Home Instead Senior Care, who provide high quality at-home care services for adults and older people, have just completed a series of four Free Alzheimer’s and other dementias workshops for family members and carers in Ormskirk. The workshops which took place during National Dementia Awareness Week (19-25 May), were also attended and supported by people from businesses and organisations who may interact with someone with dementia in their day to day routines and were extremely well received. Love Ormskirk continue to fully support awareness of the disease that affects so many in the community and especially wanted to encourage local businesses and retailers to attend the courses to learn more about how to help support customers with dementia and their carers, as part of a joint initiative with Home Instead to try and help make Ormskirk one of the first Dementia Friendly towns in the North West.
Rachelle Atherton, Director of Love Ormskirk & Owner of Competitive Edge stated:
We have fully supported this project with Home Instead, it is so important that we as business owners and members of Ormskirk community know how to help our customers. Home Instead have been fantastic to work with and have really managed to raise the profile of Dementia in the town.
Home Instead and Love Ormskirk are passionate about raising the profile of dementia in our local community, this on-going approach is not just limited to National Dementia Awareness Week , which saw over eighty five local people register with Home Instead for our FREE Dementia Workshops, in turn Home Instead helped everyone to find out more about dementia care including; details on early diagnosis, types, symptoms, and medication. With the very kind support of NHS West Lancashire (NHSWL) Dr Simon Frampton (Clinical Lead with portfolio responsibility for Dementia Care ) explained the goals, plans and objectives that NHSWL are pro-actively pursuing on their dementia care pathway in 2013/14.
Substantial exposure and support for our Dementia Alliance Action Plan has already been kindly forthcoming from all areas including; BBC Radio Stations (Merseyside & Lancashire), various printed media, web sites (Home Instead, NHSWL, Love Ormskirk etc), social media networking (Lancashire Life Magazine, Rosie Cooper MP, Lancashire Fire & Rescue, Love Ormskirk, BBC Lancashire, Home Instead Offices around the country etc.), posters and stickers in local Ormskirk shop windows and even a Saturday Market information stall. In all we have already directly reached out to in excess of 100,000 people in and around West Lancashire including families, businesses, voluntary organisations, charities, public servants, dementia specialists and community groups.
Staff at our local Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, the newly formed NHS West Lancashire , Ormskirk Library , West Lancashire Carers Centre, West Lancashire CVS, Southport NHS, Clock Tower & Ormskirk Rotary Clubs, Rosie Cooper MP, Age UK Lancashire, Help Direct , BBC Radio Merseyside and Lancashire, the Post Office, Boots the Chemist, M&S, Tesco, Morrison, local social workers, many local businesses, voluntary organisations and numerous local families have all demonstrated a keen interest in supporting this programme; many of whom have already attended the first two workshops in May and have now signed up to the next two workshops in early July and are playing their part in helping to try and turn Ormskirk in to one of the first ‘Dementia friendly towns’ in the North West of England.
West Lancs MP Rosie Cooper kindly joined a workshop and gave her full support on Wednesday morning, stating:
“I am delighted to be supporting Dementia Awareness Week and Home Instead’s awareness campaign. It is fantastic that Home Instead is helping the people of West Lancashire to understand the condition and I fully support their efforts to make Ormskirk one of the UK’s first dementia friendly towns.
“I have direct personal experience of losing someone close to me with dementia. The effects on the sufferer and on the family are devastating. Trying to ensure that good quality, appropriate care is provided, whilst coming to terms with the impact of the condition is incredibly hard on everyone involved.
“I hope that Home Instead’s free Dementia Educational Workshops will improve people’s understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and I would urge everyone to back Dementia Awareness Week and support Home Instead and the Alzheimer’s Society in their excellent work.”, MP Rosie Cooper .
Our evaluation feedback from the first two workshops held in late May is in the main, immensely positive, very constructive and most informative. Home Instead will be presenting this feedback and further statistics to our community health professionals, support services and specialist voluntary organisations, to assist them with their on-going improvement plans on dementia care
Going forward, Home Instead and Love Ormskirk have produced a number of new and very exciting community dementia initiatives for 2013/14 that will be announced at the next Free Dementia workshops in early July when 'techniques to manage behaviours' and 'encouraging engagement' will be covered. Separately Home instead will also be giving everyone in the local community the opportunity to ‘sign up’, support and get personally involved with the Home Instead and Love Ormskirk ‘Dementia Alliance Action Plan’, helping to try and make Ormskirk one of the first Dementia friendly towns in the North West of England. For more information please call Natalie on 01695 589071 or visit websites at www.homeinstead.co.uk/westlancs or www.loveormskirk.com