Local at-home care company, Home Instead Senior Care, is offering a free training workshop to local families, whose loved ones are affected by Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, during National Dementia Awareness Week (18-24 May). The workshop will take place on Wednesday 21st May at the Felixstowe Senior Citizens Centre from 6.00pm.
The ground breaking family training workshop has been adapted from a City & Guilds accredited dementia training programme, specifically developed for Home Instead’s CAREGivers. Explaining the rationale behind the training programme Chris Lye from Home Instead said, “People prefer to remain at home and this is particularly relevant for dementia sufferers 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.
“The Home Instead family workshop will allow us to branch out into the wider community and teach people to identify the typical signs of dementia and gain a better understanding of the condition. It will also arm 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 and wandering.
“The workshop will not just be limited to family members however, it will be accessible to anyone in the local community who may interact with someone with dementia. Our aim is to reach out to everyone.”
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. The workshop will give individuals the knowledge to positively embrace the journey they face, rather than being afraid of it.
For further information on the upcoming workshop, please call 01473 272301 or 01394 618002.