‘Elf & Safety’ is top of the agenda for Shropshire ‘Elf’ professionals as they support The Alzheimer’s Society

Bluebird Care Shropshire is supporting The Alzheimer's Society this Friday as they take part in ELF DAY to offer support and raise awareness of dementia.

The company, which was recently graded ‘Good’ across the board by the Care Quality Commission, provides at-home care to people living in Shrewsbury, Church Stretton, Oswestry, Ellesmere and the surrounding areas. It will be holding activities at its head offices in Bayston Hill and offices on Albion Hill in Oswestry town centre, as well as running a special session at the Oak Meadow Primary School in Bayston Hill.

Carers and staff will swap their uniforms for Elf outfits as they undertake various tasks including dementia awareness sessions with HR Manager Ceri Eades at the school and Oswestry office, as well as a quiz, colouring competitions, ‘Elf & Safety’ Training with Training Officer Claire Gwilliam, and they’ll be baking and selling cakes.

Director of Care, Claire Flavell, said: “We are really throwing ourselves behind this fun Christmassy event at both offices, but there’s a very serious message behind it that we feel a responsibility to the community to spread the word about. Christmas can be a very lonely time for families living with dementia. It can affect people of all ages, although it is more common in the elderly.

“It isn’t just extremely isolating for people suffering with the illness, but can also be incredibly difficult for their families. This is why we are holding a dementia awareness session in the local primary school so we can begin helping young people understand what they can do to help their loves ones. Education about what people can do to help really can transform lives.

“We are the official partners of Shropshire Fire & Rescue Service and have held dementia awareness sessions with their staff as well as many other groups around Shropshire as we work to create ‘dementia friends’.

“We will be holding an open house at our offices so please so feel free to pop in, support us and learn more from 9.30am to 3pm including spotting the signs of dementia, living with and caring for someone with the illness including ways to make their home safer and how people can find out more about getting diagnosis and help. If anyone would like to attend the dementia awareness session at 12.30pm at our Oswestry offices, we request they call to book on 01743 874843.”

For more information about Bluebird Care Shropshire, call 01743 874843, email [email protected] or visit www.bluebirdcare.co.uk/shropshirey Hi! O

For more information on Elf Day please call 0330 333 0804 or email [email protected]