Our team gets 'on board' the Dementia Bus!

Specialist training to support our Clients and community in Exeter & East Devon

A focus on specialist knowledge is just one element that contributes to our continued success at Home instead Exeter & East Devon, and our Outstanding CQC rating. In our most recent project, we have embarked on further training, aimed at enhancing the skills of our Care Professionals, in our role as dementia specialists

Having invested in a unique two-day programme from Training2Care, all Home Instead team members and a number of our key local contacts from the healthcare and related sectors, were invited to take part in the Dementia Bus experience – our goal being to share this valuable learning opportunity far and wide!

This unique training aimed to give participants an immersive insight into the mental, and often underestimated physical symptoms, of dementia, which include hearing issues, mobility challenges, communication barriers, impaired vision and emotional distress.

Further to this, our participants were given tools and techniques to support those clients living with dementia symptoms. Communication can be key to securing positive outcomes for our clients facing these challenges and all agreed that after completing this course, they felt able to offer additional solutions moving forward and to empathise further still, with our Clients – enhancing our ability to provide safe, effective and caring support.

Forming part of our Personalised Career Pathways scheme, The Dementia Bus experience is just one aspect of our ongoing initiatives at Home Instead Exeter & East Devon, to professionalise the care sector, and to offer rewarding local recruitment opportunities which allow employees to develop full and rewarding careers in care.

Having organised a visit from the ‘bus’ in 2019 for the then current team, feedback for this latest investment has been enormously positive, with one Home Instead Care Professional, Jacqui, commenting, “I am so thankful to our Training Team for organising this – it was an extremely powerful experience that will stay with me.”

Dementia can pose challenges both to those living with symptoms and those around them, as they do their best to provide support. Our ongoing Dementia Awareness project has seen our Community Talks Team provide over forty free workshops over the course of the past year, in an effort to create safer and more welcoming communities.

Our website also aims to offer guidance, support and advice regarding this important topic, with touching articles featuring those living first hand with dementia, such as ‘Jade’ and also covering the dilemma of whether to share a dementia diagnosis, HERE.

If you would like further information regarding our officially Outstanding home care and companionship services – including Live-In Care – please contact our Home Care Consultant team on 01395 200600 or visit our website at homeinstead.co.uk/exeter-east-devon HERE.

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