Care Home Gets Help Direct

Carol Nickeas-1A Lancashire care home has brought in further helpings of advice to families, friends and interested parties on the issues surrounding dementia.

The initiative at the Birch Green Care Home in Skelmersdale aims to ease the burden experienced by families and friends whose loved ones have the disease, all centred in the Dementia Bistro.

Now it has also received support from the Help Direct organisation which adds community-based wellbeing services.

Birch Green general manager Carol Nickeas said: “The Help Direct team came to the Bistro to see it for themselves and to signpost information and providing advice at a difficult time for the families of those with dementia.

“The bistro environment is also ideal as it’s more relaxed and everyone can benefit from the extra discussion and information sessions. It is becoming a real hub where everyone can meet and talk about a difficult subject and the issues around it.”

Joe Sherville, a Birch Green Dementia Friend, also attended the event with Help Direct at the bistro to share information and provide guidance.

There are currently 800,000 people with dementia in the UK, expected to rise to more than a million by the year 2021.

The term dementia describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease or a series of strokes.