In recent years the Alzheimer’s Society have been campaigning to raise awareness of Dementia and break down the pre-conceptions that society may have regarding the disease. There are currently 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK.
To give our staff a better understanding of people living with Dementia, we recently invited the OCP Training Company to come along and deliver pilot training sessions for our Managers, covering the topic of Dementia awareness.
Simply talking about dementia raises awareness amongst hotel staff so we were excited to see what the sessions would bring.
OCP and their trainer, Simon Porter, ran 3 pilot workshops to introduce our Managers to a better understanding of Dementia, the different types of Dementia and how someone living with Dementia can live well.
The workshops focused on the following objectives:
- To recognise that a person is living with dementia
- Acknowledge that there is more than one type of dementia
- Identify ways of delivering service to the needs of a person living with dementia
Simon, our trainer, went through various exercises and discussion to help understand and break down pre-conceptions that some may have about people living with Dementia.
Helping to Spread the Word
The workshops were well received and as a result some of our staff have become ‘Dementia Friends’ and pledged to help spread the word by ‘talking to others’ about Dementia.
I will soon be heading off to complete a course to become a Dementia Champion which will enable me to deliver the training in house and help to raise awareness with other staff here at TLH.
World Rocks Against Dementia
I will also be heading to the English Riviera Centre on Saturday the 19th March to support the fundraising event ‘World Rocks Against Dementia’. If you would like to find out more about this event, please click the link above.