Cottage in the Dales are working towards providing 'Dementia Friendly' accommodation at our fully accessible cottage, The Dairy. We will be providing more information here very soon, for example :
* What is provided in our dementia friendly accommodation
* Why and how Dementia Friendly Accommodation can help our guests
* What places of interest, activities and attractions are available locally that are dementia friendly
* What are the dementia support facilities available locally
Why are we doing this?
Both Diane and Andrew have received the education from the Alzheimers Society and are now 'Dementia Friends'. This training helped Diane on a personal level over the last few years as her mother's diagnosis of vascular dementia after a stroke quickly affected her mentally rather than physically. Finding it hard to communicate with a loved one that appears to be disappearing before your very eyes in so many ways, the Dementia Friends education helped Diane enormously to cope with the changing, increasingly difficult and emotional situations. Sadly, Diane's mother died of this terminal disease in early 2019. We are proud to provide dementia friendly accommodation at The Dairy in memory of Diane's mother, Norma Metcalfe of Hartlepool.
What is Dementia-Friendly?
Take a look at the VisitEngland developed guide below which provides an introduction to understand dementia and the challenges faced by people affected by dementia. Dementia affects people in so many different ways, both physically and/or mentally. There are suggestions of what we can do as individuals and as a business to help people with dementia live well and enjoy staying at The Dairy and visiting the Yorkshire Dales. This includes improving the physical environment and also most importantly how we can communicate with someone with dementia. It really is small simple things that can make such a big difference to someone living with dementia.
Please be aware that it is important to say that someone is living with, or affected by, dementia rather than suffering from dementia.Thank you to VisitEngland & the Alzheimers Society for providing excellent practical guidance on how to be an dementia friendly business.
Become a Dementia Friend
Learn more about what it is like to live with dementia and turn that understanding into action. A Dementia Friend is somebody that learns about dementia so they can help their community. Too many people affected by dementia feel that society fails to understand the condition they live with. Dementia Friends help by raising awareness and understanding, so that people living with dementia can continue to live in the way they want. Dementia Friends help people living with dementia by taking actions - both big and small, which we can do through our business and also personally.
We would highly recommend becoming a 'Dementia Friend'. The education is about 1.5 hours long and available free of charge across the country. Click on our own 'Dementia Friend' badge below to find out where and when your nearest education is happening. After your education, we know you will be proud to wear your own Dementia Friend badge.