The team at a Sanctuary Care home in Harrow is helping their local community become as dementia friendly as possible.
Rowanweald Residential and Nursing Home in Weald Lane threw open the doors last week to show local people the small things they can do to make a big difference to the lives of people living with dementia.
As part of the Alzheimer’s Society initiative, the residential and nursing home hosted a Dementia Friends session that not only provided visitors with an understanding of dementia but also showed the easy ways to turn understanding into action.
“Dementia should be talked about…”
The Sanctuary Care home’s activities leader Sunita Ramasawmy said: “So many people live with dementia and for some reason there is a real stigma around the subject, so everyone here at Rowanweald wanted to quash this by hosting this event.
“Dementia should be talked about and those living with dementia or caring for someone with dementia should be supported by local people, becoming a Dementia Friend helps to do just that.”
Showing their full support for the drive within the home the team, including care staff, receptionists, administrators and catering assistants, are all proud Dementia Friends and in turn will all be championing the initiative outside the home.
Easy ways to support others
Sunita continued: “The Dementia Friends session was so well received by visitors who attended – it was wonderful to hear how local people were going to take the things they learnt into the community, everyone really wants to help and were surprised how easy it is to do so.”
The Weald Lane home is planning to host several sessions throughout the year so if you wish to attend the next free session call the team on 0208 424 8811.