Mayor praises Miranda House for dementia awareness event

Royal Wootton Bassett Mayor Mary Champion has praised Miranda House for sharing knowledge of dementia with the community through two special events held at the care home this week.

Miranda House, run by Caring Homes in High Street, Royal Wootton Bassett, welcomed members of the public to the free dementia awareness sessions which explored what dementia is, how it is diagnosed, and the effects it can have on friends and family.

Two sessions took place, one aimed at family members of those living with dementia and the other at local businesses and organisations.

Cllr Champion said “I have been on many dementia training courses and this is definitely the best and the sensory room was so good and brought the feeling of dementia to life. I would recommend this to Wiltshire County Council and our Dementia Group in Royal Wootton Bassett.”

The event aimed to give participants an in-depth understanding about, and empathy for, the psychological needs of a person with dementia and is based on Caring Homes’ in-house dementia training programme, Living in My World, which has just won a prestigious Princess Royal Training Award. There were 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.

Others attending the event included local solicitors and representatives from Age Concern, the Alzheimer’s Society and Caring About Dementia Group.

One attendee said:
“An excellent morning. Gave me really useful information and strategies to cope with looking after my relative. The practical ‘In My World’ session was very good and gave a good insight into how scary the world is to dementia sufferers. Thank you.”

Another added:
“I am currently caring for my relative with dementia – the session provided huge understanding and made me see it in a different light – it will help us a great deal.”

Caring Homes’ Dementia Training Lead Michele Saunders, said:
“We were delighted at the interest shown in finding out about dementia by the community in Royal Wootton Bassett. These events 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. The sessions at Miranda House help to 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.”

Miranda House is a Caring Homes Group care home, providing specialist residential and dementia care in Wiltshire, for up to 65 people.

To find out more about Miranda House, please contact us on 0808 223 5525 or
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

Miranda House

Home Manager

Phil Chapman


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Royal Wootton Bassett,

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
To Whom it may concern,

RE: A message from the CEO and Clinical Director

At Caring Homes we are following the latest Government advice and stopping visitors to all our homes, except for essential visits by healthcare professionals who will be required to adhere to strict protocols.

We understand that this may be very difficult for families but we are clear in our duty to ensure we protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our Residents and Colleagues as our top priority.

We want you to know that you can contact your loved ones through calls, emails, video and social media and we will support our Residents to view any messages you send over. We are confident that the teams in our homes are doing all they can to ensure that life remains as comfortable and sociable as possible. There will be a full programme of activities delivered by our in-house health and wellbeing teams.

We hope you will understand and support these actions and any further subsequent measures we might need to put in place.

Yours sincerely