Home Instead Senior Care promotes Alzheimer’s Friendly Businesses

HATTIESBURG, MS (WHLT) – According to Alzheimer’s Disease International, by 2030 over 75 million people across the globe will have some form of dementia.

That’s why Home Instead Senior Care is starting now to make public spaces more comfortable for Alzheimer’s patients.

“Often times their family members don’t take them out to events, or to eat or to social settings because they’re fearful that the person they’re caring for might act out,” said Home Instead Manager Keisha Kennedy.

Caregivers say certain atmosphere’s can trigger certain behaviors from Alzheimer’s patients.

Sometimes it could be large crowds. Other times it could be loud noises or confusing questions.

In preparation for National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month in September, Home Instead Senior Care encourages businesses to take a free online training. The training will teach employees how to detect and handle Alzheimer’s patients.

“Say it’s a restaurant and it’s a server and they walk up to a table. They can know right away that this might be someone with Alzheimer’s, their family is on an outing with them. And it can just make that interaction a lot smoother,” Kennedy said.

In order for a business to become certified, at least ten percent of employees must take the online training at alzheimersfriendlybusiness.com.

Afterwards, businesses will get a window sign to let families know they’re certified.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s