09
Nov

Radfield Home Care Becomes a Dementia Friendly Company

Shamsah Lalji Read 77 times

  

Radfield Home Care Richmond, Kingston, and Hounslow met with the Alzheimer’s Society to begin the process of becoming recognised as a dementia friendly organisation.

 radfield home care becomes a dementia friendly company

Picture from left to right: Magdalena Zieba, Registered Care Manager Radfield Home Care Richmond, Kingston and Hounslow, Natasha Brame, Community Fundraising, Alzheimer’s Society, Shamsah Lalji, Owner and Director, Radfield Home Care Richmond, Kingston and Hounslow

 

Being formally acknowledged as a dementia friendly organisation means that the society has certified that people with dementia are understood, respected and supported by Radfield Home Care.

The society’s website states that ‘dementia friendly communities are vital in helping people live well with dementia and remain a part of their community’.

Becoming dementia friendly as an organisation means that people affected by dementia will be better supported and encouraged to continue doing everyday activities within their community because businesses are better adapted to the needs of those affected.

According to the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames’ Joint Dementia Strategy report, it was expected that there would be 1,394 women and 687 men living with Dementia, over the age of 65-years-old living in Richmond, in 2018.

According to the NHS, there are over 1,600 people living with dementia in the borough of Kingston. This number is expected to increase to over 1,800 by 2020.

At the meeting, Shamsah Lalji, Owner and Director of Radfield Home Care, and Magdalena Zieba, Registered Care Manager, heard the 5 key messages from dementia friends:

  1. Dementia is not a natural part of ageing.
  2. Dementia is caused by a disease of the brain.
  3. Dementia is not just about losing your memory - it can affect thinking, communicating and carrying out everyday tasks.
  4. It is possible to live well with dementia.
  5. There’s more to a person than the dementia.

Shamsah Lalji explained,


“We are excited to embark on this journey and join the local Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) to help make our local community dementia friendly.”


 

Natasha Brame, community fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Society explained,


“We aim to make London the first dementia friendly capital by 2022. It was a pleasure to meet with Radfield Home Care and deliver a dementia friends information session. I look forward to supporting them as they work towards becoming a dementia friendly organisation.”


 

As part of the accreditation, Radfield will continue to build awareness of dementia within the Richmond, Kingston and Hounslow communities, listen to the experiences of those living with dementia and take the necessary steps to adapt their business and care style to be more inclusive of people living with dementia.

The Alzheimer’s Society is a leading dementia support charity in the UK. Their mission is to ‘transform the landscape of dementia’ and to help create a society where people who are affected by dementia are supported and accepted.

If you would like to know more about the services that Radfield Home Care Richmond, Kingston, and Hounslow offer, please contact them at 02086 109 778 or richmond.kingston@radfieldhomecare.co.uk.


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