The team in Falmouth Specsavers are proud to introduce their team of Dementia Friends. Each member has been specially trained in a programme supported by the Alzheimer’s Society.
Thanks to the training each person is better qualified to spot the signs and better understand a customer’s needs if they suffer from the condition. They can be easily recognised by the Dementia Friends badge on their uniform.
Paul McGrane, store director of Specsavers in Falmouth said: ‘Being more aware of dementia is an incredibly positive development for our team and our offering to customers.
‘I have first-hand experience of dementia as my grandfather suffered from the condition. I know how important it is to have people able to understand their needs so they can still do things like visit the optician.’
Paul has offered further support during Dementia awareness week this year by completing a sponsored bike ride - a marathon 164 mile round trip from Tandgaree to Dublin.
What is the link between dementia and sight or hearing?
Those with dementia commonly experience problems with their sight and visual perception, causing them to misinterpret the world around them. Some sufferers can experience hallucinations. On top of that, research has revealed that almost half of dementia patients in care homes are wearing glasses with the wrong prescription, leading to increased isolation and confusion.
, Bowen, M et al (July 2016) The Prevalence of Visual Impairment in People with Dementia