AlertLine of Beloit Health System, in conjunction with the Dementia Friendly Initiatives of Rock County, recently completed the criteria to earn the designation of being dementia friendly, becoming the first group to do so in Beloit. AlertLine, a local-based emergency home response program, has over 711 stateline area subscribers who have response units in their home. When their button is pressed, a phone call is made or emergency help is sent if needed.
By completing the Dementia Friendly training, AlertLine Coordinator Judy Simonds received the Purple Angel Sticker to display their training. Recently nearly all of the AlertLine volunteers attended a Dementia Friendly Training taught by Cori Marsh, Dementia Care Specialist at the ADRC of Rock County.
AlertLine of Beloit Health System has committed to providing care to those with dementia by learning more about recognizing the disease, communicating with someone who may have dementia and being able to direct anyone with questions to community resources. Simonds said, “I thought would be an excellent program for our volunteers. We work with all ages and this training is very beneficial to help us understand our subscriber’s needs.”
Marsh says, “People with dementia want to maintain their social networks so they continue to have a feeling of belonging, access local facilities and do the things they have always done and find their way around safely. Becoming dementia friendly enables us to support these wishes for those impacted by dementia.”
Marsh currently coordinates the Dementia Friendly Initiatives of Rock County committee. “Members of the group include those impacted by dementia and their care partners, community members in general, businesses and healthcare agencies. We have come together to discuss how ‘dementia friendly’ could look in Rock County and make a plan to implement those strategies,” says Marsh.
We are always looking to expand our group, or hear from others who have any thoughts or ideas.” There are 18 people from Rock County who have completed the “Train the Trainer” program and are ready to go in to local businesses and organizations to provide this free training. Contact Cori Marsh at 608-741-3615 for more information or schedule a free training.