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Posted by: Lizzie Gurr, on 23/03/2015

Sussex Housing & Care show commitment to supporting people living with dementia

Sussex Housing & Care is currently training all staff about dementia as they are committed to being a dementia friendly organisation and acknowledge that 1 in 6 people over the age of 80 have dementia (Alzheimer’s Society).

Over the last few months staff in roles across the organisation, from domestic cleaners and care assistants to scheme managers and the finance team, will receive a day’s training on dementia.

The training includes learning about the different types of dementia, what the main symptoms are and how to best manage different scenarios by learning the best practice approach for supporting people living with dementia.

Maria Parker, Senior Care Assistant at Oakwood Court care home in Haywards Heath said: “We now have a higher proportion of people living with dementia in our communities and so the training has been invaluable. It’s made me a lot more aware and makes me consider each situation and how to best support our residents.

The fact that Sussex Housing & Care has arranged this training is fantastic, it’s allows us to better our expertise and be more knowledgeable about dementia.”

There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2025. This will soar to 2 million by 2051. 225,000 will develop dementia this year, that's one every three minutes (Alzheimer’s Society).


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