Workshops to help carers of those looking after loved ones with dementia

Mark Darnell and Training Co-ordinator Lynne Delbridge get prepared
Mark Darnell and Training Co-ordinator Lynne Delbridge get prepared

Free workshops to help people caring for a loved one with dementia is set to take place during National Dementia Awareness Week.

Workshops will be taking place at Home Instead Senior Care, Unit 6 Moulton College, Chelveston Road, Higham Ferrers, on Monday, May 20, from 2pm to 4.30pm and Tuesday, May 21, from 9.30am to 12pm and from 5.30pm to 8pm.

East Northamptonshire is one the first places in the UK where these family workshops are being introduced by Home Instead Senior Care.

Mark Darnell, from Home Instead, said: “People prefer to remain at home and this is particularly relevant for dementia sufferers who benefit from familiar surroundings and routines. However, when family members must take on the role of being the main carer they can often become overwhelmed, physically and mentally with the uncertainties and pressures of caring for a loved one.

“The Home Instead family workshops will teach people to identify the typical signs of dementia and gain a better understanding of the condition. It will also arm family carers and others in the community with effective techniques for managing the many different and sometimes challenging behaviours associated with dementia including refusal, delusions, aggression, false accusations, wandering and agitation.

“The workshops will not just be limited to family members however, they will be available to local people living and working in the community, in fact, they will be accessible to anyone who may interact with someone with dementia. Our aim is to reach out to everyone in the local community.”

The East Northamptonshire office of Home Instead Senior Care is part of a national network of over 135 independently owned and operated offices. The company is pledging to train 2,500 people during National Dementia Awareness Week. For further information on the Alzheimer’s free family workshops or to register your place, call 01933 358708 or visit www.homeinstead.co.uk/eastnorthants