A Torquay-based home care company has appointed a new Dementia Trainer as it pledges to train 20 more dementia care professionals by the end of the year whilst also working to make the local area more dementia-friendly.
Home Instead South Devon has named Linda Prain from Kingsteignton as its new Dementia Trainer. Linda brings over 20 years care experience to her new role which will see her delivering Home Instead’s bespoke City & Guilds assured dementia training to the company’s care professionals as well as in the wider community.
The training teaches innovative techniques for dealing with dementia with care professionals learning effective ways of managing the vast range of behaviours associated with the condition. This includes challenging actions like refusal, delusions, aggression, false accusations, wandering and agitation. A key outcome is that care professionals learn to respect the person as an individual and can observe and support their lives.
Speaking about Linda’s appointment, owner of Home Instead South Devon, Douglas Neagle said, “We support many clients living with a dementia diagnosis so it’s really important that our care professionals have a clear understanding of the condition and the behaviours associated with it.
“It’s fantastic to be able to support these clients to continue living at home with specialised care which is crucial to their health and wellbeing.
“We are delighted that Linda is taking on the important role of Dementia Trainer within our organisation.”
The company is also keen to share its specialist knowledge with the community across the area and is offering to deliver Community Dementia Workshops to local organisations who want to know more.
Continuing, Douglas said, “We are keen to make a contribution to make the local area as dementia friendly as we can. That starts with making more people aware of the condition and the impact it has on people.
“So, whether it’s a family member providing care for a loved one, a businesses that deals with the elderly, we are more than happy to share our knowledge.”
For more information on Home Instead’s care services or to speak to them about a Community Dementia Workshop, please call 01803 611630 or visit www.homeinstead.co.uk/south-devon/.
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