An important part of the May calendar is Dementia Action Week, organised by the Alzheimer’s Society, which runs all this week and aims to raise awareness of the condition which affects so many people and their families too.
At 24-7 Staffing, we are all too aware of the impact dementia has on people, not least because we learn of it from our hardworking and dedicated team of healthcare staff, who we place in care homes and in care support settings.
All our healthcare recruitment team have either a care or a nursing background, and work hard to ensure the staff they place are right for the setting. This is as important for the candidates as it is for the people they are looking after.
For example, we are working with a client who has care settings around Wiltshire, with the recent addition of a home for adults with learning difficulties and also with dementia. Here, we ensure the staff we place have experience of supporting people who are affected in this way.
In another example, we have put together an experienced team to offer 24-hour care, in a care home, for one individual whose dementia needs are particularly challenging. Each member of the team visited this person first while she was in hospital, so they could get to understand her and her needs before they took on her care.
It’s also very important to give continuity, particularly for people with dementia, so we try hard to ensure the same staff are placed in the same settings – familiar faces, who really know the setting and their job. And of course, we have a fantastic bank of candidates, who are truly dedicated to dementia care.
A bit more on Dementia Action Week
The Alzheimer’s Society is asking everyone to take actions big or small to improve the lives of people affected by dementia – we all have a role to play.
In the UK, one person develops dementia every three minutes. Yet too many people living with dementia face the condition alone and excluded from society.
The Alzheimer’s Society is leading the movement for change. The charity is determined to create a dementia-friendly UK where people with dementia are included and supported to live the lives they want.
But the charity can’t do this alone. It wants everybody to take a small action to make a difference. So how can you help?
Here are some ideas:
- Host a fundraising event
- Display a poster
- Look out for events in your area and attend them
- Become a ‘dementia friend’
- Offer support to those with dementia and their families
If you are a healthcare worker, with experience of working with people with dementia, and have the passion and commitment it takes then please get in touch with the team.