21 July 2017
Hallmark Care Homes celebrate after making 1000 people Dementia Friends
Dementia Champions at Hallmark Care Homes are celebrating after making 1,069 people Dementia Friends throughout May and June as part of our commitment to raising awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and helping to transform the way the nation thinks about dementia.
Hallmark care home team members across our 15 locations attempted to educate over 1,000 people about dementia by running 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 took an hour and explored what it’s like to live with dementia. It also discussed how you can make someone with dementia live a fulfilled life and the small things you can do to make a difference.
Visitors who completed the course included local dignitaries, schools and businesses, all of whom received a Dementia Friends badge and some takeaway material from The Alzheimer’s Society.
Customer relationship manager and Dementia Friends Champion at Anya Court in Warwickshire, Karen Handley said: “Our drop-in sessions at our Hallmark homes taught our visitors 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 the residents in our homes and important part of this care is raising awareness of the condition.
“According to Alzheimer’s Research UK, there are currently 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, therefore it’s important that as a care provider we get the word out there and as a community we become more dementia friendly.”
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