‘We were recently lucky to be a visited by a local Dementia Friends Champion to deliver a training session to the majority of our staff.
This enlightening course covered aspects of dementia care, recognition and how we can make the Flamingo Pool more dementia friendly.
Dementia is an umbrella term for a range of progressive conditions that affect the brain. There are over 200 subtypes of dementia, but the five most common are: Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, frontotemporal dementia and mixed dementia. Source: ww.dementiauk.org.
There are over 350 people in Axminster diagnosed with dementia with 2 out of 3 of these people living in their own homes with carers. Dementia Friends is an Alzheimer’s Society Initiative designed to bring the community together to join and support anyone diagnosed with dementia as well as give support to carers and aid restoring confidence.
We will be taking all that we have learned from this session to make all appropriate updates to our building to be as dementia friendly as we can be. Equally you can be safe in the knowledge that the majority of our staff are now recognised as dementia friends and can support anyone who comes to the pool with dementia as well as our wider community and the carers within this community.’