A CHESTER care home is hoping to get people talking about dementia as part of a national campaign to remove the stigma around the disease.

Deewater Grange, on Chester Road, is inviting member of the community for a special event as part of The Big Dementia Conversation on Tuesday, February 20, from 2pm to 4pm. The campaign aims to tackle difficult topics associated with the condition.

According to a recent survey, commissioned by Care UK, eight in ten adults believe dementia is still misunderstood, with 69 percent of the nation believing it’s a subject which is not talked about enough in society. Many people also admit finding the condition uncomfortable to discuss –something Care UK is hoping to change by launching The Big Dementia Conversation. 

The Let’s Talk About Dementia session at Deewater Grange will be led by the home’s Dementia Champion, Sophie Clements, and Customer Relations Manager Andrew Kenny, and will provide insight into some of the lesser-known signs and symptoms of dementia, as well as guidance on how families may support their loved ones after a diagnosis.   

In addition, a newly launched online advice hub will also be made available. The hub akes a closer look at some of the less-talked-about symptoms of dementia, from changes in personality to loss of inhibition or obsessive compulsive behaviour. The hub will contain expert advice from Care UK’s dementia specialists, who have more than 40 years of experience providing care for people living with the condition. 

Sally Cooper, Home Manager at Deewater Grange, said: “Dementia affects millions of lives every year, not just those diagnosed but also their families and friends. We understand how difficult it can be navigating the changes that come when caring for a loved one living with dementia, and the many questions people have.   

“Here at Deewater Grange, we recognise the importance and value of talking to one another, whether that be sharing advice or concerns, seeking support, or sometimes simply having someone there to listen. The Big Dementia Conversation offers the perfect opportunity for families to come together, learn from the experts, and find comfort in those in a similar position.

“With extensive experience caring for residents living with the condition, the team here at Deewater Grange have a lot of knowledge and advice to share. We’re looking forward to welcoming the local community for what we anticipate will be an incredibly helpful afternoon for all involved.”

Further information about the Care UK Big Dementia Conversation initiative is available on the Care UK website.

For more information about Deewater Grange or to book your place for the event, call Customer Relations Manager, Andrew Kenny on 01244259480 or email andrew.kenny@careuk.com.