New care home invites people of Newbury to understand dementia

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Following the popularity of the understanding dementia seminar at Winchcombe Place care home earlier this year, a second free event will take place on Thursday 25 September, giving local people the opportunity to find out more about caring for loved ones living with the condition.

The team at Winchcombe Place care home is joining forces with Care UK’s specialist dementia trainer, Andrew Potts, for a two-part session designed to provide attendees with professional support, expert advice and practical guidance.

From 11am to 12.30pm, Andrew will explain what causes dementia and he will also look at the importance of life history and activity based care.  From 1.30pm to 3pm, Andrew will then talk about coping mechanisms and tactics for dealing with the condition’s associated behaviours. A buffet lunch will be provided between sessions, and attendees will be welcome to ask any questions they may have relating to their own personal circumstances.

Michelle Sides, home manager at Winchcombe Place care home, explained why there is so much demand for the care home to provide advice for local people: “With dementia affecting 820,000 people in the UK and a startling 25 million people having a close friend or family member living with the condition, there is a real and pressing need to open up access to professional support and information, and to ensure there are places people can go where they can share their individual experiences. 

“The success of the first understanding dementia seminar at Winchcombe Place just a few months ago showed very clearly there is a demand in Newbury for advice which helps to broaden people’s knowledge of the condition. We are looking forward to repeating the event and to welcoming the local community to come along and find out more.”

Those who attend the seminar will also be able to pick up a copy of Care UK’s ‘Listen, talk, connect’ guide, which helps carers, friends and relatives to overcome any challenges they may face in having conversations and general interaction with people living with dementia.

For more information on Winchcombe Place and to register your interest in the understanding dementia seminar, contact customer relations manager Sacha Liddiard on 01635 922 871 or email sacha.liddiard@careuk.com

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