There are currently 800,000 people living with dementia in the UK, a figure set to rise to over a million by 2021. Of those suffering with dementia, only one third live in a care home. For the other two thirds, the level of care, support and understanding they receive will vary widely. For this reason, Orbit Care & Repair held an event at Loxley Court in Coventry during Dementia Awareness Week to provide more information regarding the support options available for people who may be struggling with dementia.
The afternoon tea event brought together over 50 customers, along with Orbit Care & Repair staff, occupational therapists from Coventry City Council’s Start Team and members of the Sensory Impairment Team, the Alzheimer’s Society and Wiltshire Farmfoods. Guests were treated to an afternoon tea while they learned more about dementia, the types of treatment and local support that is available. Event sponsors AKW, The Keysafe Company, Complete Community Care and local contractor, GGS Nuneaton, also had staff on hand to talk about the various products and services they offer to help people with dementia.
Sally Robbins from Dementia Awareness in Rugby spoke about dementia awareness and provided valuable information to everyone who attended. She shared tips on how to define dementia and what it is and isn’t, how to spot it and how to treat and support those managing the condition.
Cathy Sharman, Area Team Leader for Orbit Care & Repair, says; “We’re really pleased at the turnout for the event. As the number of people with dementia continues to rise, it’s really important to raise awareness of what dementia is and how people can effectively support people who are living with the condition.”
For more information about dementia, please contact the Alzheimer’s Society by visiting www.alzheimers.org.uk, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01543 255 955. You can also obtain a free Dementia Friends information pack by contacting Dementia Friends at www.dementiafriends.org.uk.