800,000 is a significant number; it currently represents 1.2% of the UK population, and is the approximate number of people living with a form of Dementia in the UK. This number is small compared to the true number of people affected by these terrible diseases. Husbands and Wives, Sons and Daughters, Brothers and Sisters, this is just a short list of the many people, who are dealing with the effects that it has on their loved ones.
Sometimes it is hard to understand why a loved one is acting the way they are, whether they are venting unnecessary frustration or not engaging at all, it can be distressing and worrying for everyone.
Imagine how difficult it is for the person with the disease? In the early stages sufferers of dementia are often frightened, and frustrated with the fact that they are unable to complete familiar daily tasks, and this anger is frequently channelled towards the people who are closest to them.
That is why the Home Instead team are providing free family workshops in Sheffield, as an ongoing initiative to educate and support people 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 challenging behaviours, and encouraging engagement.
The content of the workshops have city and guilds accreditation, and have been adapted from our own CAREGiver training. These workshops represent Home Instead’s ongoing commitment to the Sheffield Dementia Action Alliance.
If you would like to attend any of the workshops or seek further information simply call us on
0114 246 9666 or email [email protected] We would urge anyone who wants to attend a workshop, to call us as soon as possible as we have limited spaces available.