Dementia Education for Harrogate School

Local at home care company Home Instead was recently asked by Harrogate Catholic High school St John Fisher to talk to their Year 12 Health and Social Care students in preparation for their June exams.

Part of the GCE course looks at the mental health challenge faced with Alzheimer’s disease and the reason and nature of this challenge plus the impact it has on the person.

Home Instead offer ground breaking community workshops which have been adapted from the company’s City & Guilds accredited dementia training programme, specifically developed for Home Instead’s CAREGivers.

They help both family carers and community members to identify the typical signs of dementia and gain a better understanding of the condition, as well as arming them with effective techniques for managing the many different and sometimes challenging behaviours associated with the condition.

Sheena Van Parys, owner of Home Instead Harrogate, Ripon and Thirsk states;

“The Home Instead community workshops teach people to identify the typical signs of dementia and gain a better understanding of the condition. It arms family carers and others in the community with effective techniques for managing the different and sometimes challenging behaviour associated with dementia including refusal, delusions, aggression, false accusations, wandering and agitation.”

The content of the workshop covers the challenges that people face with dementia both at home and in the community. It also promotes living well with dementia and how to keep active both socially, mentally and physically. Keeping active can help alleviate social exclusion and isolation, which so often happens when people receive their diagnosis and become aware of changes in their behaviours which in turn makes them lose their confidence, self-esteem and friendship or social groups start to disappear.

The workshop related very well to the learning outcomes for the students health and social care course.

Mrs Julie Boothman who teaches the students said; “I’d like to thank Home Instead for coming into the school and talking to the students, all the content was relevant to their course as well as everyday life.”

As a result of the resounding success of the workshops more are planned for this year. The team at Home Instead would welcome calls from anyone interested in attending. For further information please call: 01423 774 490 or visit