25th Nov, 2020

Malvern businesses making town more dementia friendly

BUSINESS owners throughout the Malvern Hills are displaying stickers to show they are taking steps to make sure people living with dementia are understood, respected and supported.

The district was recognised by The Alzheimer’s Society as ‘working to become a dementia-friendly community’ after a number of organisations joined together to hold a series of activities in the area.

The events included the distribution of free leaflets to help more than 50 businesses become more Dementia Friendly and six sessions creating more than 100 new dementia friends. The information leaflets offered ideas on how to take small steps, from being more patient in a shop queue to campaigning for change.

Rachel Vann, Malvern Hills District Council’s health and well-being officer, said: “It is great to see more and more people becoming Dementia Friends making a positive difference to people living with dementia in the Malvern Hills.

“It’s easy to get involved and shows how simple steps can ensure people living with the condition are respected and supported.”

Lorna Regan, wellbeing advisor at Fortis Living, said the housing provider was pleased to be backing the drive.

“As an organisation, we have taken steps to make sure we are working in a dementia-friendly way.”

Visit www.dementiaaction.org.uk and www.alzheimers.org.uk for more information. Organisations should email getactive@malvernhills.gov.uk to request the free stickers and to start developing an action plan to becoming dementia friendly.

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