Progress Housing Group becomes Dementia-Friendly for Dementia Awareness Week 2017

On the 11th May 2017, 14 staff members from Progress Housing Group attended Dementia Friends training at Sumner House, Leyland, where they found out what it is like to live with dementia and how to turn that understanding into actions.
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The hour-long Dementia Friends training session, a campaign run by the Alzheimer’s Society, was led by Sam Beatty, a Progress Housing Group staff member and Dementia Friends Champion.
The training aims to change the negative perceptions of Dementia, remove the fear and stigma associated with the disease and enable attendees to turn their understanding of dementia into practical actions, which will make Progress Housing accessible and welcoming for people living with dementia.
Steven McKiernan, Business Development Manager for Progress Lifeline said:
“1 in 14 people over the age of 65 will be affected by Dementia and 95% of Progress Lifeline customers fall into this age group. Therefore the Dementia Friends training was incredibly useful for our Progress Lifeline staff to enable them to understand more about a disease that affects many of our customers.” Steven McKiernan
After the training, the attendees, who work in a variety of roles within Progress Housing Group, were able to suggest small changes to their working environment and communication with customers, in order to make Progress Housing a dementia-friendly workplace.
Feedback from the attendees included:
“The Dementia Friends training raises awareness that sometimes we have to provide a service slightly differently in order to meet a customer’s needs.”
“I now want to make people more aware of the Dementia Friends campaign and get more people involved.”
14-20th May 2017 is Dementia Awareness Week, a campaign to raise awareness of Dementia and encourage people to stand united against Dementia. Find out more here.
Dementia Friends, an initiative by The Alzheimers Society, is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the nation thinks, acts and talks about the condition.