A Catterick Garrison Nursing home has committed to raising awareness and understanding of Dementia to help improve the lives of people living with the condition in the local community – and is encouraging other local organisations to do the same.
Rosedale Nursing Home, which provides residential and nursing care for up to 65 people including those living with dementia, has been hosting a series of information sessions as part of a national initiative ran by the Alzheimer’s Society.
Dementia Champions Ruth Sunter, Rosedale Home Manager, and Julie Dempsey, Activities Coordinator, host the 45-minute long ‘Dementia Friends’ sessions at the home which aim to create a better understanding of the condition and what it is like to live with it, and increase awareness within the community.
The nursing home has committed to regularly running the information sessions and aims to have all staff members become Dementia Friends. The sessions are also open for families and residents to attend to help them better understand the condition.
Dementia Friends was launched to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding that means many people with the condition experience loneliness and social exclusion. Dementia Friends help increase awareness of the condition by sharing knowledge and showing others how they can help those affected.
Currently there are more than one million Dementia Friends in the UK and as part of Alzheimer’s Society’s long-term commitment to help more communities and businesses become dementia-friendly, a new target of creating four million Dementia Friends by 2020 has been set so that people affected by dementia feel understood and included.
Ruth Sunter, Home Manager at Rosedale who also delivers the Dementia Friends sessions, Said: “Many of our residents are affected by dementia so raising awareness of the condition and the importance of creating dementia-friendly communities is a cause very close to our hearts.
“We would encourage anyone to become a Dementia Friend. There are many people living with dementia in our community and if those around them, the people and organisations in their communities, understood the condition and how they can effectively communicate with and support those affected a bit better then it would help them to live well with Dementia.”
For more information about joining Dementia Friends, visit www.dementiafriends.org.uk