This month FNTC training welcomed Alison from the cinnamon care collections into our head office.
Alison spent time with our health and social care assessors as well as one of our business administration apprentices’ to discuss becoming a dementia friend.
Alison works in Netley court care home as an activities care coordinator and spends her spare time being a dementia friends champion. This means Alison visits people interested in becoming a dementia friends and provides them with knowledge and awareness of dementia.
Alison works with local companies and towns to also raise awareness of dementia to make these environments more understanding of dementia.
What is dementia?
- Dementia describes different brain disorders that trigger a loss of brain function. These conditions are all usually progressive and eventually severe.
- Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, affecting 62 per cent of those diagnosed.
- Other types of dementia include; vascular dementia affecting 17 per cent of those diagnosed, mixed dementia affecting 10 per cent of those diagnosed.
- Symptoms of dementia include memory loss, confusion and problems with speech and understanding. Dementia is a terminal condition.
Who is affected?
- There are 800,000 people with dementia in the UK with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2021. This will soar to 1.7 million by 2050.
- One in three people over 65 will die with dementia.
- 80 per cent of people in care homes have with dementia or severe memory problems.
- There are over 17,000 people under 65 with dementia in the UK.
- Dementia affects nearly 25,000 people from black, Asian and minority ethnic groups in the UK.
Jo McQuirk, one of FNTC health and social care assessors gave us a little reflection on the training-
“Alison came to the office and delivered an insightful look at Dementia and the perception that people can have on it.
Working in care homes for the elderly we found it useful to update our knowledge on the person centred approaches and how people should not assume because they are ‘labelled’ with a illness or disability that they are not able to live a happily within the community as long as they have the support.
Alison, was able to tell us of all the activities the local areas are doing to help make towns and streets more dementia friendly.
We were so pleased with the delivery that we are now going to attend Alison’s dementia action group, to help support the local area.”
FNTC Training ensure that their staff members have current up to date knowledge of sector specific changes or emerging issues. With our level 2 and level 3 health and social care courses having a dementia pathway option- it is important our assessors know all about dementia themselves.
Once again we would like to thank Alison from the Cinnamon Care Collection for working with FNTC staff on becoming dementia friends.
If you would like to know more about dementia friends or would like to become a dementia friend please visit the dementia friends website for more information, support and contact details.
Well done team! Wear your dementia friends pin badges with PRIDE.