Dementia Workshops Continue to be a Success 

Andrew Van Parys delivering the workshop
Andrew Van Parys delivering the workshop

Local company Home Instead who provide support and assistance to older people living in their own homes have been busy recently rolling out their second dementia workshop in a series of three to the local community.

After the success of their first workshop entitled ‘Understanding Alzheimer’s and other Dementias’ held in May. Husband and wife team Andrew & Sheena Van Parys recently hosted  their second workshop entitled ‘ Techniques to Manage Challenging Behaviours’ in the towns of Harrogate, Ripon and Thirsk.

The ground breaking workshops were 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 commented :’ It is great to be offering these free workshops as we hope they will make a difference because the more we all know and understand about the disease the better for society as a whole. Dementia is indiscriminate with who it inflicts and you may have a friend or relative who gets the disease so we all need to be prepared and understand how it affects people differently resulting in the many varying behaviours’

The workshops attracted over 100 people including both family carers and community groups such Age Uk, Dementia Forward and Thirsk and Sowerby Community Care Association.

The third workshop in the series entitled ‘Activities to Encourage Engagement’ will be held at the end of September 2013

For more information contact Home Instead on 01423 774490.

Home Instead is an award winning national company which is changing the way care is delivered in the UK and has rapidly built a reputation as one of the UK’s leading care companies. Their service is tailored to the needs of individual clients and ranges from companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping, post-discharge care, personal care, medication reminders, shopping and errands. The service is totally flexible to meet client needs and is available from as little as 1 hour to 24 hours a day, seven days a week.