Home Instead employees to be provided with additional dementia training

Care industry giants join forces with the Alzheimer's Society.

Home Instead employees to be provided with additional dementia training

Leading care provider Home Instead have a proud history of collaborating with high-profile personalities, businesses and institutions. In the past there have been partnerships with Alan Titchmarsh, Lorraine Kelly, Barclays Bank, Boots PLC and York University.

And now, the 35-year-old global franchise has joined forces with the Alzheimer’s Society with the purpose of providing extra dementia training for its UK work force. The company’s employees will receive additional dementia training from the Alzheimer’s Society during the next few months. Dementia is currently the leading cause of death in the UK, according to www.ons.gov.uk, with approximately 900,000 people living with the condition.

Home Instead’s UK care professionals are all City & Guilds qualified in dementia training, and this latest initiative will be extended to include all of its office employees as well.

Employees will be invited to participate in the aptly-titled Champions in Dementia Care program, which is a specialist course, developed and delivered by the Alzheimer’s Society. 

This training aligns closely with Tier 2 and Tier 3 of the Health Education England’s Dementia Training Standards Framework. It will equip office teams with an enhanced knowledge, as well as the skills, necessary to support and plan care for clients living with dementia.

Ruth Brown, Home Instead’s business development director, said in a statement: “We are delighted to be widening our offer of dementia training to encompass our wider teams. 

“This new training recognises the prevalence of dementia across the UK and the need for us, as leaders in the home care industry, to continue taking steps to support those living with dementia. 

“One person develops dementia every three minutes in the UK, so it is vital that we also adapt as a community to ensure we are fully inclusive to those with the condition. This training will give our local office teams a real boost in dementia expertise.”

The course will boost staff awareness, regarding issues such as how to respond to distressed behaviour, while continuing to ensure equality, diversity and inclusion in dementia care. Local Home Instead teams across the UK will now be able to ensure a smooth journey from the consultation stage and beyond.

About Home Instead: Starting out in the United States during the mid-1990s, the business established its UK base in 2005. They have more than 220 franchise offices across the UK, delivering over six million hours of quality care each year to more than 21,000 clients. The various franchise offices employ a total of over 10,000 caregivers, specialising in offering care and companionship in the home for older people. They also provide specialist dementia care, plus live-in care, end-of-life and respite care.

With head offices in Omaha, Nebraska, the company was founded by Paul and Lori Hogan. The franchise operates in four continents and has more than 1,100 offices worldwide. In addition to the United States, Great Britain and Ireland, Home Instead can also be found in Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Japan, Italy, New Zealand, Netherlands, Singapore and Switzerland. In 2021, they announced that they had been bought out by technology care specialists Honor.

Andy Swales
Andy Swales