Twenty more Norse Group staff became Dementia Friends at sessions held at NorseCare’s Lydia Eva Court care home in Gorleston, during which they met residents and learned how dementia progresses.

The building maintenance staff from GYN said they were now confident about spotting the signs of dementia and would not hesitate to act on concerns.

They also said they now had a much better understanding of the condition which affects 850,000 people in the UK.

Issues discussed included how best to introduce yourself to someone with dementia and best engage them in conversation.

One delegate said: “I’m really glad I came because I will definitely notice now if I go into someone’s house or flat and they are struggling. We’ve also learned people can continue to live independently. Minor changes will help them in a big way.”

This week is Dementia Action Week, with the Alzheimer’s Society encouraging everyone to take action by starting a conversation with someone living with dementia they know; whether it’s calling a relative with dementia or visiting a neighbour.

NorseCare is committed to providing high quality care and support to people living with dementia. During Dementia Action Week it is re-launching its dementia care strategy, which includes plans for designated dementia care leads in all its locations, enhanced training for all staff, information hubs for families and visitors and detailed observations and dementia care ‘mapping’.

Other support includes cognitive stimulation therapy through structured groups for residents, actively stimulating and engaging people while providing a focused learning environment within the social benefits of a group.

Twelve young Dementia Friends were also recruited in West Norfolk in December when Norse Catering, Blenheim Park Academy and a NorseCare residential home got together.

Dementia Champion Melanie Large, Head of Catering Operations, who delivered the information sessions, has now made more than 100 Dementia Friends!