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Scots care home launches dementia awareness series

A SCOTS care home is bringing together dementia care experts to launch its calendar of activities to raise awareness of the disease.

With an estimated 90,000 people living with Dementia in Scotland, Cramond Residence is launching ‘Let’s talk about…Dementia’ to build support and connections within the community.

The home will open its doors to members of the public on 18th June to host the informal event with experts from Alzheimer’s Scotland and Home Help Me Care in attendance, alongside the Dementia care team from Cramond Residence.

Informative stalls will be set up with three expert presentations covering what the world looks like for those with dementia, how to care for someone living with Dementia at home and when it’s the right time to consider residential care.

Rickie Tank, Registered Manager with local support service, Home Help Me Care, said: “We believe that bringing dementia support services that support people in the community enables them a greater chance of experiencing quality care in later years.

“Every day we hear the stressful experiences of people trying to secure the right support for loved ones, but no one really guides them through the process or explains the timescales involved and this often means people have to get to a crisis stage before they secure care. 

“By coming together with like-minded community support groups and companies like Cramond Residence we want to share our knowledge to make the journey easier.”

The event hopes to raise awareness through educational sessions and discussions for those living or caring for someone with the condition or generally worried about dementia.

Ross Bijak, General Manager at Cramond Residence said: “I have lived with a passion for making tiny changes to people’s lives since I started my career in care and in particular for people living with Dementia.

Ross Bijak, General Manager at Cramond Residence.
Ross Bijak, General Manager at Cramond Residence said he hopes to “lead by example” at the home’s event.

“I aspire to support and educate people who are affected by the condition and have provided 97% of the 123 members of staff at Cramond with some level of dementia training.

“Being part of such an event as the General Manager at the home is a privilege to which I hope to lead by example in explaining how Cramond Residence helps people living with the condition to enjoy a fulfilling and dignified life.”

Alzheimer’s Scotland will also be in attendance to provide information and support to make sure nobody faces dementia alone with the charity hosting an interactive session on its isolation prevention initiative, Dementia Friends.

Cramond Residence strives to ensure that those living with dementia live a fulfilled life.

The home offers a floor specially designed for those living with dementia to allow them to live a richer and more satisfying life with specialist facilities and trained staff on hand to provide support and relief.

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