Getting Leatherhead talking – Local care home joins The Big Dementia Conversation

A care home in Leatherhead is calling on local people to take part in a national conversation to learn more about dementia.
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On Thursday 25th January, from 2.30pm-4pm, Care UK’s Liberham Lodge on Rectory Lane is inviting members of the community for a special event as part of The Big Dementia Conversation – a nationwide initiative designed to encourage people to talk about dementia, including some of the most difficult topics associated with the condition.

According to a recent survey, commissioned by Care UK, eight in ten adults believe dementia is still misunderstood, with 69 percent of the nation believing it’s a subject which is not talked about enough in society. Many people also admit finding the condition uncomfortable to discuss – something Care UK is hoping to change by launching The Big Dementia Conversation.

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At Liberham Lodge, the team is hosting a Dementia Café. Aimed at those living with or caring for someone with dementia, the afternoon provides an opportunity for individuals to meet others in a similar position, where they can connect and share experiences, as well as get support from team members.

Leatherhead care home is taking part in The Big Dementia Conversation. Picture: submittedLeatherhead care home is taking part in The Big Dementia Conversation. Picture: submitted
Leatherhead care home is taking part in The Big Dementia Conversation. Picture: submitted

In addition to the event, the Leatherhead community can also visit a newly launched online advice hub. The hub takes a closer look at some of the less-talked-about symptoms of dementia, with expert advice from Care UK’s dementia specialists, who have more than 40 years of experience providing care for people living with the condition.

Jagpal Singh, General Manager at Liberham Lodge, said: “Dementia affects millions of lives every year, not just those diagnosed but also their families and friends. We understand how difficult it can be navigating the changes that come when caring for a loved one living with dementia, and the many questions people have.

“Here at Liberham Lodge, we recognise the importance and value of talking to one another, whether that be sharing advice or concerns, seeking support, or sometimes simply having someone there to listen. The Big Dementia Conversation offers the perfect opportunity for families to come together, learn from the experts, and find comfort in those in a similar position.

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“With extensive experience caring for residents living with the condition, the team here at Liberham Lodge have a lot of knowledge and advice to share. We’re looking forward to welcoming the local community and sharing this advice for what we anticipate will be an incredibly helpful afternoon for all involved.”

To find out more about Care UK’s Big Dementia Conversation initiative, please visit: careuk.com/thebigdementiaconversation

For more information on Liberham Lodge and to book your place for the event, please call, Christine Mintrim Home Admissions Advisor on 01372 887982, or email [email protected]

Designed to enable residents to live active and fulfilled lives, while also promoting independence, Care UK incorporates space for hobby and leisure activities. The layout of the home has been configured to help facilitate the creation of close-knit communities and encourage social interaction among the residents.

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