Harrogate Gets Dementia Aware

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 events which took place during Dementia Awareness Week (14th-20th May 2017).

The events included community family workshops, Dementia Friends sessions (an Alzheimer’s Society initiative), radio interviews, and specialist dementia training for caregivers. The family workshops provide people with a better understanding of dementia, arming them with effective techniques for managing the many different, and sometimes challenging, behaviours associated with the condition.

Speaking about the events, which took place during Dementia Awareness Week, Sheena Van Parys 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.”

 Sheena continued: “The workshops presented during Dementia Awareness Week were well received and they taught people to identify the typical signs of dementia and gain a better understanding of the condition. They also armed family carers and others in the community with effective techniques for managing the many different and sometimes challenging behaviours associated with dementia including refusal, delusions, aggression, false accusations, wandering and agitation.

“We are also delighted that we now have a regular monthly slot on Stray FM radio on their Health and Wellbeing Show, where we will be sharing tips to maintain good health as we get older.”

For more information please call: 01423 774490 or visit https://www.homeinstead.co.uk/harrogate