Cambridgeshire care home invites dementia carers to free Dementia Awareness Support Group


Older-peoples-day1Home Meadow Residential Home in Toft, Cambridgeshire, which is part of the Healthcare Homes Group, has announced that Doctor Vanessa Lockyer from Bourn GP surgery will be speaking at its next ‘Dementia Awareness Community Support Group’ meeting and is inviting people who care for a loved one with dementia to come along to hear the talk and find out more about the support that is available across the county.


The group, which will meet at Home Meadow (Comberton Road, Toft) on Wednesday 24th February at 2:00pm, meets monthly to provide support to those in rural Cambridgeshire who are carers for a family member or friend with dementia.  Dr Lockyer will be sharing her insights into caring for those with dementia and will be giving a talk about what support is available.


Joe Ballard, Activities Coordinator at Home Meadow and originator of the Dementia Awareness group said: “Often, those caring for dementia sufferers are unsure of where to turn to for help and so we set up the community support group here at Home Meadow so that carers and family members 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 Dr Lockyer come along and provide a talk to the group; we therefore encourage as many carers from the area to join us over a cup of tea or coffee.”


The Dementia Awareness Community Support Group was launched last summer to bring together dementia-focused experts, including those from social services, local doctors’ surgeries and charities, and provides somewhere for carers to access advice regarding the long-term care needs for their loved one.


Debbie Christian, Operations Director of the Healthcare Homes Group adds: “Within Healthcare Homes, we specialise in providing both residential and home-based care to people with dementia and so are well placed to launch a Support Group of this nature.  Our team will be on hand to offer guidance to people within the community who may be looking after a relative with dementia and who may be looking for support or even just a friendly group where they can share their experiences and make new connections.”


As well as inviting people from the local community to attend, 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.


For more information regarding the Dementia Awareness Support Group, contact Home Meadow on 01223 263282 0


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