Businesses, relatives and members of the public have praised Wytham House for sharing knowledge of dementia with the community through two special events held at the care home recently.
Wytham House, a newly-built home, which sits within the Oaken Holt estate in Oxford, offers specialist residential and nursing dementia care. Together with Oaken Holt main house and the Coach House, Wytham House is surrounded by gardens and parkland extending to 23 acres in the heart of rural Oxfordshire.
Two dementia awareness events took place at the home, one aimed at family members of those living with dementia and the other at local businesses and organisations.
One attendee said: “This was a fascinating and informative insight into the world of dementia and an experience of what it feels like to have sensory and cognitive impairment caused by the condition.”
Another added;”This helped me understand my dad’s behaviour and see it in a whole different light. The interactive session had a huge impact for me on how my dad sees his surroundings and experiences everyday life.”
The event aimed to give participants an in-depth understanding about, and empathy for, the psychological needs of a person with dementia and is based on Caring Homes’ in-house dementia training programme; Living in My World, which has won a prestigious Princess Royal Training Award. There were hints and tips to improve communication and a practical session to understand some of the day-to-day frustrations that affect a person living with dementia.
Care Home Manager Koren Evans-Slade said: “We were delighted at the interest shown in finding out about dementia by the community around Wytham House. Events like these enable people to learn about dementia and help them to challenge the way people think, act and talk about the condition.
“We want to actively promote a dementia friendly community through sharing our knowledge and expertise.”