A local company who provide at home care for older people is offering free dementia training workshops to local families, whose loved ones are affected by Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, during National Dementia Awareness Week (19-25 May). Workshops will be taking place at Home Instead Senior Care’s offices at Diamond House, Vulcan Road North in Norwich.
The company will also be running a workshop on the afternoon of May 24th at the Hammerton Court Dementia Care Unit at the Julian Hospital during an open day being held there.
Norwich is one the first places in the UK where these unique family workshops are being introduced by Home Instead Senior Care. The ground breaking family training workshops were adapted from a City & Guilds accredited dementia training programme, specifically developed for Home Instead’s Caregivers.
Explaining the rationale behind the training programmes Chris Carter from Home Instead said, “People prefer to remain at home and this is particularly relevant for dementia sufferers who benefit from familiar surroundings and routines. However, when family members must take on the role of being the main carer they can often become overwhelmed, physically and mentally with the uncertainties and pressures of caring for a loved one.
“The Home Instead family workshops will teach people to identify the typical signs of dementia and gain a better understanding of the condition. It will also arm family carers and others in the community with effective techniques for managing the many different and sometimes challenging behaviours associated with dementia including refusal, delusions, aggression, false accusations, wandering and agitation.
“The workshops will not just be limited to family members however, they will be available to local people living and working in the community, in fact, they will be accessible to anyone who may interact with someone with dementia. Our aim is to reach out to everyone in the local community.”
With an ageing population, cases of dementia are increasing at an alarming rate, which means that more and more people will be affected by the disease at some point in their lives. The workshops will give individuals the knowledge to positively embrace the journey they face, rather than being afraid of it and allow them to share their knowledge and experiences with others. This will have a huge impact on the community and help to make a dementia friendly society.
The Norwich office of Home Instead Senior Care is part of a national network of over 135 independently owned and operated offices. For further information on the Alzheimer’s free family workshops or to register your place please call: 01603 482116 or visit www.homeinstead.co.uk/Norwich