A care home in Weymouth has launched a free guide to support people whose loved ones have been diagnosed with dementia.
A survey of 2,000 adults by Care UK, which operates Anning House on Cross Road, found that more than a third of UK adults (35%) have many questions about dementia – but don’t know how to get the answers.
The guide, titled “Let’s Talk Dementia,” follows an easy-to-read question-and-answer format.
Drawing on over 40 years of experience in providing care for people with dementia, it has been designed by the experts at Care UK, including Nursing, Care and Dementia Manager, Suzanne Mumford, as well as home managers and team members in over 150 care homes.
Aimed at those caring for a loved one with dementia, the guide is filled with answers to questions that care home teams across the country have been asked by loved ones or community members – from l from identifying signs of illness to interacting with someone with dementia, to day-to-day questions about changes in diet and sleep patterns.
It also addresses topics rarely covered in other guides, including behavioral changes such as swearing and losing inhibitions, making it a unique toolkit for families and friends of people with dementia, whether they live at home or in a care home.
Michelle Harwood, Managing Director of Anning House, said: “Our survey has shown that dementia remains a misunderstood disease, and so we want to help educate our community – which is why we are delighted to launch our new guide, ‘Let’s talk about dementia’, to mark 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 are 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 also to help educate others so that we can create a stronger community together. conducive to dementia.”
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.
“I firmly believe that educating the nation about the signs of dementia and what it is like to live with the disease is essential, which is why I am delighted to be working with Care UK to launch their new guide,” Let’s talk about dementia.”
“I’d like to encourage everyone to download a copy, so we can build a more dementia-friendly community together.”
To collect your free copy of the guide, contact Esther Sheppard, Home Admissions Counselor at Anning House, on [email protected] or call 01305 896744.
You can also download a digital copy from careuk.com/letstalkdementia