More than 200 home care directors, dementia nurses, police officers and social care professionals gathered in London on Monday to hear ideas on how to better support and care for people with dementia.
Internationally acclaimed dementia care expert, Teepa Snow, delivered a dementia workshop to a packed hall at the Lantern Arts Centre in Raynes Park, Wimbledon.
Her goal, as a trainer and consultant, is to help communities, professionals and families develop the awareness, knowledge and skills they need to support someone living with the brain changes of dementia.
The interactive workshop, organised by Clare Jeffries, director of Home Instead Senior Care’s Wimbledon & Kingston branch, was attended by 40 local Home Instead owners, as well as members of the provider’s national office team.
Commenting on the workshop, Jefferies said: “I am always thinking about those in the community including our clients and their families and look for ways we can help support them either through our care or events and clubs in the community. To get Teepa to run a workshop in Wimbledon was like a dream come true.
“I have followed Teepa on YouTube for many years. She brings dementia to life, offering practical solutions to real life situations. I have tried over the years to replicate her techniques as she is so engaging. Teepa taught us how to manage challenging situations with someone living with dementia, but also to understand why the person with dementia reacts in the way they do.”
Caroline Kanso, Home Instead’s head of Strategic Partnerships, also attended the event.
She said: “It was really wonderful being part of the dementia workshop earlier this week. Teepa is an excellent educator and an excellent entertainer. Her teachings will be valuable for everyone that had the privilege to attend her workshop.”