Ashridge Home Care is asking the public to join them on a socially distanced Memory Walk to raise awareness of dementia and the impact the diagnosis can have a person and their loved ones.
The walk will take place on Sunday, September 27, in Ashridge Forest, near Tring.
Amersham based Ashridge Home Care, offers support to those in need of a helping hand be that 24 hour live-in care or simply a few hours each week from a visiting carer.
Many of its clients are living with dementia and the recent lockdown has been particularly hard on them as a change in routine can be a real struggle.
One carer tells a heartbreaking story of her client who could not understand why he couldn’t visit his family on the other side of the village and was insisting to walk there despite recently having undergone hip surgery.
She called ahead to warn the family and then walked for over an hour with the chap to keep him safe. When they arrived on the front door step the family had to explain that there was a pandemic and he couldn’t come in so she then had to accompany him back as they were not allowed drive him home in the car.
These incidents can be frequent for those living with dementia and patient, understanding carers can make all the difference to those living with dementia, keeping them safe and well looked after.
Ashridge Home Care specialises in supporting clients with dementia, be that individuals or couples.
Before lockdown, Ashridge launched the first ever dementia friendly exercise classes.
Founder and managing director Trudi Scrivener said: “A #memorywalk is a fantastic way to make a real difference for people affected by dementia.
"Whether you walk 10,000 steps, 10 miles or for 10 minutes, get ready to make it your walk, your way.
"You can choose to walk on your own, with clients, friends or family or even your four-legged friends.
“Our carers are fully trained in dementia care, and we encourage the use of many specialist methods and techniques to help keep your loved one content and engaged.
"We spend a great deal of time getting to know the person in our care – what makes them tick, what their interests are, and how they like things to be.
"Anyone who has a loved one living with dementia will know that there are good days and bad days, and for us, dementia care is all about acknowledging this. It’s about making the most of the good days and providing extra reassurance and attention to detail for the not-so-good-days.”
Join the Ashridge Home Care Team in Ashridge Forest on Sunday, call 01494 917344 to register your interest to be part of the walk or walk independently.
You can also visit memorywalk.org.uk #UnitedAgainstDementia to register.