Home Instead helps create dementia friendly communities

We specialise in helping elderly people to remain in their own homes and have pledged to deliver free dementia awareness training to 3,000 family carers and members of the community, to teach them the latest techniques for coping with the condition. Training will take place in workshops being run by our offices across the country during National Dementia Awareness Week (19 – 25 May).

We believe that our free workshops will mean that families and members of the community are better equipped to deal with the many aspects of the disease, including behaviours associated with the condition. In addition, the workshops demonstrate how to capture a loved one’s life journey for documenting and sharing fond memories together.

Home Instead currently cares for many people across the country who are living with dementia and we believe that more needs to be done to help families to cope with the pressures of living and dealing with the disease.

Too often elderly people suffering with Alzheimer’s disease, or one of the other forms of dementia, are moved into care homes earlier than is necessary simply because family carers feel unable to cope.

The vast majority of older people wish to remain in their own homes for as long as possible and this is particularly beneficial for people with dementia who benefit from familiar surroundings and maintaining regular routines.

Explaining the rationale behind the workshops, Trevor Brocklebank, CEO of Home Instead said, “The workshops teach innovative techniques for dealing with dementia. Rather than focus on the symptoms and treatments of the disease, carers are trained in effective techniques for managing the many different, often challenging behaviours associated with dementia including refusal, delusions, aggression, false accusations, wandering, agitation.

“Rather than trying to force those living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia to live in our world in the here and now, we need to meet them in the past and the workshops will help carers to achieve this. Dementia care often focuses on keeping the person with dementia from doing unwanted behaviours, thereby creating a behavioural void. The new programme looks to teach caregivers to focus on supporting wanted behaviours.”

The workshops are available to family members as well as local people living and working in the community, in fact, they will be accessible to anyone who may interact with someone with dementia.

Trevor continued, “The workshops will give individuals the knowledge to embrace the journey they face, rather than being afraid of it and allow them to share their knowledge and experiences with others. This will no doubt have a huge impact on our community and help us to create a dementia friendly society.”