ClwydAlyn marks Dementia Action week
Dementia affects many people in different ways and this year ClwydAlyn has been part of the Dementia Action Week campaign to highlight and support the fight to tackle this disease.
Although there is currently no cure for dementia, ClwydAlyn is committed to supporting those diagnosed and has opened its doors to one of its care facilities to highlight the amazing care it offers.
Set in a quiet residential area of Chirk, Wrexham; Chirk Court is ClwydAlyn’s purpose-built dementia Care Home, which offers state-of-the-art facilities at the site, providing excellent support for those living with dementia and a focus of living at our best, regardless of health and memory impairments.
Lisa Johnson, who is the Care Home Manager at Chirk Court said:
“Dementia is a disease which as people we all fear, and we at Chirk Court are on a mission to support residents and provide them with a home for living life.
“The care we offer here is totally personalised and is focused on person-centred care and support, from initial diagnosis and enabling every one of the residents to live their life to their individual potential, through to end of life care, which we also support people through with specialised palliative care staff support, enabling the person to both live and conclude their life within their home at Chirk Court.”
This year’s campaign runs from 16 – 22 May and the theme is diagnosis, with people who may be living with undiagnosed dementia being encouraged to come forward and feel supported to take the next step.
Described as a set of symptoms that over time can affect memory, problem-solving, language and behaviour; dementia is a progressive disease, which means symptoms may be relatively mild at first, but they get worse over time. Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia.
Here to support residents and families, Lisa and the team at Chirk Court are always on hand as those living with this disease go on this journey, providing excellent dementia support whilst also focusing on allowing them to live their best life.
“It is really important that those living with dementia continue to do the things that matter most to them for as long as possible. This may include things like dancing, watching a favourite film, visiting a special place, having the opportunity to share stories with others and getting involved in activities with their peers.
“As well as the person with dementia it is also important to recognise that family, friends and carers are also living with dementia, and we recognise the importance of ensuring that they are part of this journey, discussing and informing them of any changes as well as offering reassurance during difficult times.
"I am really pleased and privileged to be part of the team involved in making Chirk Court a safe place for those living with dementia. It is all about providing residents the quality of life they want, not what others want for them and we ensure that each person’s voice and wishes are heard.”
As worrying as it can be to have a loved one diagnosed with dementia, it’s important to remember that a diagnosis isn’t the end, but rather the beginning of a new journey – one we hope that we at Chirk Court can fully support residents and families navigate through.
“I know first-hand just how families feel when a loved one is diagnosed with dementia. It’s often a confusing time and it’s easy to feel powerless and alone. You’re not alone. Here at Chirk Court the team will support and guide you through your challenges and will be with you every step of the way supporting you."
For further information on Chirk Court and the dementia friendly care it offers please visit: https://www.chirkcourt.co.uk/