A specialist dementia nurse service in Cheshire and Wirral is running a number of drop-in sessions for families living with dementia during National Grief Awareness Week.
Running from December 2-8, National Grief Awareness Week was set up by the Good Grief Trust to help people to raise awareness of the breadth of support available across the UK.
The drop-in sessions are being delivered by Dementia Resource Community (DRC) in partnership with Dementia UK, the specialist dementia nurse charity and Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
The sessions are taking place at:
Waters Green Medical Centre in Cumberland House, Macclesfield. Wednesday, December 7th from 9am-12.30pm. Admiral Nurse Laura Birch will be running a drop-in session.
Oakmere Room at Vale House Resource Centre, High Street, Winsford. Wednesday, December 7th from 2-4pm. Admiral Nurse Kate Pugh will be running a drop-in session.
Hooton Meeting Centre, Hooton. Wednesday, December 7th and Thursday, December 8th. Admiral Nurse Kim Griffiths will run two closed groups for people living with dementia and their carers.
There will be further grief related sessions around the Wirral, including:
Anne Calvert, an Admiral Nurse based at Nautilus Welfare Fund, Trinity House Hub in Mariners’ Park, Wallasey, will be running a ‘cuppa time’ with residents, families and staff.
Admiral Nurse Cathrina Moore, the founder of Dementia Resource Community, will also be running short educational sessions with care home staff at Chapel House Care in Puddington during grief week. Staff will have access to counselling services as part of the care home’s staff welfare benefits.
To follow on from National Grief Awareness Week, Admiral Nurses in partnership with Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Health will be running a regular Grief Group in Puddington.
Launching on 31st January 2023, it will take place on the last Tuesday of every month in the Gift Café on Chapel House Lane in Puddington, Cheshire. It will run from 10.30am-12.30pm and is aimed at former carers of a loved one with dementia who have been bereaved. For more information contact Debbie on 0151 353 2043.
Cathrina said: “When caring for a person with dementia, feelings of grief and loss are common and it can feel very distressing. A person may experience these emotions witnessing the changes in their loved one’s behaviour and reflecting on the relationship they once had.
“Grief is a natural response to loss and everyone will react differently. Dementia UK’s Admiral Nurses can offer practical and emotional support to families experiencing loss, to help them work through their emotions from the point of diagnosis onwards.”
Admiral Nurses are continually supported and developed by Dementia UK to provide life-changing support for families affected by all forms of dementia.
For more information on Cheshire’s Admiral Nurse service, please visit https://www.dementiaresourcecommunity.co.uk/
If you need advice or support around dementia, you can visit www.dementiauk.org/get-support for information resources and to find out how to access Dementia UK’s national Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline and Clinics services.