Dementia Friends at Abbeyfield
At Abbeyfield we welcome older people with dementia and Alzheimer’s to live with us in our dementia friendly care homes offering care, support and understanding.
In 2014, the Alzheimer’s Society launched the biggest ever social action movement to change perceptions of dementia, Dementia Friends. A Dementia Friend is someone that learns about dementia so they can help their community. Dementia Friends help raise awareness and instil understanding so that people living with dementia can continue in the way they want.
How does Abbeyfield get involved with Dementia Friends?
At Abbeyfield, we want all of our residents living with dementia to live the way they want which is why we offer Dementia Friends information sessions to all of our staff, volunteers and residents to help alleviate some of the stigmas attached to dementia and give a better understanding of how we can all help those living with the disease.
Throughout the country we have Dementia Friends Champions who facilitate sessions to our staff and volunteers, encouraging them to make a positive difference to people living with dementia in our houses and homes.
During these sessions participants learn a bit more about what it’s like to live with dementia and then turn that learning into action by helping those around them. There are five key messages to take away from these sessions:
- Dementia is not a normal part of ageing.
- Dementia is caused by disease of the brain.
- It’s not just about losing your memory.
- It’s possible to live well with dementia.
- There’s more to the person than the dementia.
Dementia Friends is about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help, from telling friends about the course to visiting someone you know living with dementia - every action counts.
Remember, anyone can be a Dementia Friend, so why not become one yourself.
Written by Aaron Ingham, Dementia Projects Officer at Abbeyfield
“I joined The Abbeyfield Society in September 2015 after working in a domiciliary setting where I experienced dementia and care for the first time. One particular encounter with a gentleman living with dementia has always stayed with me and subsequently steered me into wanting to learn as much as I could about the condition and how a truly person-centred approach to care could be adopted when caring for someone with the disease. "My official job title is ‘Dementia Projects Officer’ which means I project manage a number of small and large projects relating to dementia that will enhance the lives of our residents living with dementia. I am one of a handful of trainers that are qualified in delivering the Virtual Dementia Tour within the organisation and I am also a Dementia Friends Champion."
How Abbeyfield utilises The Virtual Dementia Tour
The Virtual Dementia Tour (VDT) is medically and scientifically proven to be the closest we can give a person with a healthy brain to experience what dementia might be like.
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