Caister care home launches dementia sessions for the Great Yarmouth area

The group from Claremont House and Lodge, led by manager Christine Morgan, are setting up a free for

The group from Claremont House and Lodge, led by manager Christine Morgan, are setting up a free fortnightly support group at the home Picture: Claremont House and Lodge, - Credit: Archant

A group of carers and nurses from a residential nursing home in Caister are launching a new project to help make the Great Yarmouth area dementia friendly.

The group from Claremont House and Lodge, led by manager Christine Morgan, are setting up a free fortnightly support group at the home, with the first one on Tuesday, April 4 between 2pm and 4pm.

It aims to provide answers to people who may have been diagnosed with dementia and may be looking for additional guidance, as well as for those caring for a loved one who may wish to meet others experiencing the same as them in a friendly and supportive environment.

It is also an opportunity for the community to come and find out more about dementia and to receive advice on how best to interact and support those living with the effects of the condition across the area.

Christine said: 'I was recently involved in a televised discussion on making Norwich 'dementia friendly' and it struck me that better, centralised support should also be made available in Great Yarmouth.


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'With dementia on the increase, I believe it is important for people to have access to the right support and information, as well as to be able to ask questions, seek advice and share experiences – this is exactly what our fortnightly group will do.'

The groups will be held every fortnight at Claremont House and will be a place for local carers, their family members/friends, local shop owners/staff, local taxi firms and other businesses that work with the general public to come together.

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It is hoped that business owners will participate to learn more about dementia and how to cope within the community when faced with specific circumstances.

Christine added: 'Dementia is a challenging and complicated condition and many people find themselves with a loved one who has been diagnosed, or perhaps they know a member of the community who needs help, yet they don't have the knowledge or experience to support that person effectively.

'We are opening our doors at Claremont to share our experiences and advice, as well as invite other experts to come in and speak to help make it easier for members of the community. It is my goal to make Great Yarmouth 'dementia friendly', which will help those people who live with dementia feel understood, valued and able to contribute to their community.'

For more information on the fortnightly sessions call 01493 377041.

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