Residents of the home were joined by relatives, volunteers and those who care for a loved one with dementia as the home hosted an informative ‘Dementia Awareness’ evening. Jayne Ward from Dementia Friends gave a talk on becoming a Dementia Friend in the Community, before East Hill House Deputy Manager Rebecca Connolly took part in a question and answer session.
East Hill House Manager, Sam Booty, was delighted with the turn out, saying:
‘We are so pleased that the local community supported our Dementia Awareness evening. It is always good to be able to educate people on dementia and break down some of the perceived barriers.
We want the positive impact we have on the lives of those people living with dementia to go beyond the walls of the care home. The more everybody can know and understand about dementia, the better.’
A group from the home followed this a few days later by taking part in a Dementia Awareness walk in Farnham Park. Some of the East Hill House residents, staff and their children got together and took on the 4 kilometre walk in aid of Dementia. With participants ranging from 2 years old to 96, there was something for everyone to enjoy in the beautiful surroundings of the park. Everyone managed to complete the course in 1 hour 15 minutes and so far, the group has raised £135.
Situated in the village of Liss, East Hill House provides high quality residential and specialist dementia care for up to 35 elderly people in a unique setting. The home is run by the family-owned Caring Homes Group, which was founded in 1994 by mother and son team, Helena and Paul Jeffery.