The project is to make a 20 minute training film scripted from real life scenarios; Lots of Talk and No Conversation, takes us into events in the daily lives of three individuals receiving care, Claire, Mr Thomas and Millie, it puts us face to face with their experience of dementia and their struggle to hold onto their identity by trying to make sense of the here and now. It forces us to confront their reality as they move between the past and present trying desperately to restore meaning and balance into their lives.
- This is no ordinary training film, it is scripted from real characters and demonstrates the deep conversational skills and sensitivities needed in those emotional situations that are so heart-wrenching for people and families experiencing dementia.
- The film will be the first of its kind to give detail of what therapeutic conversations sound and look like with people experiencing dementia.
- It can be used over and over again as a guide to rekindle the relationships with those once thought lost.
- This film speaks to families and carers, helping families stay together longer.
- The film reveals that dementia care is something beyond simply ‘good care’ but a commitment to a relationship built on acceptance and love.
We need £16,500 to make this film. We have £10.000
We have just 60 days to reach our goal of a further £6,500. Every day is one day less.
Please help us make this film with a donation of £10, £20, £30 or more, whatever you can afford, everyone has a part to play and every pound counts.
Myths about Dementia.
Q: Dementia is a normal part of ageing. TRUE or FALSE.
A: FALSE. It is associated with ageing but not caused by it.
Q: There is nothing we can do to help people with dementia. TRUE or FALSE
A: FALSE. There are several things we can do. Quality of life is about positive relationships that are kind and empathetic. We need to take time to listen to a person’s life narrative and this can be understood.
Q: The person is lost to us. TRUE or FALSE.
A: FALSE. We can listen better. We must acquire the conversational techniques to hear and learn their language, and how to relate differently.
The Film: Lots of Talk and No Conversation: Breaking through dementia.
The characters living with dementia:-
Claire an ex- seamstress in her wisdom is maintaining her sense of purpose in a bewildering care home environment
Mr Thomas is home alone and grieving for his partner who was his security and comfort in times of vulnerability.
Millie is at home and is fighting to hold onto her independence and identity in a confusing world as others make decisions for her.
Marketing & Distribution
A limited number of copies of the film will be free and distributed to social & health care providers, care-workers, residential home managers and owners, charities, professionals, specialists and NHS workers who meet and work with people living with dementia.
The film alone can be purchased at a competitive price or accompanied with the training material and workshops. An e-learning package will also be available.
What we have achieved so far?
Total cost of making the film with learning material amounts to £16,500.
The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) have kick started the project with a commission of £10,000. We can’t wait another year to take this step, every 3.2 minutes someone is diagnosed with dementia.
We have engaged a London based film production company, pFlix Films who have already made excellent films in the health arena.
The Brendoncare Foundation who are dedicated to improving the quality of life for older people, have offered a care home as a location for one of the scenes.