Library Donation Helps to Create Dementia Friendly Community

Crewe & Nantwich Chronicle

Local care company, Home Instead Senior Care Crewe, which provides care supporting older people to live in their own homes across the area, has recently donated copies of their dementia care book to their local Crewe Library.

Published by Home Instead, Confidence to Care is a handbook for those caring for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. The book offers readers a combination of personal stories and practical advice to help them provide the best and most effective dementia care possible. Its primaryfocus is on the effective prevention and management of certain memory and behaviour symptoms, including refusal, aggression, delusions and wandering, which family carers often need help with.

Dawn Sime owner of Home Instead Senior Care explained, “We see day to day the effects dementia can have and we also know that many people are worried about what to do or say. This book helps them to understand more about the signs and gives real life scenarios providing a guide on how to manage the various different situations which can arise. The more we can do to support and educate families who are living with dementia, the better and donating our dementia care book to the local library was the right thing to do to help even more people.”

Angus Varley, the Librarian at Crewe was thrilled to accept the books and explained, “I am delighted to accept the donation of books from Home Instead. We are in the process of creating an enhanced ‘Dementia Collection’ which is aimed at anyone who is affected by dementia, as well as carers and the general public. We provide a delivery service to people who are housebound or too frail to carry their own books home, which we do in conjunction with The Royal Voluntary Service and we know they are well received.”

Gill Taylor the Manager for RVS said, “These are fantastic services that make a real difference to the lives of older people in Cheshire. We are always exploring new partnerships and Home Instead has similar interests in ensuring older people live happy, healthy and independent lives. The book Confidence to Care is a fantastic addition to Crewe Library’s Books on Prescription and we are extremely happy to support its distribution.”

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