Dementia can lead to people becoming housebound

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Quarriers is looking for volunteers to help prevent people with dementia from becoming isolated

9th May 2018 by Gareth Jones 0 Comments

A Scottish charity has launched a volunteer drive to help combat loneliness amongst people with dementia.

Quarriers’ dementia befriending service in North Ayrshire opened three years ago, and provides companionship and help to those battling the condition.

The charity has highlighted that one of the major impacts of dementia is an increase in loneliness and isolation, with going out often seen as a daunting task by many people affected.

The service carefully matches befrienders with someone who shares similar interests to ensure a strong bond is formed.

Nora McCready, 62, has been linked with 89-year-old Rena McKinlay from Saltcoats. Every week, they go out together for coffee, a walk or a spot of window-shopping along the local high-street.

McCready said: “When I met Rena it was meant to be a brief introduction but it went so well we just ran with it as we hit it off instantly.

“Rena enjoys the company and she definitely enjoys the change of scene. She’s very sociable and likes to meet people. I just think she’s a character. I get as much out of being a befriender to Rena, if not more, than Rena gets out of it.”

Maintaining a consistent routine is key to helping people with dementia manage the day-to-day aspects of their condition.

Nora added: “I see Rena once a week on a Monday but if I can’t manage a Monday I try and make sure that I take her out on the Tuesday so she’s got some contact at least every week.

“It sounds a bit corny but you feel like you’re giving something back, plus its good fun. The best thing about it is when I see Rena smiling and laughing.”

Quarriers is looking for more dementia befriender volunteers across North Ayrshire, and more information can be gained from contacting [email protected] or phoning 01505 616100.