Carers host open afternoon

Lyne Groom, daughter of a Home Instead client, who won a hamper from the raffle
Lyne Groom, daughter of a Home Instead client, who won a hamper from the raffle

A company which provides care to older people in their homes in East Northants, hosted a successful ‘open afternoon’ during Dementia Awareness Week.

The open event was held at the Home Instead Senior Care office in Higham Ferrers and aimed to support families who care for their loved ones living with dementia.

More than 25 families came to the event which provided an opportunity to share stories, both funny and sad, and to indulge in some home-baked goods in order to raise money for Dementia UK.

Lyne Groom, the daughter of a Home Instead client attended the get together said :“I found the event invaluable and very useful to talk to other family members in the same situation.”

A raffle was also held at the event and some of the prizes to be won were a bottle of Port, vouchers for local businesses, luxury chocolates, a hamper filled with goodies, and other gifts.

Owner of Home Instead, Mark Darnell said, “It was fantastic to see so many families and clients at our open day during Dementia Awareness Week.

“It is very important to share stories and ideas with people who are going through similar experiences.

“It is also great to be able to laugh and enjoy spending time in good company, over a good cup of tea and some cake.

“On a more serious note, cases of dementia are increasing at an alarming rate, which means that more and more people will be affected by the disease at some point in their lives.

“Helping to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia is very important and it was great to see people at the event providing others with support and encouragement to positively embrace the journey they face, rather than being afraid of it.”

Home Instead offer services ranging from companionship, light housekeeping, meal preparation, personal care and specialist dementia support.

To find out more about Home Instead, call 01933 358708.