The team and residents at several Sanctuary Care homes took part in events and activities in support of Dementia Awareness Week.
Dementia Awareness Week is the Alzheimer’s Society’s annual flagship awareness-raising campaign. This year’s theme was ‘don’t bottle it up’, with the aim of encouraging individuals and communities to talk more about the condition and for people to approach the charity with any concerns they may have.
Lyons Court Residential Care Home in Chelmsford held a dementia awareness morning, where they hosted a seminar on living with dementia and caring for people who have the condition.
At Beechwood Residential Care Home in Upton-upon-Severn, the home was filled with the sound of music when residents marked the occasion by singing 100 songs in a day – along with the help of 4 local musicians.
Park View Residential Care Home in Sheffield welcomed the local community in for a fundraising coffee morning, while Wantage Nursing Home in Oxfordshire residents and the team welcomed the local community for a summer fete, complete with a pets’ corner and bouncy castle, to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society.
Samantha Bell, home manager at Wantage, said: “We really wanted to show our support for Dementia Awareness Week and raise some money. This is a cause very close to our heart at Wantage, as many of our residents live with dementia.
“Our residents are very sociable, so we thought what better way to raise awareness of a very important charity than to invite the local community to join us for a day of fun for all the family.”