Specsavers Camborne store director, Alan Honeybone, is delighted to announce there are staff members trained as dementia friends, newly qualified to better understand the needs of customers suffering from dementia.

Wearing the wrong prescription

The training was specifically created with sight and hearing loss in mind, which can cause dementia sufferers to misinterpret the world around them.

On top of that, research has revealed that almost half[1] of dementia patients in care homes are wearing glasses with the wrong prescription, leading to increased isolation and confusion.

Alan Honeybone, said: ‘I always thought dementia was all to do with someone’s memory – but it is much more than that.

'By uncovering the truth about dementia it really opened my eyes to how at Specsavers, when performing our daily duties, we can all take a little time to support and care.’

Nationwide initiative

Specsavers employees nationwide are completing Dementia Friends training, an initiative run by the Alzheimer’s Society. In doing so they become recognised as a Dementia Friends, with a badge to wear on their uniforms to indicate their increased level of dementia awareness to customers.

Specsavers’ home- and care home-visiting teams – Specsavers Healthcall – are also completing the training.

All Camborne store information

[1], Bowen, M et al (July 2016) The Prevalence of Visual Impairment in People with Dementia