Dementia Champions at Hallmark Care Homes are celebrating making 1,069 Dementia Friends in May and June as part of a commitment to raising Alzheimer’s disease awareness.
In partnership with The Alzheimer’s Society, Hallmark ran Dementia Friends sessions across its 15 locations for team members, relatives and members of the local community.
Customer Relationship Manager and Dementia Friends Champion at Hallmark care home, 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 1,000 people Dementia Friends as we provide excellent standards of dementia care daily to the residents in our homes and an important part of this care is raising awareness of the condition.”
One hour sessions explored what it’s like to live with dementia and also discussed how to make someone with dementia live a fulfilled life as well as the small things that can 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.
Karen added: “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.”