Staff members from Nunthorpe Oaks care home in Cleveland are raring to raise awareness of dementia in their local community, after being certified Dementia Friends Champions by the Alzheimer’s Society.
The group participated in a one-day Dementia Friends training course, which is an initiative of the Alzheimer’s Society, and the session was attended by Nunthorpe Oaks Service Manager, Jenny Stubbs, and staff members Linda Hatcher, Claire Fryer, and Sonya Longstaff.
The course busts common myths about dementia, and teaches attendees about what it’s like to live with the disease. There are many small changes a community can make to support those individuals living with dementia, and the course equips participants with practical tools and knowledge to make the place in which they live and work a dementia-friendly community.
These newly trained Dementia Friends will volunteer to become Dementia Champions, where they will deliver workshops to raise awareness of dementia and ultimately create more dementia-friendly communities across the country.
With the population in the UK ageing, the Alzheimer’s Society predicts that by 2025 there will be one million people with dementia, and so it is even more important that communities adapt to meet this challenge head on so that people living with dementia feel welcome and supported to lead an active and fulfilling life.
Service Manager, Jenny Stubbs, commented:
“Dementia Friends training emphasised that a person can live well with dementia, and that there is plenty a community can do to support those individuals to be happy and healthy.
It is important that people with dementia are provided with the best support to be happy and healthy. This initiative helps to broaden your knowledge of the disease and learn about tools to support individuals living with the disease.”
Nunthorpe Oaks is part of Embrace, and provides residential and palliative care for older people.