Specialist rehabilitation and care group opens its doors to share expertise in dementia with members of the community


A specialist Cambridgeshire rehabilitation and care group is inviting the local community to come along to its valuable and informative dementia training course this winter.

Askham Village Community, a family-run group of specialist nursing and rehab centres on the edge of Doddington, is hosting its second dementia training course for members of the public, non-professional carers, and family members of residents on Monday, December 16th.

The training session will offer practical and insightful support and advice on how to support those with dementia, including handling and communication. The aim is to improve the wellbeing and experience of people with dementia and those they interact with regularly. In addition, the course hopes to improve the attendees’ confidence in managing situations they may find challenging.

“We have looked after people with dementia here at Askham for over three decades and we would like to share our learning with members of the public who may be struggling at home to understand what loved ones may be going through,” said Aliyyah-Begum Nasser, Director at the second-generation run Askham.

Launched in the summer by the group’s training and development manager, Michelle Barker, Askham has hosted open courses on a number of areas that members of the public who look after relatives or friends at home may benefit from. This includes moving and positioning as well as dementia awareness – the latter proving so popular that the care group are running the session again.

Always endeavouring to assist the local community, the group’s courses help to better support members of the public’s friends and families via the team’s wealth of practical expertise in the care field.

Michelle said: “The previous two training courses were a complete success from the learner’s perspective, so we’ve decided to run the dementia session again for members of the public who weren’t able to attend the last event.

“Dementia can often be misunderstood, and it can be emotionally very challenging to interact with relatives who are suffering. These courses are designed to be informative and engaging, offering the support and advice needed to ensure those with dementia receive the utmost care.”

There are currently more than 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, which is set to rise to more than one million by 2021. The disease is an umbrella term for a range of progressive conditions that affect the brain.

There are more than 200 subtypes of dementia, but the five most common are: Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, frontotemporal dementia, and mixed dementia.

A family-run business for over 30 years, Askham Village Community provides specialist nursing and care for the very young to the elderly, offering day visits, respite or long-term care, goal-focussed rehabilitation, and continuing reablement support.

The care group’s training sessions cover a number of specialist areas where its team has vast experience, and where relatives can sometimes struggle when providing care at home, or in a non-professional setting. Future sessions in 2020 will cover brain injury, positive behaviour support, moving and handling, and dementia awareness.

The dementia training course will take place from 5.30pm to 7.30pm and anyone interested in attending should contact Michelle by calling 07834 818877, or emailing Michelle.Barker@askhamvillagecommunity.com.

For more information on Askham’s AVC Training, please visit avctraining.net.