Quorn care home launches family guide to creating a ‘dementia-friendly’ community

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A retirement home in Quorn has launched a guide to creating a ‘dementia friendly’ community as part of Dementia Action Week.

A survey of 2,000 adults by Care UK, which operates Lonsdale Mews on Farley Way, found more than a third of UK adults (35%) have many questions about dementia but don’t know how to get the answers .

The guide is called ‘Let’s talk about dementia’ and follows an easy-to-read question and answer format, drawing on more than 40 years of experience in caring for people with dementia.

Toby Sturgess, Home Manager at Lonsdale Mews, said: “Our investigation has shown that dementia remains a poorly understood disease.

“We want to help educate our community, and we’re excited to launch our new guide to coincide with Dementia Action Week.

“Many families can feel helpless when their loved one is diagnosed with dementia, and it can be a very uncertain time for those affected – but we’re here to help.

“Our guide was designed to reassure those caring for a loved one by providing answers to many questions they might have, but to help educate others so that we can create a more supportive community together. to insanity.”

The nursing home encouraged residents to download a copy of the guide or contact them if they have questions.

The guide was put together by the experts at Care UK, including Head of Nursing, Care and Dementia, Suzanne Mumford, home managers and team members from over 150 care homes.

The guide is for people caring for a loved one with dementia.

It offers answers to questions care home teams across the UK receive from loved ones or community members.

This includes identifying signs of illness and interacting with a person with dementia to answer questions about changes in diet and sleep patterns.

It also addresses topics rarely discussed, including behavioral changes such as swearing and loss of inhibitions, making it a unique toolkit for families and friends of people with dementia, whether they live in home or in a nursing home.

Lonsdale Mews also held a bake sale for ‘Time for a Cuppa’ as part of their Dementia Action Week activities and raised £181 for Dementia UK and Admiral Nurses in Leicestershire.

Care UK has also teamed up with Alzheimer’s Society Ambassador, award-winning journalist and TV presenter Angela Rippon.

She said: “I know firsthand how families feel when a loved one is diagnosed with dementia.

“It’s often a confusing time, and it’s easy to feel helpless and alone. There are many common misconceptions about dementia, and getting a diagnosis doesn’t necessarily mean the end is in sight.

“This is simply the start of a different journey. I firmly believe that educating the nation about the signs of dementia and what it is like to live with the disease is essential. I am delighted to work with Care UK.”

To collect your free copy of the guide, contact Jenny Cartwright by email here or call 01509 801 587.

To download a copy, visit the website here.

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