Dementia Champions at specialist care provider, Hallmark Care Homes will attempt to make 1,000 people Dementia Friends this Dementia Awareness Week which runs from the 15th– 21st May as part of their commitment to raising awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and helping to transform the way the nation thinks about dementia.
Hallmark Care Homes dementia specialists across their 15 locations will attempt to educate 1,000 people about dementia by running various informative Dementia Friends sessions, which are taught in partnership with The Alzheimer’s Society for team members, relatives and members of the local community.
Each fun and interactive Dementia Friends session takes an hour and explores what it’s like to live with dementia. It will also discuss how you can make someone with dementia live a fulfilled life and the small things you can do to make a difference.
Visitors who complete the course will receive a Dementia Friends badge and takeaway material from The Alzheimer’s Society.
Relatives, GP’s, local dignitaries and team members from superstore Sainsbury’s have already signed up for the sessions.
Customer relationship manager and Dementia Friends Champion at Hallmark Care Home, Anya Court in Warwickshire, Karen Handley said: “Our drop in sessions at our Hallmark homes will tell you everything you need to know about dementia. We decided to run these sessions and set ourselves the target of making 1000 people Dementia Friends as we provide excellent standards of dementia care daily to our residents in our homes and important part of this care is raising awareness of the condition.
“One person every three minutes will develop dementia, therefore it’s important that as a care provider we get the word out there and as a community we become more dementia friendly.
“We hope members of the public will support us with our mission and take part in one of our enjoyable sessions, make friends and enjoy a slice of cake in one of our beautiful environments.”
In addition to the homes running Dementia Friends sessions this Dementia Awareness Week, many Hallmark homes are launching dementia support cafés and are fundraising for the Alzheimer’s Society by running car washes, sponsored bikeathon’s and craft sales at the homes.
If you are interested in attending one of the above fundraising activities, finding out more about dementia and helping Hallmark Care Homes reach their commitment of 1,000 Dementia Friends this May, please see each of the homes’ individual activities by visiting the Hallmark Care Homes website or contact your nearest Hallmark Care Home to register your interest.