17th October saw us at Broadcast House to participate in the Dementia Question Time part of Eddie Nestor’s Drive Time broadcast on BBC London Radio.
The question time panel included; Roy James - President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, Jamie O’hara - Head of Government Relations at Transport for London, Eileen Sills - Clinical Director for the London Dementia Network, Dr. Onkar Sahota - Chair of GLA Health Committee, Angela Rippon - Broadcaster and Prime Ministers Dementia Envoy, and Dr. Richard Perry - Consultant Neurologist. Health Minister Norman Lamb also joined the panel by telephone.
We were asked by the BBC to invite family members who were caring for loved ones living with dementia. The discussion was lively although with the size of the studio audience there was certainly a need for a much longer programme. We were able to speak to a number of the panel members and our dementia trainer Joyce Barnard was able to have a good chat with Angela Rippon.
Though Home Instead’s initiative to provide high quality CAREGiver Training through our City and Guilds accredited programme is making a real difference to the people we support; we feel that there needs to be increased discussion about the effect of Dementia in our communities.
There are still a few days to listen to the Dementia Drivetime Special on the BBC London website - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p027xssd