Laverstock Care Centre, run by Caring Homes in Salisbury, will be hosting a free Dementia Awareness Event next week (Feb 16) open to anyone wishing to explore what dementia is, how it is diagnosed, and the effects it can have on friends and family.
The event will give participants an in-depth understanding about, and empathy for, the psychological needs of a person with dementia. The event is based on Caring Homes' in-house dementia training programme, Living in My World, which has just won a prestigious Princess Royal Training Award.
Laverstock Care Centre is a Caring Homes Group care home, providing specialist residential and dementia care in Wiltshire, for up to 80 people. There will be two dementia awareness sessions running on the day, a private session for family members of those living with dementia and a special afternoon session aimed at local businesses and organisations. There will be hints and tips to improve communication and a practical session to understand some of the day-to-day frustrations that affect a person living with dementia.
Caring Homes' Dementia Training Lead Michele Saunders, says: “The event will enable participants to learn about dementia and help them to challenge the way people think, act and talk about the condition. "We want to actively promote a dementia friendly community through sharing our knowledge and expertise. These sessions at Miranda House will increase awareness of dementia which can be useful to all sorts of businesses and organisations, and help people understand what life is like for those living with the condition.”
If you would like to find out more or attend this event please call 0808 223 5400 or email email@example.com.
Background information about dementia
- Dementia is an umbrella term that refers to lots of different types of conditions
- There are more than 200 different forms of dementia; the four most common are Alzheimer’s Disease, vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy Bodies, Frontotemporal dementia
- One in 14 people aged 65 and over have dementia*
- Many people with dementia dislike the term ‘dementia residents’ as it implies that they are nothing more than this.
- Please avoid using the word sufferer or victim in relation to dementia. It is preferable to use ‘person with dementia’ ‘person living with dementia’ or ‘person living well with dementia’.
* According to Alzheimers Society report update 2015
1) Caring Homes Group is made up of Caring Homes (elderly) In 2014 the company celebrated 20 years providing high quality private care.
2) The Caring Homes Group ethos is providing the highest standards of person-centred care and clinical excellence at each of its homes.
3) Caring Homes Group won a prestigious ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ at the National Care Awards 2015 for its founder Helena Jeffery. It also won a prestigious Laing & Buisson Award in 2015 for ‘Supported Living’ and a Dementia Care award in 2014.