D Day for Dementia

RMBI Briefings on Dementia –

Currently around 850,000 people in the UK have received a dementia diagnosis and that number is predicted to rise to over one million by 2025.

Provincial Grand Almoner, Hugh Saville, said, “as Provincial Almoner, I see increasing numbers of enquiries for support where dementia is involved, and I don’t suppose there is a single Middlesex Lodge, or Chapter where a member doesn’t know of someone who has received a dementia diagnosis”.

Anne Child MBE

To provide Middlesex Brethren with more information about dementia, Anne Child, Pharmacy and Dementia Specialist Lead at The Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution Care Company (RMBI Care Co.), and Debbie Hollands, RMBI Care Co.’s Residents Placement Manager visited Cole Court on 29th October and Harrow on 30th October to speak about dementia.

All Middlesex Brethren had been invited. Anne is a dementia specialist and in 2014 received an MBE for services to dementia.

She has also worked for the Care Quality Commission, and was appointed programme guardian for care home medication with the College of Pharmacy Practice. She is also on the national steering group for Parkinson’s UK.

The key message from Anne’s presentation was that dementia was not a single condition, but a name for a family of memory-related conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease and a number of different types of dementia (vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, frontotemporal dementia, etc.).

Anne also explained the features of these different types of dementia, with advice on how best to communicate with someone with the condition.

She also emphasised the importance of getting the most from the remaining capabilities retained by person, rather than mourning what has been lost.

Debbie Hollands gave a very informative explanation of the procedures for applying to be a resident at one of the 17 RMBI Care Co. Homes for older people, together with guidelines on funding, also some advice on the most appropriate timing and when to apply.

She also highlighted what RMBI Care Co. can offer in terms of care.

Both presentations were sensitive and informative.

Each generated a lot of questions, and were very well received.

If any Brother would like a synopsis of Anne Child’s presentation, please email Hugh Saville at middlesex.almoner@mibd.co.uk

Also, both Anne Childs and Debbie Hollands are happy to offer advice and support to any Brother.

If you want to discuss memory-related diagnoses in general (she cannot discuss specific cases), contact Anne at Achild@rmbi.org.uk, or if it’s a query on admissions to an RMBI Care Co. Home, contact Debbie at dhollands@rmbi.org.uk


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