At the beginning of May I attended the Great British Care Show at London’s Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre. These shows are for everyone involved in the care industry whether a provider or service user. It was a truly inspirational day where I learnt about the latest developments in social care and saw some truly innovative work by dementia organisations.
There was a speech from the Care Quality Commission about the latest proposed changes to inspections in the care sector. I attended a session by Lost Chord who do incredible work with dementia sufferers using music and dance. I also learnt about Dementia Care Matters Butterfly Services, which are a model for great service.
The most interesting part of the day was a session with the Alzheimer’s Society. Led by a Dementia Champion, I was invited to become a ‘Dementia Friend’. This is an initiative led by the Alzheimer’s Society designed to give people a greater understanding of the impact of dementia and the ways in which we can help people with dementia in our communities.
During the session, each of us was invited to make a pledge. We could choose anything such as pledging to help s
omeone who looks lost, helping to dispel myths about the condition, or educating people around us about treating dementia sufferers as individuals.
My pledge is to raise awareness about dementia and promote dementia friends via the range of communication channels I have open to me (social media, friends, family, colleagues etc.). At the end of the session we were each given a small pin to show that we were now a Dementia Friend.
At Care Concern Homecare, a number of our clients suffer with dementia and the effect of the disease can vary greatly from person to person. This is why personalised care is so crucial to the continued well-being of dementia sufferers.
If each of us takes action in some small way, it can lead to better understanding of dementia and better living conditions for those suffering from it. So please take five minutes and become a Dementia Friend.