I first experienced the impact of dementia, when my Nanna was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. I was about 13 at the time and I didn’t really know how to make things easier for her, but I knew I wanted to. It was upsetting to see the impact on my Grandad, and I know more so now, how difficult life must have been for both of them, to live with Dementia. I am certain that this experience ignited my passion to care, and to make a difference to people.

By the time she passed away, I had started to work in care, and 20 years on I continue to do so.

I am now using my experience to reach out to people and improve the lives of those living with dementia.

We have recently trained all staff to an advanced level in dementia. This has included practical and interactive training, where each of us experienced the physical reality of what happens to the body and senses when living with dementia, and the impact that staff can have on how they feel.

Following the practical training, there has been extensive knowledge training provided by the Alzheimer’s Society. Staff at all levels throughout the business have completed between 3 and 6 courses, depending on their role.

The training above and beyond minimum requirements, guarantees that whatever stage of this disease somebody may be experiencing, all of our Carers will have the skills to support them as well as an understanding of how they may feel.

Staff are now equipped to observe signs and symptoms that may need to be explored, to enable early diagnosis and appropriate treatment. We know that this is important in slowing progression, and can help people to plan ahead, and make advance decisions about their care and treatment.

We know that keeping someone in their own home, for as long as possible, is an effective way to promote their independence, and empower them to make choices about how they live. Completing the advanced training, has provided us with the skills to encourage this, by creating safe environments with appropriate support in place.

We also know the important role that family carers play in keeping people in their own home, and the part that we play in removing some of the pressure that can be associated with this. Every family is different, so the first step is always an informal chat to get to know them, and how they are being affected by dementia. This way, we can work together to find a solution that is going to be effective. Sometimes this is a care package, or it could be support for the family carer that allows them to carry on in their vital role.


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