Hallmark Care Homes has hit its target of training 1000 Dementia Friends as part of its Dementia Awareness Week activity in May.
The company has appointed Dementia Champions in all of its 15 homes who run educational sessions for team members, relatives and people from of the local community as part of effort to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and help transform the way the nation thinks about dementia.
In addition to the homes running Dementia Friends sessions, which were taught in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society, many Hallmark homes launched dementia support cafés throughout the month while others fundraised for the Alzheimer’s Society.
Fundraising events ranged from sponsored bikeathons to craft stalls in the homes, raising a whopping £800 for the charity.
Kelly Adams, customer relationship manager and Dementia Friends Champion at Admiral Court, a Hallmark Care Home in Essex, said: “Our drop-in sessions at our Hallmark homes taught our visitors everything they needed to know about dementia and we are incredibly pleased to have contributed to reaching our goal of making 1000 people Dementia Friends this May.
“We decided to run these sessions and set ourselves this ambitious target as we provide excellent standards of dementia care daily to residents in our homes and an important part of this care is raising awareness of the condition.
“One person every three minutes will develop dementia, therefore it’s important that as a care provider we get the word out there and as a community we become more dementia friendly.
“We hope that visitors to our Dementia Friends sessions found our sessions informative and useful.”
Southend MP Sir David Amess was one of many local dignitaries to sign up for the session at Admiral Court. He is pictured above with Ms Adams, who hosted the training.