Local care company, Home Instead Senior Care in Norwich, which provides care enabling older people to remain in their own homes for longer, has recently donated 10 copies of their dementia care book to the Millennium Library in Norwich.
Published by Home Instead, Confidence to Care is a handbook for those caring for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. The book offers readers a combination of personal stories and practical advice to help them provide the best and most effective dementia care possible. Its primary focus is on the effective prevention and management of certain memory and behaviour symptoms, including refusal, aggression, delusions and wandering, which family carers often need help with. Each chapter begins with a real life example and goes on to explain why the behaviour happens, suggestions for care approaches and prevention tips. The book even gives ‘conversation starters’ – giving help with what to say in different situations and also provides advice on how carers can continue to take care of themselves as well as their loved one.
Home Instead is also hosting a series of events including free dementia training and awareness workshops for the local community during National Dementia Awareness Week (18-24 May). The workshops will teach people how to identify the typical signs of dementia and gain a better understanding of the condition. They will also arm family carers and others in the community with effective techniques for managing the many different and sometimes challenging behaviours associated with dementia.
Home Instead’s Chris Carter commented, “As dementia care specialists, we know all too well the challenges that people are met with when caring for someone with a dementia. With an ageing population, cases of dementia are increasing at an alarming rate, which means that more and more people will be affected by the disease at some point in their lives. Through our book donation and upcoming events, we hope to be able to help people in our area to better understand dementia and create a more dementia friendly community.”
For further information on Confidence to Care and the upcoming workshops and events, please contact Home Instead on 01603 482116 or visit www.homeinstead.co.uk/norwich