Birch Green Care Home has taken the latest steps in a major commitment to dementia care.
Staff at the home held a Dementia Friends training session which mean that, so far, 45 staff at the Skelmersdale home have been trained up.
Dementia Friends is a programme operated by the Alzheimer’s Society, aiming to transform the way people think about dementia.
Birch Green is committed to helping all its staff take the training, which has been provided by local volunteer Joe Sherville, a Dementia Champion. Joe spends time in the community helping provide information on dementia and offering the training required to help people qualify as dementia friends.
The training offers key facts about dementia, what it is like to live with, and practical action which can help people with dementia in their community. Around 2 million people have signed up to the programme across the UK.
More than 850,000 people in the UK live with dementia, a figure set to increase to more than 1 million by 2025.
Vicky Sudworth, General Manager of Birch Green, said: “It’s such a great programme and has a real relevance to our work here at Birch Green.
“Thanks to the Dementia Friends programme, Birch Green and its staff has access to resources and information which will continue to improve the care we provide to our residents.
“We’re very proud of our staff and the extra mile they all go in the course of their duties, and the uptake of the training we’re offering has been incredible. Our aim is to have every member of staff undertake the Dementia Friends training.”
For more information about the Dementia Friends programme, visit www.dementiafriends.org.uk/