Care home to put on dementia support groups
An award-winning care provider from Norfolk is calling for friends, family and communities to come together to support those with dementia.
Christine Morgan, manager of Claremont House and Lodge care home in Caister, announced a new schedule of dementia support groups to be held at the home to support those who care for people living with dementia. The first support group is taking place on June 5.
The free groups aim to help those with dementia or carers, providing them with a supportive, friendly, safe space to come together to socialise and hear advice and information.
Statistics from Alzheimer’s Research UK highlighted that 2.2pc of the population in north Norfolk live with dementia, making it the highest percentage area in England – over five times higher than the lowest area Tower Hamlets in London.
Great Yarmouth and Waveney had 1.8pc of its population living with dementia, which equates to over 4,200 people – well above the national average of 3,605.
Ms Morgan is also looking to spread this work to the whole of Great Yarmouth, by working with partners to make it a dementia friendly town.
Claremont’s dementia support groups are free to attend and held at the home fortnightly on Tuesdays, 2pm to 4pm.
Ms Morgan said: “These statistics do seem alarming, but just one person affected by dementia needs the support and care of those around them, and that’s what we work hard to promote at Claremont and within the local community.
“Creating dementia friendly communities and equipping friends and loved ones with the tools and strategies they need to understand and help people living with the condition is so important. Dementia creates a number of challenges for individuals and their support networks, but with the right guidance, we can help people through these to make life that much easier.
“I would encourage anyone with dementia, any friends or carers, or anyone who simply wants to know more to come along to one of our groups. Everyone is very welcome.”
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