Groundbreaking workshops on dementia for residents

Redditch Advertiser: Home Instead’s Tracey Westwood and Annie Dixon-Dunn are hoping that the workshops will help the local community to better understand dementia. Home Instead’s Tracey Westwood and Annie Dixon-Dunn are hoping that the workshops will help the local community to better understand dementia.

AT-HOME care company, Home Instead Senior Care, is organising free training workshops for families whose loved ones are affected by Alzheimer’s.

With the help of local charity, Carers Careline, the workshops will be run at Emmanuel Church’s Ecumenical Centre in Redditch on February 4 from from 10am to noon and then again from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

The groundbreaking workshops were adapted from a City and Guilds accredited dementia training programme, specifically developed for Home Instead’s caregivers.

Explaining the rationale behind the training programme, Annie Dixon-Dunn from Home Instead said: “People prefer to remain at home and this is particularly relevant for dementia sufferers who benefit from familiar surroundings and routines.

"However, when family members must take on the role of being the main carer they can often become overwhelmed, physically and mentally with the uncertainties and pressures of caring for a loved one.

“The workshops will teach people to identify the typical signs of dementia and gain a better understanding of the condition.

"It will also arm family carers and others in the community with effective techniques for managing the many different and sometimes challenging behaviours associated with dementia including refusal, delusions, aggression, false accusations, wandering and agitation."

The workshop will give individuals the knowledge to positively embrace the journey they face, rather than being afraid of it and allow them to share their knowledge and experiences with others.

Ms Dixon-Dunn added: "The workshops are not just limited to family members however, they will be available to local people living and working in the community, in fact, they will be accessible to anyone who may interact with someone with dementia.

"Our aim is to reach out to everyone in the local community

For further information or to register a place, call 01527 810855 or visit homeinstead.co.uk/redditchandbromsgrove.

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