Police cadets blaze a trail for dementia care

The Bury Police Cadets have recently become one of the first groups in Greater Manchester to benefit from a specialist Alzheimer’s and other dementias training workshop, to help them recognise and deal with the increasing number of people suffering with dementia in the local community.

The ground breaking training workshop was provided by local at-home care company, Home Instead Senior Care, and was adapted from their City & Guilds accredited dementia training programme, developed specifically for Home Instead’s caregivers. The Cadets were taught to identify the typical signs of dementia, helping them to gain a better understanding of the condition, as well as learning effective techniques for managing the different and sometimes challenging behaviours associated with the condition.

Home Instead provided the training to thank the Cadets for their assistance in helping plant Bury’s Dementia Awareness logo flowerbed in Unity Garden, during National Dementia Awareness Week. The logo was designed by local Bury Church High School students in order to promote awareness for North West based charity, Making Space and Bury’s Dementia Alliance Initiative.

Making Space, which is Mayor of Bury, Councillor Sharon Briggs’ charity for 2013, provides quality care, support and enablement services for people with a range of physical and mental health conditions including dementia, as well as providing support for their families and carers. The charity runs a monthly dementia café in Bury which brings together people with dementia and their carers, allowing them to share their experiences and discuss the latest treatments and techniques for living well with dementia.

Home Instead’s dementia workshop was delivered by owner of Home Instead Bury, Kevin Winch, who commented, “As a company who specialise in providing care to older people, ways in which to support people with dementia and of course their families, is something that’s extremely important to us. Working with local community groups is a fantastic way for us to raise awareness about the growing issue of dementia and to share our specialist knowledge and techniques with others.

“It was such a pleasure to be able to visit the Police Cadets and as result of the extremely positive feedback we received from Police Cadet leader, Martin Coyne, we’re now planning to roll out a series of these free workshops to the public.

“We’re extremely proud to be supporting Bury’s Dementia Alliance initiative and it is my hope that those who undertake our training workshops will be able to pass on their knowledge to others, causing a domino effect across the community and helping us to make Bury a dementia friendly town.”

For further information on the upcoming workshops please call: 0161 796 2988 or visit www.homeinstead.co.uk/bury

A group of Home Instead CAREGivers talking
Family welcoming a Home Instead care manager into their home