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Issue:- 12 September 2013

Dementia workshops in Netherley hailed as invaluable to the local community

Gary Wells with Lynne Frame

HOME Instead Senior Care in Wavertree, who provide at-home care for older people, have just completed a free Alzheimer's and other dementias workshop for family members in Netherley. Also attended by local members of the community who may interact with someone with dementia, it was extremely well received. The ground breaking family workshop, which was held at Netherley Youth and Community Initiative at St Gregory's Church in Netherley, was adapted from the company's City & Guilds accredited dementia training programme, specifically developed for Home Instead's caregivers.  The aim of the workshops is to help both family carers and community members to identify the typical signs of dementia and gain a better understanding of the condition, as well as arming them with effective techniques for managing the many different and sometimes challenging behaviours associated with the condition.  People from across South Liverpool were in attendance, as well as representatives from local organisations; Age UK, Liverpool Community Health and Forget Me Not Dementia Forum, a new support group for carers who look after people with dementia, which takes place at Netherley Youth and Community Initiative on the last Thursday of every month.

Creator of Forget Me Not Dementia Forum, Lynne Frame, said:- "It can be very distressing living with or caring for someone with dementia who is struggling to cope with everyday tasks but these types of free workshops are an extremely important support tool. The workshop I attended offered comprehensive advice on how to identify Alzheimer's and other dementias and I found that those who attended really related to some of the symptoms that were identified. However, the biggest challenge is not simply recognising the condition but knowing how to manage the behaviour associated with it. Home Instead's next workshop will provide tried and tested techniques to help family members, carers and members of our community interact with individuals with dementia, which is extremely important."

Community Service Representative of Home Instead South Liverpool, Gary Wells added:- "I was delighted with the feedback we received, it highlighted that there is a real need for more help and support for people in our community who are sometimes dealing with very challenging situations. As a result we have further workshops planned this month and it is my hope is that those who undertake the training will share their knowledge with others, causing a domino effect across the community to make Liverpool, especially in Liverpool's Year of Dementia, a dementia friendly city."

For further information on Home Instead's Alzheimer's workshops or to register your free place, please contact Gary on:- 0151 559 2555 or visit:-

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