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DeValera Public Library Ennis – A Dementia Friendly Library

Nov 04, 2015

DeValera Public Library in Ennis is the first official Dementia Friendly Library in Clare, thanks to participating in a training programme with leading Alzheimer’s and dementia care provider, Home Instead Senior Care.

The local library has been working closely with Home Instead Senior Care to deliver awareness-raising and information resources to library staff, which will help them provide a more Dementia Friendly service to people with dementia, their families and carers. 

“We are delighted to be among the first to receive Dementia Friendly training in Clare and are proud to now call the library a Dementia Friendly Business. Clare County Library is very grateful to Home Instead Senior Care for providing this free training so promptly and efficiently, making it accessible to everyone involved. We are very much looking forward to rolling out the training to more of our branches throughout the county. We pride ourselves on being an Age Friendly organisation and are always happy to expand and improve on our service provision”, said Helen Walsh, Clare County Librarian.

Following the completion of Home Instead Senior Care’s dementia training programme, the Ennis library displays a ‘Dementia Friendly’ window sticker. This lets people in the community know that their local library is committed to delivering dementia friendly experience and that they will receive a professional and caring service from employees.

The Dementia Friendly initiative was brought to the community by Home Instead Senior Care. The programme enables libraries and other community services and businesses to avail of free training to help equip employees with the information and resources needed to welcome families who are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia.

Businesses can work directly with the local Home Instead Senior Care office to coordinate in-person training. Once the training is successfully completed, businesses will receive a window cling with the Dementia Friendly Business designation. The designation will be valid for two years.