Testimonials

‘Please pass my heartfelt thanks to Sandra and Karen for all they have done for mum – and to support me – over the past couple of years. We couldn’t have managed to keep mum at home without you all.’ Daughter of client

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‘I want to take this opportunity of saying a heart-felt “thank you” to all those at The Filo Project who have been directly involved in the care and support provided to my step-mother for the past year. Without it there’s absolutely no doubt she would not have been able to extend her independent lifestyle for as long as she has, and I know she’s really enjoyed being “out with her friends” whenever she’s been on her days away!’ Step-son of client

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‘I cannot stress enough the fact that Filo is saving my mother in law’s life.’ Son-in-law of client

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‘I know that Filo is definitely working for mum and she is benefitting. Mum was smiling when she got out of the car and I haven’t seen her like that for ages. I am so pleased with how it’s going.’ Daughter of client  

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‘Mum loves her day with The Filo Project, she really enjoys her lunches and always comes back elevated.’ Daughter of client

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‘I’m so happy with how my husband has settled at The Filo Project. He never says he doesn’t want to go.  I don’t need to stay and I’m very pleased to have a few hours to myself. I feel “at ease” dropping him and I don’t need to worry about him whilst I’m gone.’ Wife of client

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‘Dad was so happy at The Filo Project, the only days he would get up were the Tuesdays and Thursdays when he came to you’. Daughter of client

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I just wanted to reiterate how important the Filo group is for John. On a Tuesday and Thursday evening, following his Filo sessions, he is at his best. He is in a good mood, he is not worrying about things or falsely accusing people of things. On Mondays and Wednesdays when he is struggling with his Alzheimers I can usually help bring him out of his confusion, paranoia and depression by talking about where he is going the next day. Carer of client

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After mum dying in September I was concerned dad would become isolated and withdrawn, he was never the outgoing type after having my mum for sole company for nearly 60 years. For him The Filo Project has been amazing, he is a more confident person who engages in daily life and has a good sense of contentment. After only a few weeks I saw “the light bulb” moment in him. The great thing is it has stimulated him to the degree where he now lives a fairly normal life, cooking cleaning and really making a good effort. We have days when his short term memory is not so good but he doesn’t rely on me so much. He’s gone from telephoning me 9 times a day to possibly 4 times a week.

As a nurse myself this type of therapeutic day care has worked for my dad, we seem to have part of his old self back. To sum it up dad was a hostage of his vascular dementia, feeling uneasy in public not knowing what to say or do, The Filo Project has given him a new lease of life and a greater way of coping with his illness.

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‘This is the best money we’ve ever spent’ Daughter of client

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‘I like coming here as it makes me feel normal.’ Comment from client comparing day centre experience with the Filo Project.

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‘The Filo Project has  been a God send for the older people of Devon. I have witnessed the change in clients’ personalities, the behaviour and slowing down the effects of dementia on the memory. The one to four groups works perfectly to allow interactions for each person who attends the sessions. Everyone and their families  I know who has been placed with the Filo Project have only reported what an improvement it has made to their lives.’ Devon County Council Community Review Team Member

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‘My father was very withdrawn, and not eating or looking after himself well, last year. I despaired of him ever getting back to any semblance of normality. He was diagnosed with moderate dementia and depression. Being a very independent man, he struggled to admit there was a problem. He was a little reluctant to go to The Filo Project at first, but within a few weeks, was already feeling very much at home, and indeed, now calls Libby, Malcolm and their girls ‘his other family’. I’m not sure if this is a complement or not! Both Dad and I will always be grateful to Libby for giving him back a small amount of his previous confidence, he joins in and Libby tells me he has begun to interact with the other guests and even take the lead occasionally. He has blossomed and even accepts his confusion as part of him rather than railing against it as he was doing. He is more content and accepting. He has also returned to singing with the male voice choir, something I thought he would never do, and I believe that is down to the self confidence instilled by the FILO Project. In our case, I think it would not be too dramatic to say that the  FILO project really did save Dad’s life and has enhanced and enriched his final years, giving him a sense of worth in an otherwise confusing world.’

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‘If you had told me a year ago that dad would have improved so much, I wouldn’t have believed you, we honestly thought he wouldn’t make it to Christmas. But here he is, not perfect, but beginning to accept his limitations and work inside them. And a lot of that is down to you, I’m sure.’

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‘This sounds like a fabulous project and we need to make sure people consider it when people are being discharged – I honestly think it could make the difference between home and residential care for some people.’   Senior Mental Health Practitioner, Older People’s Mental Health Liaison Psychiatry.

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”It’s good coming here because I’m with people who speak my language, if you know what I mean.”

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‘Dad remembers very little of his day but he always comes back happy and very often singing which is great!’