Today (21 September 2019) marks World Alzheimer’s Day, an international campaign that is part of World Alzheimer’s Month. The impact of World Alzheimer’s Month is growing, but the stigmatisation and misinformation surrounding dementia remains a problem requiring action.
At Right at Home UK, we are united in our mission to increasing the level of awareness around dementia. This includes supporting the Clients, families and communities we serve. Although Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are progressive, with the right support in place, people diagnosed with the condition can and do live well.
If you’re unsure about the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia or you’d like to know more about Alzheimer’s disease, visit our dedicated page here.
What is Right at Home doing to increase understanding and awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia?
We know that consistent company, stable routines and a familiar home environment are key to reducing distress, and so all of our highly-trained CareGivers are introduced to Clients in advance. We also know how important it is for our Clients (and their CareGivers) to not feel rushed, so all of our homecare visits are a minimum of one-hour.
In addition to our specialist in-home dementia services, our network of offices also run a number of dementia friendly events and activities for their local communities. This encourages people to leave their homes, get some fresh air and enjoy company in a safe environment.
Dementia Cafés – These cafés are open for everyone to attend, not just Clients from Right at Home. As well as providing a safe and calm space for those attending, they are a great opportunity for family CareGivers to meet with other CareGivers to share advice and experiences.
Right at Home Medway recently invited two local schools to its dementia café to encourage intergenerational interaction.
Dementia Friends – Dementia Friends is an Alzheimer’s Society initiative which aims to give people a better understanding of what it is like living with dementia. Our offices deliver regular Dementia Friends information sessions. From schools and hospitals to scout groups and local businesses, each office plays their part in educating their community.
Many of our offices also incorporate Dementia Friends training as part of the CareGiver induction process. This, combined with a high standard of training, ensures our CareGivers are fully equipped to support Clients with dementia and help them remain living safely at home.
Right at Home’s National Office team attending a Dementia Friends session delivered by Right at Home South Cheshire Owner, Ben Selby.
Right at Home GF’s Managing Director, Alastair Shanks, has single handedly made more than 1,000 Dementia Friends!
Alastair also runs regular Sunflower cafés and Singing for the Brain sessions for people with dementia. You can read more about the power of music in dementia care here.
Dementia friendly communities – Right at Home Havant’s Managing Director, Duncan Cameron, is working with his local mayor and MPs to ensure his local area is dementia friendly. Here’s more on how Duncan and his team are taking action against dementia.
All of these activities lead to a whole host of benefits for those living with a form of dementia. They provide opportunities for social inclusion; a chance for people to express themselves; and also help alleviate feelings of isolation or depression.
But we still wanted to do more to support our communities…
And so, at the beginning of the year, when we discussed with our network the idea of supporting a national charity partner, the response was that our offices wanted to partner with a charity that linked into the work that we carry out and are all so passionate about. We wanted to do more than raise funds; we also wanted to collaborate in sharing knowledge and best practice.
With more than half of our Clients living with a form of dementia, we selected Alzheimer’s Society and in April 2019, our official charity partnership was launched. As well as pledging to raise £20,000 across our network of offices, we committed to making 1,000 Dementia Friends, both within a 12-month period.
Since we launched our partnership, our network has taken part in Alzheimer’s Society’s flagship fundraising events, Cupcake Day and Memory Walks, which are held in various locations across the UK. Some of our more adventurous colleagues have also held their own fundraising events! Here are just a few examples from our network.
A team from Right at Home’s National Office donned their walking boots and sweat bands to take part in a 50km trek in the very scenic Peak District.
A team from Right at Home Havant completed a 34-mile walk to work.
Right at Home Maidenhead’s Managing Director, Scott MacRae, took on the Tough Mudder challenge.
You can view all of the fundraising activities we have carried out for Alzheimer’s Society to date, here. Watch this space for further updates on our fundraising activities throughout the year and good luck to Tatiana, Steven and Cerys from Right at Home Cardiff and Newport, who have bravely chosen to take part in a charity skydive today!
Looking for more information?
To mark Dementia Action Week earlier this year, we put together an information hub on all things dementia related. You can read our articles here:
Alzheimer’s Society’s website also has a wealth of information.
If you would like to know more about how we can support a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, please contact your local Right at Home office.