St Albans care service offers new initiative to support dementia care

PUBLISHED: 18:00 15 May 2016

Nurses from Watford General Hospital get dementia training from Fiona Harrall of the St Albans based Home Instead Senior Care service.

Nurses from Watford General Hospital get dementia training from Fiona Harrall of the St Albans based Home Instead Senior Care service.

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Nurses and hospital staff have been given specialist dementia training from the owner of a St Albans care service for the elderly as part of a government-backed initiative.

Fiona Harrall, head of Home Instead Senior Care in St Albans, delivered the information sessions to more than 100 nurses and staff from Watford General Hospital, creating more than 100 new ‘dementia friends’ and making the hospital a more dementia friendly environment.

She said: “The workshops are a fantastic way to inform and educate people, whilst raising awareness of the condition in the local community.

“It helps people to understand dementia and empathise with people that are living with the condition, and their families.”

Fiona delivered four workshops as part of the government-backed initiative, teaching staff effective techniques for managing different behaviours associated with the condition.

Fiona and her husband Nick started up the Home Instead service in 2010 to support their clients to continue to live in their own homes.

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