Care Home Residents Set For Dementia Awareness Drive

Homes host week of activities as part of national campaign

Hill Care homes across the North East will be encouraging residents to take part in a variety of activities as part of National Dementia Week.

Supported by the Alzheimer’s Society, the week which runs from 18 to 24 May 2014, aims to increase awareness of the condition with people all over the UK and Ireland hosting both awareness and fundraising events.

Hill Care specialise in dementia care and its homes in the regions are getting involved with the week of action and aiming to raise as much awareness of the condition as possible.

The Beeches in Stockton-on-Tees and The Gables in Middleborough will both be opening their doors to the family and friends of residents and members of the local community to come and view the homes. They will also offer a free support and advice session to answer any questions visitors may have about dementia care and a BBQ for all attendees in the homes’ impressive garden areas.

Ingleby care home, in Ingleby Barwick, Stockton-on-Tees, will also be inviting members of the public to come along and see the facility and enjoy a garden party with the residents.

Reminiscence is the theme for Mandale House in Thornaby as a trip to the resort of Redcar has been organised for the residents so they can recollect the joys of the seaside by enjoying some fish and chips and a walk along the sea front.

Residents at Queen Meadow in Hartlepool are also off on a trip, with a visit to the Hartlepool Marina – a landmark loved by many of the residents. The home is also hosting a gardening and coffee morning with lots of games and activities throughout the day.

North East Regional Manager Sharon Di Maio said: “There are 670,000 people in the UK with dementia, many of these will be undiagnosed and living with the condition without support.

“Dementia is often misunderstood and rarely discussed openly and that is why staff and residents at our North East home have been working extremely hard to host exciting activities and raise awareness during National Dementia Week.”