St Christopher’s Hospice has joined-up with Leah Lodge Care Home in Blessington Road, Blackheath to offer information and advice about living with dementia. The short series of three sessions will run on 6, 13 and 20 November 2018 from 2pm until 4pm and are free to attend and open to all.
The sessions are ideal for anyone who is caring for someone with dementia or who would like to learn more about dementia in a supportive group. It is also an opportunity to meet and share experiences with others in similar situations, in confidence. Each session will cover a different aspect of care, including improving communication skills, understanding certain behaviours, practical strategies and how best to look after yourself.
“Many people caring for someone at home who is living with dementia get very little support,” explains Helen Scott, Lecturer in Dementia and Frailty at St Christopher’s Hospice Education Centre.
“But knowing what’s happening and how dementia can affect people helps a carer better understand why someone is acting in a certain way. For example, someone living with dementia might shadow someone around the home, or frequently try to leave the house; and these symptoms can be very stressful for a carer who is already under a great deal of pressure. Yet there are strategies that can help the carer manage, as well as help the person with dementia have a better quality of life”.
The sessions will be run by staff from St Christopher’s Hospice who have skills in dementia care and have significant experience of caring for loved ones with dementia in a home setting. The events will be held at Leah Lodge Care Home, Blackheath, which specialises in dementia care.
The seminars will be held on three consecutive Tuesdays (6, 13, 20 November 2018) at Leah Lodge Care Home, Blessington Road, SE13 5EB.
Although free to attend, booking is recommended. To reserve your place or find out more call Geoff Pride on 0208 318 2272.