Radfield Joins the Alzheimer's Society Challenge to Create 3 Million Dementia Friends

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Pictured: James Beech, Owner/Director of Radfield Home Care Stamford, Peterborough & Rutland

At Radfield Home Care Stamford, Peterborough and Rutland, we are proud to have played a small part in helping the Alzheimer’s Society to reach the amazing milestone of creating 3 million ‘Dementia Friends’.

The Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme is their biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the nation thinks, acts and talks about the condition. Stigma and lack of understanding causes many of the 850,000 people in the UK with dementia to experience loneliness and social exclusion.

The Radfield Home Care Stamford, Peterborough and Rutland branch has signed up to become a Dementia Friend’s Partner. As part of our commitment to this, all our home care assistants attend an awareness session to become Dementia Friends during their initial induction training. This enables all Radfield Home Care staff to learn more about dementia and the small ways in which they can help, from supporting and understanding our clients needs, to spreading the word with friends and family. Every action counts!

Radfield Home Care Stamford, Peterborough and Rutland’s branch Director, James Beech, is a ‘Dementia Friends Champion’, which enables him to act as a trained volunteer to run Information Sessions for friends, family, colleagues and the wider community. The Information Sessions cover key messages that we want everyone to know about dementia, and help people to think about what they can do to help.

If you are interested in finding out about becoming a Dementia Friend, James is keen to spread the word by running Information Sessions for small groups in the Stamford, Peterborough and Rutland area. You would learn the five key messages about dementia and a little bit about what it is like to live with dementia. We would ask you to turn your understanding into a practical action that could help someone with dementia living in your community. This action could be as big or as small as you choose – because every action counts!

You can contact James by calling 01780 755 722 or by emailing stamford@radfieldhomecare.co.uk

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