Local at home care company, Home Instead Senior Care, which services clients in Wendover and the Chilterns, are holding a free dementia workshop for family members and carers looking after people living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia.
The workshop will be taking place on Monday 15 May between 10am and 4pm at Wendover Library as part of a series of events taking place between 15-21 May to mark the launch of the Dementia Friendly Wendover initiative and coinciding with national Dementia Awareness Week.
This ground breaking family workshop is adapted from the company’s City & Guilds accredited dementia training programme, specifically developed for Home Instead’s caregivers.
Explaining the rationale behind the training programmes, Owner of Home Instead Jeremy Lane, said, “People prefer to remain at home and this is particularly relevant for those living with dementia who benefit from familiar surroundings and routines. However, when family members must take on the role of being the main carer they can often become overwhelmed, physically and mentally with the uncertainties and pressures of caring for a loved one.
The Home Instead workshops are always well received as they teach people to identify the typical signs of dementia and gain a better understanding of the condition. They also arm family carers and others in the community with effective techniques for managing the much different and sometimes challenging behaviour associated with dementia including refusal, delusions, aggression, false accusations, wandering and agitation.
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. These upcoming workshops will give individuals the knowledge to positively embrace the journey they face, rather than being afraid of it and allow them to share their knowledge and experiences with others.”
Places for this workshop will be limited. For more information or to book a place on this free workshop, please call Jacqui Sheppard on 01494 860041.