Pam Hornby, community liaison co-ordinator with Caring Hands Group, a provider of the full range of domiciliary services including specialist dementia services, took part in the groundbreaking Dementia Friends learning programme with the Alzheimer’s Society.
The programme, a national initiative being run by the Alzheimer’s Society and funded by the Government, aims to improve people’s understanding of dementia and its effects, with the objective of signing one million Dementia Friends by 2015.
Pam, now a Dementia Friends Champion, is described as ‘a volunteer who encourages others to make a positive difference to people living with dementia in their community’ by sharing information about the personal impact of dementia.
She explained how the Caring Hands Group is committed to working with the Alzheimer’s Society to provide the highest levels of care and support for people with dementia and their family members.
Pam said: “We’ve seen a significant rise in demand for information, advice and support from both clients and their families experiencing the effects of dementia because there is so much to learn about it.
“Undertaking the Dementia Friends Champion programme has armed me with a range of advice and expertise which I am looking forward to sharing with colleagues and those we support.
“As part of the programme I am also able to hold my own Dementia Friends information sessions and help with the society’s aim of improving understanding of dementia.”
The Caring Hands Group, with offices in Preston, Lytham, Penwortham – and with plans to open in Southport – provides the full range of domiciliary services across the North West including personal care, respite care, night care, live-in care and holiday care plus the option of a dedicated dementia service.
According to the Alzheimer’s Society, there are 800,000 people in the UK with dementia, mainly over the age of 65. As the UK’s population ages, the number of people with dementia is expected to increase significantly and there is forecast to be more than a million people with dementia by 2021.