A care home in Basingstoke is launching a free guide to support people whose loved ones have been diagnosed with dementia to mark Dementia Action Week.
A poll of 2,000 adults carried out by Care UK, which operates Dashwood Manor, on Bradley Way, found over a third of British adults (35%) have many questions about dementia – but do not know how to get the answers.
The guide, titled ‘Let’s talk about dementia’, follows an easy-to-read Q&A format. Tapping into more than 40 years of experience of providing care for people living with dementia, it has been designed by Care UK’s experts, including Head of Nursing, Care and Dementia, Suzanne Mumford, as well as Home Managers and team members across more than 150 care homes.
Aimed at those caring for a loved one living with dementia, the one-of-a-kind guide is filled with answers to the questions care home teams across the country have been asked by relatives or members of the community – from identifying the signs of the condition, and interacting with a person living with dementia, to everyday questions regarding diet changes and sleep patterns.
It also addresses topics rarely covered in other guides, including behaviour changes such as swearing and loss of inhibitions, making it a unique toolkit for families and friends of people living with dementia, whether they live at home or in a care home.
Dil Perera, Home Manager at Dashwood Manor, said: “Here at Dashwood Manor we are committed to encouraging others to learn about dementia – which is why we’re thrilled to be unveiling our latest guide, ‘Let’s talk about dementia’.
“Many families can find themselves feeling powerless when their loved one is diagnosed with dementia, and it can be a very uncertain time for those involved – but we are here to help. Our guide has been designed to reassure those caring for a loved one by providing answers to many of the questions they might have, but also to help educate others so we may create a more dementia-friendly community together.
“We’d like to encourage local people to download a copy of the guide or reach out to their local care home if they have any questions.”
As part of the launch, Care UK has also teamed up with Alzheimer’s Society ambassador, award-winning journalist and TV presenter Angela Rippon. She commented: “I know first-hand just how families feel when a loved one is diagnosed with dementia. It’s often a confusing time and it’s easy to feel powerless and alone.
“There are so many common misconceptions when it comes to dementia, and getting a diagnosis doesn’t necessarily mean the end is in sight – it’s simply the beginning of a different journey. I strongly believe educating the nation on the signs of dementia and what it’s like to live with the condition is essential, which is why I’m delighted to be working with Care UK to launch their new guide, ‘Let’s talk about dementia.’
“I’d like to encourage everyone to download a copy, so we can create a more dementia-friendly community together.”
To pick up your free copy of the guide, contact Customer Relations Manager at Dashwood Manor, Leahanne Wilkinson on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01256 805988.
You can also download a digital copy here: careuk.com/letstalkdementia
Designed to enable residents to live active and fulfilled lives, while also promoting independence, the new care home, which opened in September 2021, incorporates space for hobby and leisure activities. Luxury facilities includes a café, hair and beauty salon, cinema and bar, and stunning gardens.