Free Dementia Workshops

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Home Instead Senior Care, Swansea is offering free training workshops to local families, whose loved ones are affected by Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, during National Dementia Awareness Week (19th - 25th May). The 2 ½ hour workshops will be available twice a day at 10:00am – 12:30pm and 2:00pm 4:30pm, from Monday 20th – Friday 24th and once on Saturday 25th. They will take place in: Mumbles, Swansea Central, Cockett and Llansamlet and will be operated on a first come first served, registration basis.

Swansea 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 City & Guilds accredited dementia training programme, specifically developed for Home Instead’s caregivers.

Explaining the rationale behind the training programmes Ben Ruddle 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 cover 4 modules and 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 first 2 modules are covered in May’s workshops and will be followed up with the final 2 modules in June.

 “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 and I’m delighted that we already have the support of local social workers, Age Cymru Swansea Bay, The Red Cross, Swansea Carers and WRVS, who will all be in attendance.”

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 Swansea office of Home Instead Senior Care is part of a national network of over 135 independently owned and operated offices. The company is pledging to train 2,500 people during National Dementia Awareness Week and will be working alongside "Ageing Well in Wales" to support their call for action across Wales in creating dementia friendly communities.”

For further information on the Alzheimer’s free family workshops or to register your preferred venue and date please call: 01792 790 890 or email: gillian.mason@homeinstead.co.uk