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Caring about Dementia – “Walking In Their Shoes”

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In support of Dementia Action Week 2018 the Royal Wootton Bassett Caring about Dementia group invited 36 people to a very special event which was held at the Manor House Enterprise Centre on the 23rd May.

We hosted a Mobile Virtual Dementia Tour Bus which provided an innovative dementia training session giving delegates the opportunity to experience what living with dementia might be like and small ways we can all help those living with dementia and their carers.

By “walking in the shoes” of a person with dementia you start to understand the issues that they may experience every day, such as being confused, isolated, lost, intimidated, vulnerable and much more and therefore understand what you can do to improve their quality of care.

The feedback from the delegates was “a feeling of vulnerability, scary, intimidating and confusing” but by having a better understanding of the person with dementia you can change your practice of care to improve their lives.

We hope this event has sparked debate and action to improve support for people living with dementia and their carers.

As a follow up we are arranging Dementia Friends Sessions for companies, organisations, community groups or individuals. The session lasts just 45 minutes and is a simple way to spread awareness and do something which really makes a difference to others. If you would like to book a place please contact Alexa Davies at alexa.davies@wiltshire.gov.uk and we will arrange a mutually convenient time and place, i.e. at your place of work or an agreed venue.

It is only 45 minutes of your time but it could make a huge difference to others. The Royal Wootton Bassett Caring about Dementia Group meet every two months to look at ways in which they can help to improve the lives of those who have Dementia and their carers. If you would like to join the group please contact Linda Frost at frostlk@yahoo.co.uk


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