Ivy House is the dream of Jane Lowe, BSc (Hons) Psych, MSc Neuroscience, CBT Dipl, Adv Dipl, who has been caring for people with dementia for more than 20 years.
Concerned with the challenges of improving the quality of life for those living with dementia, Jane conceived the idea for Ivy House. Rejecting the notion that people with dementia are happy to sit in front of a television all day, Jane focussed on developing a space where they can thrive. Combining cognitive therapy with a programme of activities, support groups and events, in 2010, Ivy House opened its doors. Since then, the team of dedicated care ‘companions’ has grown from two to eight and Ivy has gained a reputation for “seeing the person and not the dementia”.
Based in beautiful Victorian property in central Eastbourne, the day care provision at Ivy House includes a lively programme aimed at those not ready for a traditional care environment. Sessions are built around attendees themselves, and through detailed discussions with individuals, provide a direct link with their own hobbies and interests. With an emphasis on fun, engagement and confidence building, the Ivy team’s personal approach is delivering something unique and valuable to people with dementia. It is also offering an essential lifeline to family members who may not be able to cope with a caring role.
Jane Lowe is a regular speaker on the subject of dementia care provision, both locally and nationally and is a strong campaigner for government and community support for people with dementia.