Together, through our exciting new BizzyBox Lending Project, we can help reduce the huge mental and physical strain on carers looking after loved ones living with dementia, recovering from a stroke or heart attack, or living with autism or a learning disability. The activity products carers will be able to borrow will include puzzles, comfort pets and hug buddies. Carers will be able to borrow these for free and enjoy them from the comfort of their own home together with their loved one!
These products can help restore motor functions and fine motor skills. They can also help someone recovering from a stroke or heart attack or living with autism or a learning disability. They will include products specially designed for people from African and Afro-Caribbean communities living with dementia. Their earlier memories will often feature different places and cultural experiences, so these products are designed to prompt conversation and reminiscence in relation to their heritage.
The activity products will help reduce the strain on dementia carers by enabling them to better interact with and reassure their loved one. There will also be an opportunity for carers to socialise and meet fellow carers at try-out parties where they can test the products before borrowing them. Caring can be a very isolating experience and it may not be unusual for a visit by the BizzyBox volunteer delivering or picking up a product to be one of the few people a carer may see in a week.
A professional Occupational Therapist will work closely with volunteers, carers and cared-for. This will ensure that everyone gets the most out of the products and that they are used safely. Volunteers, including carers, will log and manage the library products, clean and prepare items, and most importantly, build relationships with carers and cared-for. Volunteering is proven to help advance mental wellbeing and, especially if exercise such as in riding the courier bicycle is involved.