New dementia workshops for carers in Bearsden

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A local company which provides at-home care for older people is launching free dementia training workshops to local families.

The ground-breaking sessions are for those with loved ones who are affected by Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. They were adapted from City & Guilds accredited dementia training programme and the first one will be at Home Instead’s office in Bearsden in January 2015.

Suhail Rehman from Home Instead said: “People prefer to remain at home and this is particularly relevant for dementia sufferers who benefit from familiar surroundings and routines. However, when family members take on the role of being the main carer they can become overwhelmed, physically and mentally with the uncertainties and pressures of caring for a loved one.

“This workshop will teach people to identify the typical signs of dementia and gain a better understanding of the condition.

“It will also arm family carers and others in the community with effective techniques for managing the many different and sometimes challenging behaviours associated with dementia including refusal, delusions, aggression, false accusations, wandering and agitation.

“The workshop will not just be limited to family members however, it will be available to local people living and working in the community, in fact, it will be accessible to anyone who may interact with someone with dementia. Our aim is to reach out to everyone in the local community.”

To register call 0141 249 0574 or visit