Home Meadow Residential Home in Toft, part of the Healthcare Homes Group, has today announced that the Alzheimer’s Society will be speaking at its next ‘Dementia Awareness Community Support Group’ meeting, in order to provide advice and guidance to dementia carers from across the county.
The group, which will meet at Home Meadow (Comberton Road, Toft) on Wednesday 30 September at 2:00pm, is designed to provide support to those in rural Cambridgeshire who are carers for a family member or friend with Dementia. The Cambridgeshire Regional Co-ordinator for the Alzheimer’s Society, Wendy Dunn, will be attending to provide a talk on caring for Dementia and to explain what help is available.
Joe Ballard, Activities Co-ordinator at Home Meadow and originator of the Dementia Awareness group said: “Often, those caring for Dementia are unsure of where to turn to for help and so we set up the community support group here at Home Meadow so they don’t feel alone or isolated. We are a friendly group who are here to offer support: we meet every month to discuss issues, as well as share experiences. It is great to have Wendy Dunn from the Alzheimer’s Society come along and provide a talk to the group; we therefore encourage as many carers from the area to come along and join in over a cup of tea or coffee.”
The Dementia Awareness Community Support Group was launched in the summer to bring together Dementia-focused experts, including those from social services, local doctor surgeries and charities, and provide somewhere for carer’s to access advice regarding the long-term care needs for their loved one.
Confirms Wendy Dunn, Cambridgeshire Regional Co-ordinator for the Alzheimer’s Society: “I very much look forward to speaking at the Dementia Awareness Support Group meeting and to talking to carers of people with Dementia who live across our county. Today there are 850,000 people with Dementia in the UK, and this number is set to rise to over one million by 2025. It’s therefore important that those caring for a loved one know where to turn for help. Support groups, such as this one organised by Home Meadow, are an ideal forum for anyone looking for friendly and supportive local advice.”
The team at Home Meadow Residential Home is also extending an invitation to specialist groups, organisations and charities who would like to get involved with the monthly group.