Dementia is a complex illness which not only affects the person living with it, but those who love and care for the person as well. Understanding exactly what dementia is and how to support someone living with dementia can be confusing and overwhelming.

That’s why Coombe End Court is getting involved in Dementia Action Week. The home will be hosting an open doors week, with various workshops, singing, gardening and activities. Refreshments will be provided throughout.   

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 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 Alzheimer’s Society’s 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.

“Alzheimer’s Society’s 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 get involved in Dementia Action Week, please contact your local OSJCT care home to find out more.