A Caremark home care service based in Kent hosted a dementia conference yesterday to raise awareness around the condition and the support available in the community.
Caremark Thanet welcomed members of the public to the event in Broadstairs to hear talks on the different types of dementia, symptoms, treatments and care options.
Speakers included Jade Garlick, a local admiral nurse; Ruth Dolan, a charted financial planner from Tarvos Wealth; and Julie Thurman-Newall of Thanet Dementia Hub.
Representatives from Age UK Thanet, Thanet Over Fifties Forum, Tarvos Wealth, Carer’s Support, Furley Page and a holistic therapist were also available to speak with attendees.
Explaining Caremark Thanet’s inspiration behind the event, business development manager Jemma Clayton told Home Care Insight: “We made the decision to hold a dementia conference because, as a condition, we still find many people are unsure of the signs, symptoms, treatments and support available. We wanted to offer insight to local sufferers and their families. It’s really important to us, as a local care provider, we offer guidance and information to those living with Dementia in the community.
“The day went really well and we’ve had some great feedback from the attendees and stallholders. Thank you to all the speakers who came along – your advice has been invaluable and could make all the difference to someone living with dementia.”
Around 40 members of the public attended the event, most of whom have dementia.
Caremark Thanet managing director Garry Costain said: “We had a lot of very positive feedback from the attendees, who said they came away feeling informed. It was quite an emotional event, as most of the guests suffer with dementia, or are close to someone who has it. We felt as though the event achieved what we had hoped it would.”
The provider plans to host another event this year, focused on end-of-life care.
“Like dementia, this topic isn’t discussed openly enough, so we’d like to offer our support and insight to our community,” said Costain.