A Skelmersdale care home has hosted a session to increase awareness of what it is like to live with dementia.
Local Dementia Friends Champion Joe Sherville delivered a training session at the Birch Green Care Home, which resulted in seven members of staff signing up to the scheme.
Dementia Friends is a national initiative run by the Alzheimer’s Society, which works to change people’s perceptions and help to create a better understanding of the condition within communities.
Dementia Friends help increase awareness of the condition by sharing knowledge and showing others how they can help those affected. There are over one million Dementia Friends across England and Wales.
Carol Nickeas, general manager at Birch Green, said: “Many of our residents are affected by dementia, so increasing awareness is a cause which we are always keen to get behind. It’s so important to create more dementia friendly communities so that people feel fully supported.”
Around 850,000 people in the UK live with dementia, which is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases such as Alzheimer’s or a series of strokes. Symptoms include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, speech and problem solving.
Birch Green Care Home is part of the Springhill Care Group, which also operates Springhill Care Home in Accrington, Riversway Nursing Home in Bristol, along with supported living service Affinity Supporting People, also in Accrington.
For more information about becoming a Dementia Friends Champion, visit www.dementiafriends.org.uk