Local care home joins dementia campaign

Paula Keys (L) of HC One and Nicci Gerrard of John’s Campaign

The care home operator which runs Chandler’s Ford Care Home, has joined John’s Campaign, which is calling for the right of people with dementia to be supported by their family carers. John’s campaign works to enable more people to visit and help care for their relatives in medical and social care services at the times of day that work best for everyone.

John’s Campaign was founded as a result of the experiences of Dr John Gerrard and his family following his time in hospital with dementia in 2014. His daughter Nicci Gerrard and friend Julia Jones are campaigning for the right of family members of people with dementia to be allowed to actively support their loved ones when they are in hospitals or care homes.

The single simple principle of the campaign is, according to its founders that: “We should not enforce disconnection between relatives and those who need care.” Behind its simple statement of purpose lies the belief that relatives should not just be tolerated but should be welcomed, and that a collaboration between the patients and all connected with them is crucial to their health and their wellbeing.

The care home operator, HC-One, is pledging to support John’s Campaign across all its homes by actively encouraging relatives to visit at times suitable for residents, whether this be early morning, late evening or even overnight and providing refreshments and suitable accommodation for visiting relatives to make it easier for them to spend time with their loved ones

Across the country HC-One run more than 200 care homes that provide residential, nursing, dementia and specialist care for more than 10,000 residents and employ nearly 14,000 caring colleagues.

Dr Chai Patel of HC-One, said:

 “We strive to provide the kindest care and welcoming relatives and loved ones into our homes is a crucial part of that. John’s Campaign highlights the very important issue of maintaining the connection between people with dementia and their families. Working closely together with relatives and loved ones is one of the best ways to maintain the health and wellbeing of our Residents.”