Workshops held to improve Sidmouth teenagers’ empathy with dementia sufferers

PUBLISHED: 15:30 22 June 2018

One of the students with one of Malden House's residents.

One of the students with one of Malden House's residents.

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Workshops aimed at improving teenagers’ empathy towards people affected by dementia were held by a Sidmouth care home.

Residents and students spent time together as part of two sessions held to coincide with Dementia Awareness week.Residents and students spent time together as part of two sessions held to coincide with Dementia Awareness week.

A group of 15 youngsters, from Sidmouth College, were given theoretical and practical training at Malden House care home, in Sidford Road.

The sessions, which were held as part of Dementia Awareness Week, gave the year ten students, who are studying health and social care, the chance to work with the staff and residents at the home.

The youngsters also got to take part in a variety of activities, putting their new training into practice to assist with the sensory garden, arts and crafts and cooking.

Agnieszka Orlowska, Malden House’s registered manager, said “It was great to see the students learning so much about dementia - some of them became emotional and showed a lot of passion about what we do.”

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