A series of events to raise awareness about dementia are taking place in Derby next week in support of Dementia Awareness Week.

The theme for this year’s campaign is ‘United Against Dementia’ and focuses particularly on how together we can support people to live positively with dementia both now and in the future.

Local people and groups are invited to get involved in the activities running next week (14 – 20 May), which aim to promote understanding and share information about dementia in a bid to tackle the illness head on.

Making Space, the local Dementia Support Service across Derby and Derbyshire, are running an information day at Derby Heights Care Home on 17 May. The day will include talks from dementia experts and a chance to meet professionals from local dementia services.

Other events include the ‘Tree of Life’ project involving trees with paper cranes and leaves being displayed at the Royal Derby Hospital and Council House, a question and answer session at the Hindu Temple with NHS healthcare experts and daily ‘Dementia Friends’ briefing sessions at the Council House.

Due to popular demand, this year also sees the return of the online course ‘Bridging the Dementia Divide’ hosted by Derby University. The free course looks at the global challenge of dementia and focuses on how to reduce the barriers between services to provide improved and seamless care.

Derby based Continuing Care Worker Mohammed Amin understands the importance of providing a supportive and positive environment when looking after people living with dementia.

Mohammed is working with a vulnerable gentleman who suffers from severe dementia. The gentleman initially received a care package consisting of four calls per day from carers working on a rota.  Due to the high number of strangers, the gentleman became distressed and agitated making his condition worse.

Mohammed met with the gentleman’s family and discussed his individual needs and requirements. It soon became apparent that the gentleman wanted to remain in his own home for as long as possible.

As a result of this, Mohammed used his own initiative to explore the option of a Personal Budget Direct Payment. He commissioned the support of Support Services ‘Roskel’ and worked with the gentleman’s immediate family to recruit a small team of their own Personal Assistants that they were happy with.

Mohammed identified the potential to access additional Continuing Care funding and successfully secured joint funding to provide high and comprehensive support to the gentleman living with dementia in the comfort of his own home.

The gentleman is now well supported through a system which suits him and his family has expressed great satisfaction to Mohammed for his continued efforts in ensuring their father’s individual needs were met and made a priority.

Ian Chennery, Strategic Commissioning and Partnerships Manager, commented: “With dementia figures constantly on the rise, it’s important we do everything we can to provide support to people living with dementia and try to tackle the issue.

“It would be fantastic if people got involved with the activities taking place and in particular the Dementia Friend Briefings. These aim to help people develop their own skillsets when it comes to interacting with people living with dementia and also their carers.

“My aim for the week is to develop a Dementia Awareness Network to get everyone to be able to communicate and share information. The more information we share amongst ourselves, the better our best practice awareness becomes and the stronger we can all stand united against dementia.”

For further information and to book onto events running during Dementia Awareness Week, please click here. Please note some events are listed as closed events and others require booking in advance.