Staff at the independent home adaptations agency, Care and Repair in Powys, are now pleased to be able to officially describe themselves as Dementia Friends with the support of a nationwide initiative.

The home visiting and office based staff of Care and Repair, plus the management team, all took part in a training session at their Llandrindod Wells headquarters, led by Rhiannon Davies, Chair of Dementia Friendly Brecon.

The team members were given information on the early signs of dementia and the simple adjustments that can be made to help people with the disease remain safe and independent in their homes, a key priority for Care and Repair. Staff also shared first hand experiences of clients and relatives with progressive memory loss.

Staff will now be putting their understanding into action with vulnerable or older clients in Powys, and have undertaken to help spread the message to support social inclusion in the community for people with dementia.

Karen Kelly, Director of Care and Repair in Powys, said, “We are delighted to be working with dementia friends to ensure we provide appropriate services to people with dementia and their carers.”

It was recently announced by the lead organisation Alzheimer’s Society that over 1million people in England have committed to be Dementia Friends and the initiative celebrated its first anniversary in Wales on 25th February 2015. Dementia Friends sessions are run by volunteer Champions.

Other communities and workplaces in Powys that are working to be Dementia Friendly include Knighton, Machynlleth, Dyfed-Powys Police, Mid & West Wales Fire & Rescue Service and Brecon Beacons National Park Authority.