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Signature at Chorleywood ‘acts on dementia’ as part of Dementia Action Week Campaign

Signature at Chorleywood is raising awareness of dementia and encouraging people to ‘act on dementia’ by seeking help and support when faced with a diagnosis.

Running from 16th- 22nd May, the theme set by the Alzheimer’s Society this year is diagnosis and will focus on tackling the common misconception that memory loss is a sign of normal ageing to encourage people to receive a dementia diagnosis as early as possible.

Dementia Action Week Signature at Signature at Chorleywood wants to ensure that more people understand and recognise possible dementia symptoms so that they or their loved ones can receive early guidance and feel empowered to take the next steps.

Person centred dementia care is a core part of the care provided at Signature, with a third of all residents across its 36 care homes living with dementia. This includes a commitment to providing the best-skilled care that those living with dementia require, in order for residents to maintain a fulfilling, safe and dignified lifestyle.

To mark the week, team members and residents came together to enjoy a range of activities with one another.

From a poetry group, musical workshop, drama club and endless entertainment, it was yet another opportunity for residents to get involved in countless stimulating, interesting, fun, and exciting activities available for all to enjoy at the care home.

The fantastic week was brought to a close with a wonderful talk by Bob the beekeeper, who shared the art of beekeeping and his life as a beekeeper. This was followed by a delicious honey tasting session, quiz, and raffle.

Activities are a crucial aspect of dementia care, reducing common dementia symptoms and stimulating positive feelings and emotion within individuals.

Priscilla Nyamarebvu, Dementia Care Manager at Signature at Chorleywood, said:
“Dementia Awareness Week is very important to all of us at Signature, as we want more people to know about the signs of dementia and how best to support their loved ones.

“This year we launched our new comprehensive dementia strategy which aims to create innovative, warm, and welcoming dementia communities and set the highest standard in dementia care.

“As part of the strategy, we have ensured that all team members at Signature at Chorleywood receive mandatory dementia training, which exceeds the sector-standard approach.

“Our staff are passionate about supporting residents living with dementia and work hard to ensure that we provide exceptional care within a dignified environment for each individual.

“We are happy to see so many of our colleagues and residents taking part in music, drama and informative sessions, which add to our exciting and varied activities programmes.”