Thirsk Library Donation Helps to Create Dementia Friendly Communities

Sheena Van Parys from Home Instead Harrogate, Ripon and Thirsk recently visited Thirsk library to donate 4 copies of a wonderful book called ‘Confidence to Care’ by Molly Carpenter.

Published by Home Instead, Confidence to Care is a handbook for those caring for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. The book offers readers a combination of personal stories and practical advice to help them provide the best and most effective dementia care possible. Its primary focus is on the effective prevention and management of certain symptoms and associated behaviours, including refusal, aggression, delusions and wandering, which family carers often need help with. Each chapter begins with a real life example and goes on to explain why the behaviour happens, suggestions for care approaches and prevention tips. The book even gives ‘conversation starters’ – giving help with what to say in different situations and also provides advice on how carers can continue to take care of themselves as well as their loved one.

 Sheena Van Parys commented, “As dementia care specialists, we know all too well the challenges that people are met with when caring for someone with a dementia. With an ageing population, cases of dementia are increasing at an alarming rate, which means that more and more people will be affected by the disease at some point in their lives. Through our book donation to the libraries in Thirsk, Ripon and Harrogate and upcoming events, we hope to be able to help people in our area to better understand dementia and create a more dementia friendly community.”

Home Instead Harrogate, Ripon and Thirsk not only train all their CAREGivers in a City & Guilds accredited Alzheimer’s and other dementias programme but also run free education sessions in the local community for organisations wanting to become dementia friendly and also for family carers wanting to know more about dementia. Both Sheena and Andrew Van Parys are Dementia Champions for the Alzheimer’s Society and are very keen to make their local community dementia friendly. To find out more please contact the team at Home Instead on Harrogate 01423 774490, Ripon 01765 530400 or Thirsk 01845 440510 or visit  

Confidence to Care by Molly Carpenter is also available to purchase at £7.99 from Amazon, all profits from the sale of this book in the UK will be donated to The Home Instead Foundation (UK) and designated for donating to organisations and causes that support the elderly.