Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Dementia workshop tomorrow

Home Instead Senior Care will host a complimentary workshop for family carers in Kildare tomorrow, Wednesday, 23 September.

The purpose of the workshop is to support family carers in taking care of loved ones with Alzheimer’s or dementia at home. It takes place between 7-9pm in Fallons Bar & Restaurant. This workshop is one of a series of free dementia care workshops hosted by the home care provider.

Family caregivers from the local community are invited to attend the workshop and learn practical caregiving techniques such as:

· Suggested approaches when helping with personal care activities
· Understanding behavioural symptoms of dementia
· Learning how to start conversations for effective communication
· Recognising ways to prevent behavioural symptoms in the future
· Discovering ways to care for yourself so that you can remain a successful family caregiver

Amanda Bohan, Managing Director of Home Instead Senior Care in Kilcullen, says September is World Alzheimer’s Month and the service has clients living with Alzheimer’s or dementia. "So we have a vested interest in supporting family carers in the local community. Caregivers often struggle to understand the full impact of dementia and it’s easy to become overwhelmed.

"We want to support them to provide the best care they can and meet people in the local community in a similar situation. Caregiving can be lonely and it is important to encourage family carers to have a support network.”

To register for a workshop, call 045 484 623 or sign up online HomeInstead.ie.