A HOME care company is hoping to lift the “taboo” of dementia through awareness raising events.

Home Instead Leigh is giving the community the chance to learn more about dementia and old age in a bid to make the area more accommodating for people living with the condition and show what support is available.  

The events will be a series of talks which will help families to learn how they can support their loved one and what organisations are available to help.

Tom Pennington, owner of Home Instead Leigh said: “Dementia is such an important topic but sadly it doesn’t get spoken about anywhere near as much as it should. It’s understandable, since many people find it too upsetting to speak about their own experiences, or can’t bear the thought of going through it themselves. Our Key To Care sessions will help get people talking about dementia openly and understand what we can do to help people living with the condition.

“And we’re not stopping with dementia. This will be the first of a series of events which will raise awareness of a range of issues older people often face. Families should be able to spend quality time together, without worrying about the health of their loved ones. At Home Instead we’re keen to provide families with a one-stop shop of information, to stand them in great stead to deal with their struggles.”

The first event is on Tuesday, November 14 between 10:30am and 12.30pm, taking place at Home Instead Leigh, Unit 3 Orford Court, Greenfold Way, Leigh WN7 3XJ. Events will take place every month.