Volunteers from across Worcestershire have gained a better understanding of dementia, with the help of a Sanctuary Care home in St John’s.
The team at Juniper House Residential Care Home in Oak View Way hosted a free Dementia Friends session this week, to provide a powerful insight into what life is really like living and caring for a loved one with dementia.
Quashing the stigma around dementia
Becoming Dementia Friends – an initiative from the Alzheimer’s Society, the volunteers can now appreciate the small things they can do, within their community or in their future jobs that can make a huge difference to the lives of people living with dementia.
The Sanctuary Care home’s Customer Relations Manager Virginia Peachey, who is a Dementia Champion and led the session, said: “So many people live with dementia and for some reason there is sometimes a real stigma around the subject - and Sanctuary Care wants to quash this.
“Dementia should be talked about and understanding should be shared and I’m proud we are doing this.”
Volunteer Maggie Ridlington continued: “I didn’t realise that there were so many things that I didn’t know about dementia before attending the session”.
Future Dementia Friends sessions
Future Dementia Friends sessions will be taking place at Sanctuary Care’s Ravenhurst Residential Care Home in Lickhill Road North, Stourport-on-Severn on Wednesday 22 March at 6.30pm.