Being part of the bigger picture
By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON
Since moving house a couple of years’ ago, I have become involved in my local ‘Dementia Friendly Community’, attending meetings, fundraising events and launching the group’s website.
What has struck me is how closely involved our local care homes are with our group, and this is all to the good.
There is quite a bit going on in our dementia community with an ongoing campaign to raise awareness of dementia of shop staff, council officers etc. We have several support groups, including a day centre (run by one of our care homes), a Dementia Café which meets at the community hall, a carers’ group which meets at the library and a ‘Melodies for Memories’ group which meets at a local church hall.
We have staff members from two care homes on our committee and their input and expertise are a big help.
With the social isolation that results from a commuting workforce, social media and dispersed families, local groups play an increasingly important role in supporting people with dementia, their families and carers.
All businesses benefit from being involved with the wider community. As repositories of knowledge and skill, care homes can be an important part of the dementia community, and they’re missing a trick if they’re not.
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