Voluntary support will help communities cope with ageing population

24 May 2013

Home Instead believes that their free dementia family workshops, launched this week in support of National Dementia Awareness Week, are one of the first examples of a national initiative which will see a private company working with communities to help deal with our ageing population.

By the end of the week, Home Instead will have trained over 3,000 family carers, as well as other community members, in the latest techniques for dealing with the sometimes difficult behaviours associated with the disease.

Commenting on the workshops, Trevor Brocklebank, CEO of Home Instead said, “With a rapidly ageing population and a social care system in crisis, new ways are being sought to ensure the wellbeing of older people. Without doubt, partnerships between private organisations and local communities will need to become more common in the future.

“Our dementia workshops, which are based on extensive research from leading global experts in ageing and dementia, allow us to share our knowledge and experience of dealing with older people who have a dementia. They teach innovative techniques and rather than focus on the symptoms and treatments of the disease, carers are trained in effective techniques for managing the many different and sometimes challenging behaviours associated with dementia.”

Partnerships between private, public and third sector organisations have been identified by the House of Lords Select Committee (Public Service & Demographic Change) and World Economic Forum as one of the ways we will cope with our ageing population.

Home Instead has already received plaudits for the workshops, including this from a spokesperson for NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group, “With an ageing population and a predicted increase in the number of people living with dementia, this is a core focus for the CCG. However, tackling this and delivering improvements cannot be achieved alone. We need to work closely with everyone from carers to our healthcare partners, and workshops like this play an integral part.” 

Home Instead has run 98 workshops, training around 3,000 people, during National Dementia Awareness Week and will extend the programme in the months ahead. The content of the workshops is based on Home Instead’s City & Guilds accredited training programme for its Caregivers, which was introduced last year.