St. Ives care home goes on a ‘Dementia Adventure’

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People in St. Ives are invited to find out more about dementia at Care UK’s Field Lodge care home, which is situated on London Road, on Wednesday 4 March from 12noon until 3pm.

At the understanding dementia event, Neil Mapes from Dementia Adventure will be joining the team at Field Lodge to share his knowledge and provide practical tips for those caring for someone living with dementia. Neil will help people understand the condition and how memories are lost, as well as give guidance on how to overcome communication barriers.

The free event is part of an on-going partnership between Care UK and Dementia Adventure and is designed to help family members and carers gain a clearer understanding of dementia. After the event, Neil will be on hand to answer any questions and there will be an opportunity for members of the public to meet the carers at Field Lodge and take a tour of the home.   

Home manager, Matthew Cox, explained the importance of the event. “With more than 7,000 people in Cambridgeshire living with dementia, it is crucial those affected by this potentially isolating condition – including family carers – are given easy access to support and expert advice. 

“Since we first opened our doors just a year ago, we have run a series of free information-led events at Field Lodge; however this is the first time we have welcomed Dementia Adventure to lead a session. This is an excellent opportunity for members of the local community to hear what Neil has to say, and anyone who attends the event will also be able to ask questions and share their own experiences if they wish.

“Dementia Adventure is an incredibly exciting organisation which really does make a positive difference to the lives of carers and people living with dementia. By working together we can continue to support people in St. Ives who are affected by the condition, while also helping people living with dementia to remain connected and lead active and fulfilled lives.”  

Those who attend the understanding dementia event will be able to collect a copy of Care UK’s ‘Listen, Talk, Connect’. The free guide helps carers, friends and relatives to overcome any challenges they may face in having conversations and general interaction with those living with dementia.

Places at the event are limited. To register your interest, contact customer relations manager, Toby Swallow, by emailing toby.swallow@careuk.com or calling 01480 494378.

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