Community benefits from free Dementia workshops

Delegates at the Red Cafe, Mumbles

Delegates at the Red Cafe, Mumbles

Dementia is fast becoming one of the biggest health concerns of the 21st century, with 800,000 elderly people, and 17, 000 younger people currently living with the disease, and an estimated one million by 2021.

Home Instead recognises that there is a lack of resources on how to deal with the behaviours of someone with the disease. Therefore, at Home Instead we supplied 6 free workshops during ‘Dementia Awareness Week’ 19th – 24th May, to give a greater understanding of the disease, and offer techniques to manage behaviours.

Home Instead in Swansea, managed to reach over 57 people locally, which was a great success for us. Out of all our attendees, 95% said they felt the workshop would have a high impact on them when supporting their loved one or a client.

We had some lovely feedback, when we asked what the most valuable part of the workshop was, and if they would like to make any comments, these are some of those comments;

“I now have a greater understanding of the condition and as I help care for a loved one, it has given me ideas to help them and myself”

“How to placate the individual with dementia and diffuse a difficult situation”

“I’m very encouraged that you provide such good training for your carers”

“Good delivery with encouraged audience participation”

      “Wish I had attended this time last year!”

The course is a very modern and interactive 2 and a half hours, with time for discussion within the group. We have found that this is just as valuable as the information we provide. Caring for someone can be an isolating experience, but discussing ones story can be liberating and informative.

We intend providing these additional workshops for the fire service, local law firms, and other interested organisations, as well as providing more free workshops for the community in the Autumn of this year. If you would like to find out more information regarding this, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

A group of Home Instead CAREGivers talking
Family welcoming a Home Instead care manager into their home