Memory Bus Drives Dementia Awareness
Monday, April 7th, 2014
on behalf of Bupa Care Services
Anyone concerned about dementia or who is interested in learning more about the condition is invited to visit the Memory Bus when it stops at Bupa’s Pentland Hill Care Home, Edinburgh, on April 7. Individuals will have the opportunity to access information and gain advice from dementia experts.
Kirsty Dace, Bupa’s Scottish Director, said the tie up with Alzheimer Scotland aims to offer support not only to people living with dementia but to relatives, friends and members of the general public who are concerned or would like more information.
“Together with Alzheimer Scotland we want to help people living with dementia and their loved ones understand who they can turn to for help and advice.
“By offering the chance to visit the memory bus at our local care homes, it will help give people the opportunity to discuss all of the options and support which are available.”
Catherine Thomas, Corporate and Trusts Fundraising Manager for Alzheimer Scotland, said it is important to provide reassurance that people with dementia can still lead a fulfilling life after being diagnosed.
She said: “It is extremely important to Alzheimer Scotland that we raise awareness of dementia throughout Scotland.
“Our aim is to ensure that no-one has to face this illness alone and providing the Memory Bus makes it easier for individuals to access support and information.
“We are aware that some people feel more comfortable discussing concerns face-to-face but lack the access to trained professionals, which is why we want to bring that support straight to them with the Memory Bus.”
Tom Bohlke, Bupa’s Regional Clinical Services Manager, will be at every stop of the Memory Bus tour, providing specialist advice and support. As well as having a Masters in Dementia Studies, Tom works closely with Professor Graham Stokes, Bupa’s Director of Dementia Care and one of the UK’s leading experts on the condition.
The Memory Bus will visit Pentland Hill Care Home, 23/27 Gylemuir Road, Edinburgh, on April 7 between 12-4pm.
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