The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) home, Goodson Lodge in Trowbridge, is aware of just how many families suffer with not only coming to terms with the news their loved one is living with dementia, but understanding how they can help.

To coincide with Dementia Awareness Week, Goodson Lodge is hosting a dementia awareness event on Monday 21 May to help the community understand what dementia is, including busting common myths.

Dementia affects the brain in different ways, and is caused by a number of diseases, which eventually affects daily life.

OSJCT’s Admiral Nurse, Nicola Rowe, will explain the role of the Admiral Nurse, who is a dementia specialist nurse with experience and training to give families and carers within the homes the extra help that they need, as well as discuss the importance of dementia awareness in the community and the impacts that a dementia friendly community could have on individuals with dementia.

“Ensuring that members of the community are informed and educated about dementia is so important to people who live with dementia and their loved ones. Dementia not only effects the person with the diagnosis, but the whole family too,” Nicola said. “Community involvement means there is more understanding and support to ensure wellbeing for the whole family. OSJCT homes offer Admiral Nurse support to any family member who has loved one living within the home.”

There will also be an introduction on Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends, led by OSJCT’s Head of Volunteering, Kit Lendon, 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.

There will be two sessions; one at 1pm and the other at 4pm, and the community is encouraged to come along, learn more about dementia and feel inspired to help others living with dementia.