Alzheimer's Society Ludlow Street Collection

Rachael was out and about throughout Dementia Awareness Week (19-25 May), drumming out the Alzheimer's Society campaign, 'Worry changes nothing, Talking changes everything'  and for the tweeters amongst us #talkdementia. She was also promoting the fantastic Home Instead City and Guilds accredited Dementia Training programme that we will be able to deliver to our CareGivers in Shropshire after Heather is trained at National Office next month which will also mean that we will be able to go out to our communities to deliver the Home Instead Family Alzheimer's training workshops.

To reinforce the message Rachael will also be attending a course at the end of this month to become a Dementia Friends Champion as part of the government backed initiative to have 1,000,000 trained dementia friends by 2015.

Dementia friends can learn more about what it is like to live with dementia and turn their understanding into action by giving people with dementia a helping hand to go about their daily lives and feel included within their communities.

After visiting a fellow Rotarian in a residential home last week, Rachael was really disappointed with the lack of support available for residents living with dementia and this has only driven her passion further to get the message out there, that there are better ways to support these people by providing them with dignified, continuous, stimulating care that they need and deserve.

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