Educating the nation – local care homes launch guide to create dementia-friendly community

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Two care homes in Banbury are launching a free guide to support people whose loved ones have been diagnosed with dementia ahead of Dementia Action Week. 

A poll of 2,000 adults carried out by Care UK, which operates Seccombe Court, on Gardner Way, and Highmarket House, on North Bar Place, found over a third of British adults (35%) have many questions about dementia – but do not know how to get the answers. 

The guide, titled Let’s talk about dementia, follows an easy-to-read Q&A format. Tapping into more than 40 years of experience of providing care for people living with dementia, it has been designed by Care UK’s experts, including Head of Nursing, Care and Dementia, Suzanne Mumford, as well as Home Managers and team members across more than 150 care homes. 

Aimed at those caring for a loved one living with dementia, the one-of-a-kind guide is filled with answers to the questions care home teams across the country have been asked by relatives or members of the community – from identifying the signs of the condition, and interacting with a person living with dementia, to everyday questions regarding diet changes and sleep patterns. 

It also addresses topics rarely covered in other guides, including behaviour changes such as swearing and loss of inhibitions, making it a unique toolkit for families and friends of people living with dementia, whether they live at home or in a care home. 

To mark Dementia Action Week, the team at Highmarket House is also hosting a charity car wash on Monday 16th May and Friday 20th May to raise funds for Dementia Active Oxfordshire. 

Wojciech Kuczkowski, General Manager at Seccombe Court, said: “Here at Seccombe Court, we are committed to encouraging others to learn about dementia – which is why we’re thrilled to be unveiling our latest guide, ‘Let’s talk about dementia’.

“Many families can find themselves feeling powerless when their loved one is diagnosed with dementia, and it can be a very uncertain time for those involved – but we are here to help. Our guide has been designed to reassure those caring for a loved one by providing answers to many of the questions they might have, but also to help educate others so we may create a more dementia-friendly community together.” 

Francesca Cowley, Home Manager at Highmarket House, added: “We’d like to encourage local people to download a copy of the guide or reach out to their local care home if they have any questions.”

As part of the launch, Care UK has also teamed up with Alzheimer’s Society ambassador, award-winning journalist and TV presenter Angela Rippon. She commented: “I know first-hand just how families feel when a loved one is diagnosed with dementia. It’s often a confusing time and it’s easy to feel powerless and alone.

“There are so many common misconceptions when it comes to dementia, and getting a diagnosis doesn’t necessarily mean the end is in sight – it’s simply the beginning of a different journey. I strongly believe educating the nation on the signs of dementia and what it’s like to live with the condition is essential, which is why I’m delighted to be working with Care UK to launch their new guide, ‘Let’s talk about dementia.’ 

“I’d like to encourage everyone to download a copy, so we can create a more dementia-friendly community together.”

To pick up your free copy of the guide, contact Home Admissions Advisor at Seccombe Court, Steve Dumbrill, on steve.dumbrill@careuk.com or call 01295 298795; or Customer Relations Manager at Highmarket House, Daniel Worley, on daniel.worley@careuk.com or call 01295 297 652.

You can also download a digital copy here: careuk.com/letstalkdementia.

Designed to enable residents to live active and fulfilled lives, while also promoting independence, Seccombe Court and Highmarket House, incorporates space for hobby and leisure activities. The homes provide full-time residential care, dementia care and respite care. 

Open to new residents

Gardner Way, Adderbury - Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX17 3FW

Seccombe Court

Seccombe Court

CQC Rating: Good
  • Residential care
  • Dementia care
  • Nursing care
  • Respite care
  • End of life care
  • Nursing dementia care
  • Day club
Open to new residents

(Behind the Cromwell Hotel), North Bar Place, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX16 0TD

Highmarket House

Highmarket House

CQC Rating: Good
  • Residential care
  • Dementia care
  • Nursing care
  • Respite care
  • End of life care
  • Nursing dementia care
  • Day club

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