1610 Chard becomes Dementia Friendly

Posted: 21st Dec 2017

Category: 1610 Trust

Christmas may be about reuniting with family and friends but for many families this happy time of year means having to to cope with the demands of a family member who has dementia.

It is estimated that 850,000 people are living with dementia in the UK which is set to rise to a million by 2025. 70% of people in care homes have dementia or memory problems and 225,000 people will develop dementia this year, that’s one every three minutes.

1610 Chard is taking active steps to make its facilities more Dementia Friendly and to raise awareness of the issue the Mayor of Chard Garry Shortland will be presenting staff at the centre with a Dementia Friendly Sticker on Wednesday December 20 at 10.30am.

Staff at 1610 Chard have been working with the Dementia Friends group to raise awareness of the needs of people who have dementia as 1610 Chard Wellness Manager, Trish Bishop explains; “ So many families now have to cope with the long term needs of a family member who is living with this debilitating condition.  I have been to training sessions on the issue and it is about making staff aware and sensitive to the needs of families and carers so they feel comfortable and can enjoy and get the most out of our amazing facilities here.”

For more information about 1610 Chard Tel 01460 494020.