The Kingsfield team created the drop-in service to offer support and information for both their residents’ relatives and people in the local community who are caring for someone with dementia. The launch of the new service marks national Dementia Awareness Week.
Care UK’s Theresa Dark said: “When you have a relative with dementia or are caring for a loved one at home it can be a stressful and worrying time and sometimes it helps to have someone to talk to.”
Theresa continued: “For many people, the idea of dementia holds many fears and a diagnosis can feel like the end of the world. But at Kingsfield we want to show people that this isn’t the case. With good care and advice life goes on.”
Anyone is welcome to go along to the drop-in sessions which will be held monthly on Tuesday evenings. The first session will be on 19th June from 6pm to 7.30pm and the friendly care team at Kingsfield will be on hand for an informal chat as well as a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit.
Relatives and carers will also have the opportunity to meet and share experiences with other carers as well as hear from guest speakers from local groups who will be invited to speak about specific topics and answer questions.
Theresa said: “We decided to run the sessions in the evening as many carers and relatives work during the day which makes accessing support and advice more difficult for them. We believe this will be a hugely beneficial resource for the local community. Family and friends who provide care do a wonderful job and Care UK is committed to trying to make their lives a little bit easier.”
The Kingsfield Dementia Drop-in Centre is a free service and open to anyone in the area. Anyone wishing to come along should telephone Theresa on 01795 535550.