Stirlings Care Home gets involved with Dementia Action Week by running free Dementia Awareness Workshops.

Dementia Action Week kicks off on 21 May to 27 May, and encourages the community to take actions, big and small, to improve the lives of people affected by dementia. The workshops will be hosted by OSJCT’s Admiral Nurse, Jane Moss.

“The presentation covers ‘what is dementia’, including symptoms and progression, understanding of the two most common forms of dementia, Alzheimer’s and Vascular dementia, and understanding behavioural changes,” Jane said. “Information leaflets will be available covering topics such as how to get a diagnosis, sources of support for families, power of attorneys, continence, music therapy and tips on how to communicate with someone living with dementia.”

Due to popular demand, Stirlings will be holding two workshops: 2pm – 4pm and 7pm – 9pm.

“Supporting families to understand more about dementia and its impact on behaviours can really strengthen the quality of the relationship with loved ones. This will help to keep families connected,” Jane said.

The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) specialises in dementia care. In fact, the Trust has six Admiral Nurses who not only care for residents living with dementia, but help provide support for their loved ones and carers too.

“As an organisation, we celebrate Dementia Action Week as it is so important to ty to break down barriers and stigma associated with both dementia and care homes. Families and people from local communities are invited to join our homes for dementia awareness and life story events,” OSJCT’s Admiral Nurse, Angie Williams, said.

OSJCT’s Head of Volunteering, Kit Lendon is encouraging the community to sign up to Dementia Friends, which is a programme designed to encourage others to learn a little bit about dementia, and transform the way the nation thinks, acts and talks about the condition.

“Dementia Friends is a fantastic initiative which we offer all our volunteers so they understand what it’s like to live with dementia. Spreading the word is vital to creating dementia friendly communities so I’m hoping the local community to Goodson Lodge will be keen to come along and find out more,” Kit said.

To book a space onto one of the workshops, attendees must confirm by contacting the Home Manager Lisa Duffy – L.Duffy@osjct.co.uk or telephone 01235 762444.