16th Dec 2015
They do this by giving them information about the personal impact of dementia, and what they can do to help. A dementia champion is someone with excellent knowledge and skills in the care of people with dementia. They are an advocate for people with dementia and a source of information and support for co-workers. They have an understanding of the change process from a theoretical and practical perspective.
Speaking about the accolade, Emma (Operations Manager) stated “It has been an amazing journey to go from being a Dementia Friend to now being a fully trained Dementia Champion. Dementia is something that is very close to my heart and I am proud of this achievement. I am looking forward to helping create more Dementia Friends in the local community to raise awareness of the challenges that those living with a form of Dementia face”.
Dementia Friends Champions training courses are run across England by The Alzheimer’s Society, using their experience of training volunteers. The training day lasts for one day and students learn about dementia and how it affects people, and the practical actions that Dementia Friends can take that could help someone with dementia living in their community. Students also learn how to run Dementia Friends Information Sessions to inspire other people to become Dementia Friends and help to create dementia friendly communities.
During the training day students also get lots of information and resources to help them understand how to answer people’s questions about dementia and the sources of further information and support they can direct them to.
Congratulations to Emma on becoming a Dementia Champion!
For more information about how to get involved in the Dementia Friends programme, or to find out more about Bridgewater Home Care, please call 01942 723 115 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.