Harmonize Care in Nayland supports Dementia Awareness Week with series of events to highlight impact of disease on patients and families
A virtual dementia experience will headline a week of events at a Suffolk care service, which hopes to highlight the impact the disease has, not only on patients, but also their families who care for them.
Nayland-based Harmonize Care has given its backing to Dementia Awareness Week, a national campaign running from Monday to the following Sunday, while also planning a series of fundraisers in support of the Alzheimer’s Society.
Today, the care service is hosting the Virtual Dementia Tour – a specialist simulator that gives people with a healthy brain an experience of what dementia might be like – at its head office in Wiston Road.
Staff at the care service, which supports people living in their own homes, are also hosting a coffee morning on Wednesday, and are taking part in a sponsored skydive and a 12-hour bean bath during the week, as part of the fundraising efforts.
Rachel Tighe, manager at Harmonize Care, said the service works with dementia patients and their families and carers on a daily basis, and has seen first hand the challenges that they deal with.
“It’s very important to raise awareness for people, but also the families who care for them,” she told Suffolk News. “There’s a lot of people out there, and they aren’t always recognised.
“I think the biggest challenge is the pressure that families are being put under to provide care, with little knowledge of the services available to help them.
“That’s one of the reasons for our coffee mornings. We can point them in the right direction, whether they need care support, or an advocacy service, to relieve the stress they are under.
“We’re also supporting the Alzheimer’s Society, to raise money so it can continue the work it does.”
Harmonize Care currently supports people living in Sudbury, Great Cornard, Long Melford, Clare, Cavendish, Lavenham, Great Waldingfield, Newton, Assington, Leavenheath and Nayland.
In addition to home care, it also provides training services for companies.
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