LloydsPharmacy, the sister brand to independent living company Betterlife Healthcare, has been working on an initiative to support dementia patients and market household aids to carers and family members looking after people living with the disease.
The company partnered with the Alzheimer’s Society four years ago, but over the last three months, Gillian Hinsley, supervisor at LloydsPharmacy in Heywood, has been attending local Memory Wellbeing Cafés, which are run by the charity.
The sessions are designed to give those living with dementia and their carers the chance to meet other people undergoing similar experiences, hear information about dementia and be signposted to other available support services.
Nigel Swift, retail and marketing director at McKesson UK – LloydsPharmacy’s parent group – said that Hinsley regularly speaks at the events and communicates the advice and guidance that patients and carers can receive at LloydsPharmacy.
During the sessions, Hinsley displays a number of Betterlife products that she believes can help people in their homes, such as a shower stools and door openers.
Services including hearing tests, diabetes screening and blood pressure tests are also discussed.
Swift said: “I’m so proud of our colleagues who go the extra mile to support people in their communities who need it. Massive congratulations to Gillian, who after three months had her final café at the start of February, the support that she has given is invaluable.”