Healthwatch Lancashire become “Dementia Friends”
Healthwatch Lancashire volunteers and staff members joined together this week to learn more about dementia and what it is to be a “Dementia Friend”.
A representative from Dementia Friends provided a training session which helped members of the Healthwatch Lancashire team and volunteers to understand more about dementia. The session also provided participants with information about how we can all create dementia friendly communities within Lancashire.
This training will prove particularly useful for Healthwatch Lancashire volunteers and staff members when undertaking PLACE (patient-led assessment of the care environment) assessments. From 2015, it has been a requirement for PLACE assessments to cover how suitable healthcare environments are for dementia patients.
The Dementia Friends programme is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the nation thinks, talks and acts about the condition.
The dementia friends training was part of a volunteer get-together. These events give our volunteers the opportunity to meet other volunteers and to share their views and thoughts with the Healthwatch Lancashire team regarding activities which they undertake.