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Pioneering memory loss home service proving a success in Dorset
A PIONEERING respite service to help people with memory loss is being rolled out across Dorset.
East Boro Housing Trust is now offering its Home from Home service for people with dementia and memory loss and their carers across the county.
It is hoping to recruit people to assist with the programme by hosting daily social groups in their own homes.
The service, which has been successfully operating in Bournemouth and Poole, gives sufferers an opportunity to meet and socialise.
Sam Way, East Boro’s Home from Home co-ordinator, said: “Dementia and memory loss can be extremely distressing and isolating.
“Our Home from Home service gives people the opportunity to chat, make new friends and enjoy activities in a supportive and caring environment.
“At Home from Home we treat people as people, not as sufferers and at all times we encourage them to be as independent as possible.
“The service is also great for carers as it gives them an opportunity to do the things they need to do, safe in the knowledge the person they care for is being supported.”
She added: “This sort of respite is crucial for all involved and it can make a positive difference to people’s lives.
“Many carers in Bournemouth and Poole say the people they care for are happier and more confident and sociable since attending Home from Home.”
Hosts will welcome up to four people aged 55 and over into their homes between 9am and 3pm on week days.
There they provide a range of person-centred activities, as well as a two-course lunch and refreshments.
Miss Way added: “It would suit anyone who already works in a social care or health setting or who is a carer for a friend or relative already. However, this is not essential because full training will be given.”
Hosts are needed in the Weymouth and Portland area. Contact Miss Way on 01202 883503 or send an email to email@example.com.
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