Ormskirk 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 Robert Godson from Home Instead said, “In a recent Alzheimer’s Society survey it was clear that 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 local community with effective techniques for managing the much different and sometimes challenging behaviour associated with dementia including refusal, delusions, aggression, false accusations, wandering and agitation”.
“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. Our aim is to reach out to everyone in the local community and I’m delighted that we already have the very kind support of; Love Ormskirk , 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 will all be in attendance.”
With an ageing local 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. With the help of members of Love Ormskirk and other stakeholders in the local community, our mission is to try and make Ormskirk one of the first dementia friendly towns in the North West of England.
The West Lancashire & Chorley office of Home Instead is part of a national network of over 135 independently owned and operated offices. For further information on our FREE Dementia family workshops then call and see us on our next Ormskirk Market - Information Stall, on Saturday 11th May or to register your place then please call Natalie Wallace on: 01695 - 589071.