Enderby becomes first Dementia Friendly surgery

Enderby Medical Centre has become the first in the area to pledge to become more accessible to people with dementia.

The Centre has become a supporter of the Blaby District Dementia Action Alliance, which aims to create a district with dementia friendly residents and buildings.

Staff at the medical centre attended a ‘Dementia Friends’ information session, learning about dementia and how they can become a community and environment that takes into account the needs of those living with dementia.

Changes to make a business or organisation more dementia friendly include replacing dark coloured mats in reception areas, improving access and signage and being aware of how noises can affect different individuals.

Councillor Sheila Scott, Portfolio Holder for Health and Leisure Services, said:

“We’re delighted that Enderby has volunteered to become a dementia friendly community.

“It only takes small changes to make a huge difference to people’s lives.

“We hope this is the first of many surgeries in the district to become a Dementia Friend and encourage all businesses to sign up to the community.”

To register interest in becoming a dementia friend e-mail leisure@blaby.gov.uk or call 0116 272 7703.

Further information can be found at www.dementiaaction.org.uk.

[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]
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