Local at-home care company Home Instead celebrated World Alzheimer’s Day by participating in the ‘Faces of Dementia’ event, which included many activities to tempt the local community. Home Instead in Waltham Forest attended the event at Elderberries Day Centre to raise awareness of the illness and to provide an opportunity for the local community to get together and have some fun.
The day was an opportunity for people to learn more about the illness and the help that Home Instead can provide. There are currently 750,000 people with dementia in the UK and so it is crucial to raise awareness of the illness. Around 120 members of the local community attended, including Home Instead caregivers, clients and their families. The activities offered included dancing, complimentary taster sessions and manicures, all enjoyed to the sound of music provided by Redbridge Music Lounge.
Caregiver Catherine Ali who brought her client Patricia to the event commented, “The event was just brilliant! There was so much going on and everyone really enjoyed it!”
As part of their celebration of World Alzheimer’s Day and also their week-long celebration of UK Older People’s Day, the team at Home Instead in Waltham Forest decided to treat their clients to some other exciting events too. Caregiver James Loryman took his client Russell who was once a keen bowler, to a ‘Short Mat Bowls’ event held at Wanstead Youth centre. Caregiver Catherine Ali also marked Older People’s Day by taking her client Patricia to a ‘Health and Wellbeing Fair’, which offered yoga, aerobics taster sessions, health checks and even hoola hooping!
Throughout the week, the team thoroughly enjoyed celebrating World Alzheimer’s Day and UK Older People’s day and is already planning their events for next year. Home Instead owner, Ben Barraco commented, “It was a great day, and was enjoyed by all. It was lovely to be able to treat our clients whilst raising awareness of dementia at the same time.”
Home Instead is an award winning national company which is changing the way care is delivered in the UK. Their service is tailored to the needs of individual clients and ranges from companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping and post-discharge care. They also provide specific dementia care. The service is totally flexible to meet client needs and is available from as little as 1 hour to 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
If you would like more information about the services that Home Instead provide, call 0208 527 1464 or visit www.homeinstead.co.uk/WalthamForest.
Photo Caption- From left to right: Ben Barraco and Mary Pearson (Care Manager)