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Free dementia care workshops now available

September 17th, 2016 11:51 AM

By Southern Star Team

‘Confidence to Care' is also the title of Home Instead Senior Care's first published book for family carers.

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HOME Instead Senior Care is offering a unique approach to help families understand and cope with the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Over 30 free workshops are available for families throughout the country and will be taking place over the next four weeks. September is World Alzheimer’s Month, an international campaign dedicated to raising awareness and challenging the stigma associated with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.  

According to the Alzheimer Society of Ireland, there are an estimated 55,000 people living in Ireland with a form of dementia and 63 per cent of these people are living at home in the community.

Entitled, ‘Confidence to Care,’ the dementia care workshops help family carers gain knowledge and understanding of professional caregiving techniques, ultimately giving them the confidence to care for loved ones at home. The workshops are based on the training programme, CARE: Changing Ageing Through Research and Education, that is provided to Home Instead’s base of 4,000 professional caregivers. The CARE programme focuses on:

·  Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease

·Cognitive Symptoms of Dementia

· Behavioural Symptoms of Dementia

·Engagement Activities

·Safety in the Home

·Self-Care Techniques

‘Confidence to Care’ is also the title of Home Instead Senior Care’s first published book for family carers. The book, available from Amazon.co.uk, combines personal stories with practical techniques from professional caregivers and internationally recognised experts. Each chapter offers care approaches and prevention tips, and begins with a real-life family caregiver story.

The majority of the dementia care workshops will take place Wednesday, September 21st, World Alzheimer’s Day. To register attendance call the dementia care helpline 1890 989 755 or visit HomeInstead.ie.

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