Home Instead Raises Dementia Awareness

Local at-home care provider Home Instead Harrogate, Ripon and Thirsk, is helping to raise awareness of dementia in the local area. The care company has just completed a series of successful community workshops for family members and local  community organisations who support people living with dementia.

The family and community workshops provide people with a better understanding of dementia and to understand the symptoms associated with the disease and the benefits of engaging in social, physical and intellectual activities.

According to the Alzheimer’s Society there are currently over 850,000 people in the UK with dementia, forecast to be over 2 million by 2051

Speaking about the workshops,  Sheena Van Parys co-owner of Home Instead said, “People prefer to remain at home and this is particularly relevant for those living with dementia 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. Hopefully our workshops help in some way to support the families dealing with this and it is fantastic to receive testimonials and positive feedback from family members.” 

 ‘Thank you for the Dementia Workshop today, it was very informative and will enable me to support my family member better. It was great to share information with the other attendees too and I am coming away with some great ideas that I can put into practice.’
Caroline- Daughter of Client- Harrogate

The 'Introduction to Dementia' workshops are also available free of charge to local organisations and charities who support older people. Home Instead are happy to support community engagement and Sarah from Home Instead will be training a team of volunteers at HELP: Harrogate Easier Living Project (Charity) over the coming months.

For further information on Home Instead ‘s 'Introduction to Dementia’ workshops please contact Sarah Crawford Evans on 01423 774490 or email: [email protected]

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