Written by Sam
20th November, 2017
At an event last Friday 17th November at Melin Homes Pontypool headquarters Councillors Mandy Owen from Torfaen County Borough Council and Penny Jones from Monmouthshire County Council gave the team the Alzheimer’s Society stamp of approval. As part of the event they heard how Care & Repair’s work aimed to make communities more dementia friendly.
All staff at the agency have received Dementia Friend's awareness and caseworkers have taken an accredited ‘Stepping Inside Dementia’ course to help them better understand the effects of the disease.
The agency helps raise awareness of Dementia Friends and services available to help support those living with dementia and their carers at various group talks, promotion events and during home visits. They are also planning to work with their preferred contractors to encourage them to also have the Dementia Friendly training. Thanks to work they do with the local authorities, they are able to install telecare and assistive technology in older people’s homes to help clients remain in their own home for longer.
Care and Repair Monmouthshire and Torfaen Manager Nicola Maule said: “In Wales there are over 45,000 people living with dementia and as we have an ageing population the numbers are likely to increase. It makes sense that as a caring organisation we do our best to make our services accessible. It’s imperative that our staff are armed with a greater understanding of what it is like to live with dementia.”