COVID-19 won't stop us talking about Dementia

This week should have been the week that we acknowledge and educate each other around the challenges faced in living with dementia.

Unfortunately, due to the current situation, Dementia Action Week 2020 has been postponed until later in the year.  Although we won’t be running our planned sessions and celebrations within the community groups we work with,  to provide a safe, fun and supportive environment within the local area,  we are still very much staying in touch and ensuring families that we are here to support them and their loved ones living with dementia despite this pandemic .  

Lisa Stirk, Community Co-Ordinator at Home Instead, has been enjoying ZOOM Singing for The Brain sessions that normally she would be a volunteer at, which is held at Christ Church in Harrogate every Monday at 1.30pm. This week 23 friends came together virtually to enjoy singing and sharing musicals they had been fortunate to go and see around the country or even worldwide.

Lisa is also delighted to be a part of the Knaresborough Dementia Friendly Steering Group and throughout the self-isolation we have been sharing positive and upbeat services that are in the community to support individuals and families through these uncertain and long days.  The Steering Group have also come together on Zoom to discuss future plans and remain in regular contact by email.

Throughout the amazing work that we continue to provide to our Home Instead Clients, we are also keeping in regular contact with the support groups and organisations in and around Harrogate who are there to support people living with dementia and their families. Dementia Forward, a local charity supporting people affected by dementia, have recently shared a wonderful video outlining that their emergency contact number is still very active and there is support available.

At Home Instead we run regular Dementia City & Guilds Training Courses for all our CAREGivers and this allows us to care for clients with dementia in the safety and comfort of their own home where there is continuity and familiarity of their family home they have grown to love.

We also match our Clients and CAREGivers together to ensure a good relationship with shared interests and continuity of care and support with visits of one hour or more.   

So, although we are not celebrating and running events to raise awareness of Dementia Awareness Week, we are certainly continuing to deliver the care and support in our local community in and around the areas of Harrogate, Ripon, and Thirsk.

To find out more about our specialist Dementia Care packages please call us on 01423 774490 or visit