Whittington House to share knowledge of dementia with community

Whittington House nursing home in Cheltenham, will be hosting two free Dementia Awareness Events this month on September 26th, open to anyone wishing to explore what dementia is, how it is diagnosed, and the effects it can have on friends and family.

The events, which will take place at our home in Whittington Road, will give participants an in-depth understanding about, and empathy for, the psychological needs of a person with dementia. Sessions are based on Caring Homes’ in-house dementia training programme, Living in My World, which is City and Guilds accredited and has won a prestigious Princess Royal Training Award.

The dementia awareness sessions will provide 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. The morning session – from 10am until 12.30pm is aimed at the local community while the afternoon – from 2pm until 4.30pm – is for local businesses, groups and organisations.

Caring Homes’ Dementia Training Lead Michele Saunders, says:
“These events 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 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.”

Whittington House, run by Caring Homes, is a modern, purpose-built home and provides residential, nursing and specialist dementia care for up to 66 people.

If you would like to find out more or attend this event please call 0808 223 5400 or email enquiries@caringhomes.org.

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

Whittington House Nursing Home

Home Manager

Lyndsey Dixon

Address

58 Whittington Road,
Cheltenham,
Gloucestershire,
GL51 6BL

Contact
0808 223 5396
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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