Home Instead Senior Care, who provide at-home care for older people, have just completed a free Alzheimer’s and other dementias workshop for family members in Lytham. The free workshop which took place during National Dementia Awareness Week (19-25 May), was also attended by local people who may interact with someone with dementia and was extremely well received.
The ground breaking family workshops were adapted from the company’s City & Guilds accredited dementia training programme, specifically developed for Home Instead’s caregivers. They helped 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.
In total 52 people from across the Fylde attended the workshops and key attendees included Lancashire Fire & Rescue, North West Ambulance Service, Age UK, Blackpool Advocacy, Lancashire County Council, Lancashire Mental Health Team, British Red Cross and NCompass Advocacy.
The response from attendees was extremely positive, Teri a carer who attended said, “Thank you so much for putting this workshop on, it was invaluable. I now feel as a carer I am not on my own and have connected with many other people who are in my situation.”
Andrew from the North West Ambulance Service commented, ‘’ The workshop was excellent, it was great to chat with carers of people with dementia and has given me a greater understanding of how to assist and work with them.’’
Director of Home Instead Sophie Hoyle added, “I was delighted with the number of people who attended our dementia workshops and with the feedback we received. My hope is that those who undertook the training will now be able to share their knowledge with others, causing a domino effect across the community and helping us to make Lytham a dementia friendly town.
As a result of the resounding success of the training, further workshops are planned in St Annes, Freckleton, Poulton, Thornton and Over Wyre. For further information please call: 01253 738355 or visit www.homeinstead.co.uk/fyldeandwyre.