Edwardstow Court in Stow-on-the-Wold held a dementia support day which offered informative talks.

The dementia support day was a great opportunity for local families to find out more about dementia and the support available to them. We had informative talks and support tables set up with information and guidance on the support available locally.

There was a talk from Rachel our Admiral Nurse, who talked around the different types of dementia and how this can affect people. Admiral Nurses are specialist dementia nurses who give expert practical, clinical and emotional support to carers of those living with dementia. The Orders of St John Care Trust employ two admiral nurses within Gloucestershire, to support our care team and advise them on how best to look after our residents with dementia. At the end of Rachel’s talk there was an opportunity for guests to ask questions or to speak with Rachel on a one on one basis.

The next talk came from Owain from Care Funding Guidance (CFG), CFG are a none profit organisation that offer practical guidance around paying for care and the support you may be entitled to. Owain’s talk was around helping families make well informed care funding decisions. The session was interactive, and people were able to ask questions throughout the talk in addition to the question and answer session at the end. Owain said “I can’t overestimate how valuable families find it to chat through their care funding options with an individual who has trodden the same path hundreds of times before”. To find out more, visit their website - http://www.carefc.co.uk/

After the talks there was an opportunity for local families to meet each other and share experiences over a cup of tea and a slice of delicious homemade cake. The main attraction on the day was Nettle, a local PAT dog (Pets As Therapy), Nettle had the perfection temperament and loved the fuss too.

Edwardstow Court run weekly coffee mornings, lunch club once a month and a cream tea club, also once a month. Pop along to one of these to see the facilities at Edwardstow and to meet other local families.

For further information call Edwardstow Court – 01451 799100.