Local Care Company Offers Free Dementia Workshops   

Sheena Van Parys presenting the certificates to Sue Lee
Sheena Van Parys presenting the certificates to Sue Lee

Local company Home Instead who support and assist older people living in their own homes have been busy recently offering free training to the Thirsk community.

In conjunction with the recent national event ‘Dementia Awareness Week’, which is all about ‘opening up’ and talking about dementia, the team from Home Instead in Thirsk partnered with local charity Thirsk and Sowerby Community Care Association to provide free dementia training and awareness to their volunteers.

Through their army of volunteers, Thirsk and Sowerby Community Care Association offer befriending, support, respite and lunch clubs to those living in the community who may be socially isolated, lonely, and vulnerable with or without health problems.

The workshop enabled the volunteers to learn more about dementia; to identify the typical signs of dementia, to understand the diagnosis, to learn more about the behaviours associated with dementia and to look at positive tailored activities that everyone can enjoy and take part in.

The ground breaking training was adapted from the company’s City & Guilds accredited dementia training programme, specifically developed for Home Instead’s Caregivers.

Spokesperson for the charity, Sue Lee commented: “Thirsk Community Care is a registered charity providing a wide range of health and social care services in the local community and it is important that staff & volunteers have the relevant knowledge to enable them to work with the type of individual they are introduced to.  We are therefore very happy to be able to access the Dementia Awareness Workshops run by Home Instead.  Volunteers and staff alike have found these very informative and useful to their roles.”

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 dementia the better for society as a whole. There are 800,000 people with dementia in the UK therefore raising awareness in the community is vital and to learn how we can all live with dementia in a positive way and to be prepared for the changes that we may see in a family member, friend, neighbour, customer or colleague. If anyone would like to attend one of our workshops, then please get in touch”.

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.