Penny Ellis, Telehealthcare Development Consultant at Tunstall, writes about why and how we are becoming a dementia-friendly business.
Tunstall is working hard to become a dementia-friendly business. Part of this includes our Dementia Friends sessions programme. Our aim here is to have 400 people at Tunstall HQ become a Dementia Friend. To achieve this, many of us have trained up to become Dementia Champions, which means we can hold sessions for our colleagues so that they can become Dementia Friends.
We are also raising awareness of dementia in other ways. For example, in February, we held several performances of a play called ‘Unlocking Dementia’ by DARTS (Doncaster Community Arts). The play was remarkable because it was interactive and really got everyone thinking and talking about dementia.
Other things we have done to become dementia-friendly include registering with Employers for Carers and introducing a carers’ policy to help our working
Becoming dementia-friendly is important not only because it is the right thing to do but also because it makes economic sense. In fact, I saw in the Prime Minister’s Challenge on
We are now starting to see the impact of being more dementia-friendly. This includes a greater awareness of the condition, reduced stigma, and an increased ability for us to provide more person-centred advice to customers. There is also a greater sense of positivity in the
I for one am proud to work for a business that cares about carers, wellbeing and about making communities more dementia-friendly.