Pool and Energise in York were the first of the seven engaged pools to complete the changes to their facility. Staff were trained in the facility including lifeguards to ensure they are aware and trained appropriately to cope with people who are living with dementia. The employees and volunteer staff at the pools were overjoyed to talk about and demonstrate the changes.
More facilities are currently in place to launch as Dementia Friendly, for more information please contact Amy on firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.swimming.org/dementiafriendly/