The caregiving team at Home Instead Harrogate, Ripon and Thirsk recently welcomed Bev Le Brocq, who is an Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Support Worker, to their team meeting.
Although most people are aware of the Alzheimer’s Society and who they support, it was good to learn more about the services that are available in and around the Harrogate and Ripon area.
Bev Le Brocq is a Dementia Support Worker for the Harrogate, Ripon and Craven area and joined the team meeting to discuss the services that are available in the area and how the services may be of interest to our clients and their families.
The support services are suitable for anyone with a dementia diagnosis who may be experiencing:
- Memory loss
- Impaired judgement
- Difficulties with abstract thinking
- Faulty reasoning
- Inappropriate behaviour
- Loss of communication skills
- Disorientation to time and place
- Motor and balance problems
Like Home Instead, the Alzheimer’s Society believe that life doesn’t end when dementia begins, their services are guided by the views of people affected by dementia through their user involvement programme and they have a growing understanding of dementia through their research programmes.
Home Instead caregivers are trained in Home Instead’s own tailored City & Guilds accredited Alzheimer’s CARE (Changing Ageing through Research and Education) programme which focuses on living well with dementia and encourages engagement in social, physical and mental activities to stimulate, build self-esteem and create joy and happiness. The Alzheimer’s Society services in Harrogate, Ripon and Knaresborough offer such activities, including:
Singing for the Brain- Community House, Ripon- last Wednesday of the month, 10.30am-12.00pm and Christ Church, Harrogate, every Monday of the month 1.30pm-3.00pm
Using the therapeutic benefits of music to help improve well-being and confidence
Memory Cafe- Gracious Street Methodist Church, Knaresborough, second and fourth Tuesday of every month, 2.30pm-4.00pm
An opportunity for people with dementia and their carers to participate in activities, have a cup of tea and a chat with others.
The Alzheimer’s Society also provide carers information courses designed to provide family carers with effective support and up to date and relevant information.
The Home Instead caregivers found the session very informative and it was great to meet Bev and learn about the support services in the community available to Home Instead
The Harrogate Alzheimer’s Society office can be contacted on 01423 813464
Contact Address: Alzheimer’s Society, Unit 32/33, Evans Business Park, Hartwith Way, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 2XA