Care home aims to help families understand dementia

INFORMATION SESSION ... resident Charlie Souter with The Lodge's deputy manager Judith Hayes, left, and Kirsty Cunningham.
INFORMATION SESSION ... resident Charlie Souter with The Lodge's deputy manager Judith Hayes, left, and Kirsty Cunningham.

A SOUTH Tyneside care home opened its doors to help families who have loved ones diagnosed with dementia.

The Lodge Care Home, in Farnham Road, South Shields, hosted an information session for people to find out more about Alzheimer’s.

It is something we are looking at doing on a regular basis to help people understand more about Alzheimer’s.

Judith Hayes, The Lodge care home

It is estimated there are 33,334 people living with dementia in Tyne and Wear, and 800,000 people across the UK.

The free drop-in session was open to both families of residents and non-residents and was supported by the home’s dementia specialist Paul Storey.

Deputy manager of The Lodge Care Home, Judith Hayes, said: “The event was really well received by the families who found the drop-in sessions interesting.

“It is something we are looking at doing on a regular basis to help people understand more about Alzheimer’s.”

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. It can cause memory lapses or difficulty in learning new information.

Those diagnosed with the condition can go on to develop problems with other aspects of thinking including struggles with following conversation, judging distance and difficulties making decisions.

As well as opening the doors to the drop-in sessions which are set to become a regular feature, the care home also hosted a Time for a Cuppa event to show support for Dementia UK and the Admiral Nurses who work with those living with dementia providing much-needed practical and emotional support to family carers, as well as the person with dementia.

The Lodge Care Home, provides different levels of care including those living with dementia.

It regularly holds events and activities for its residents and surrounding neighbours. It is one of more than 350 care homes operated by Four Seasons Health Care across the UK.

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