Dementia workshops in Sheffield hailed as invaluable to the local community 

Care Co-ordinator Faye with some Alzheimer’s training material
Care Co-ordinator Faye with some Alzheimer’s training material

Home Instead Senior Care, who provide at-home care for older people, have just completed a number of free Alzheimer’s and other dementias workshops for family members inSheffield. The free workshops which took place during National Dementia Awareness Week (19-25 May), were also attended by local people who may interact with someone with dementia and were extremely well received.

The ground breaking family workshops were adapted from the company’s City & Guilds accredited dementia training programme, specifically developed for Home Instead’s caregivers. They helped both family carers and community members to identify the typical signs of dementia and gain a better understanding of the condition, as well as arming them with effective techniques for managing the many different and sometimes challenging behaviours associated with the condition.

A number of people from acrossSheffieldattended the workshops and key attendees included volunteers from the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS), South Yorkshire Fire Service, Mencap and South Yorkshire Housing Association (SYHA). The response from attendees was extremely positive, with key comments including, “Excellent way of raising awareness.”, “The most valuable part of the workshop was being able to share my experience of caring for my mum and her journey of dementia.” and “I feel so much better after a tearful start. I can now go home in a different frame of mind to deal with mum.”

 Owner of Home Instead Byrn Evans added, “I was delighted with the number of people who attended our dementia workshops and with the feedback we received. My hope is that those who undertook the training will now be able to share their knowledge with others, causing a domino effect across the community and helping us to makeSheffielda dementia friendly town".

As a result of the resounding success of the training, the company are looking to run further workshops in the upcoming months. For further information please call: 0114 250 7709 or visit www.homeinstead.co.uk/sheffieldsouth 

A group of Home Instead CAREGivers talking
Family welcoming a Home Instead care manager into their home