Dementia Awareness Week

Amanda Bolt Alzheimer's Society & Gail Godson Home Instead
Amanda Bolt Alzheimer's Society & Gail Godson Home Instead

As in previous years, Home Instead West Lancashire and Chorley are proudly supporting Dementia Awareness Week and in particular this year our local Alzheimer’s Society as part of a very busy awareness programme. The local Alzheimer’s Society is holding three awareness events including a Cream Tea and Tai Chi, Try Something New and Tea & Talk and Gail Godson Director of Home Instead will be providing three Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friends sessions and one Home Instead FREE Dementia awareness training session.

Home Instead West Lancashire and Chorley recently rated as Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission (CQC); provide high quality care for adults and older people in their own homes. During National Dementia Awareness Week (17th-23rd May), Dementia workshops and awareness training for members of the community will be one hour long and will be taking place at the Home Instead office at No34, Heskin Lane, Ormskirk and The Hall Green, GP Practice, Up Holland .

Gail Godson comments “The Home Instead workshop teaches people to identify the typical signs of dementia and gain a better understanding of the condition. The workshops will not just be limited to family members however, they are available to local people living and working in the community, in fact, they are accessible to anyone who may interact with someone with dementia.

In previous years we have managed to reach out to; Love Ormskirk members, GP Practices across West Lancashire & Chorley, Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service, West Lancashire Carers Centre, West Lancashire CCG, West Lancashire CVS, Southport NHS, Boots the Chemist, The Post Office, staff at the town Library, local independent and national retailers as well as numerous local families, who have all attended”

With an ageing local population, cases of dementia are increasing at an astounding rate, which means that more and more people will be affected or touched by the disease at some point in their lives. The workshops give individuals the knowledge to positively embrace the journey they face, rather than being afraid of it and will allow them to share their knowledge and experiences with others.

For further details on both the Home Instead Free Dementia training and the local Alzheimer’s Society events that are taking place during Dementia Awareness Week then contact Sheila White, at Home Instead on 01695 - 589071

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