Getting Cardiff talking – Local care homes join The Big Dementia Conversation

Two care homes in Cardiff are calling on local people to take part in a national conversation to learn more about dementia.

On Thursday 8th February, from 11am-1pm, Care UK’s Llys Cyncoed on Cyncoed Road, and on 29th February from 2pm-4pm, Llys Herbert, on Ty-Draw Road, are inviting members of the community for a special event as part of The Big Dementia Conversation.

The new nationwide initiative has been designed to encourage people to talk about dementia, including some of the most difficult topics associated with the condition.

According to a recent survey, commissioned by Care UK, eight in ten adults believe dementia is still misunderstood, with 69 percent of the nation believing it’s a subject which is not talked about enough in society. Many people also admit finding the condition uncomfortable to discuss – something Care UK is hoping to change by launching The Big Dementia Conversation.

The session, Let’s Talk About Dementia, will be led by dementia experts Sarah Jayne Evans and Elisabeth May at Llys Cyncoed and Vice-President of the Alzheimer’s Society, Dr Nori Graham at Llys Herbert. Both sessions will shine a light on some less well-known aspects of dementia, as well as why a loved one may be behaving differently and what family carers can do to support them.

In addition to the events, the Cardiff community can also visit a newly launched online advice hub. The hub takes a closer look at some of the less-talked-about symptoms of dementia, with expert advice from Care UK’s dementia specialists, who have more than 40 years of experience providing care for people living with the condition.

Virgil Frincu, General Manager at Llys Cyncoed, said: “Dementia affects millions of lives every year, not just those diagnosed but also their families and friends. We understand how difficult it can be navigating the changes that come when caring for a loved one living with dementia, and the many questions people have.

“Here at Llys Cyncoed, we recognise the importance and value of talking to one another, whether that be sharing advice or concerns, seeking support, or sometimes simply having someone there to listen. The Big Dementia Conversation offers the perfect opportunity for families to come together, learn from the experts, and find comfort in those in a similar position.”

Therisa Galazka, Home Manager at Llys Herbert, added: “With extensive experience caring for residents living with the condition, the team here at Llys Herbert have a lot of knowledge and advice to share. We’re looking forward to welcoming the local community and Dr Nori Graham for what we anticipate will be an incredibly helpful morning for all involved.”

To find out more about Care UK’s Big Dementia Conversation initiative, please visit: careuk.com/thebigdementiaconversation

For more information about Llys Cyncoed and to book your place at the event, please call Director of Community Relations, Elisabeth May, on 0292 000 1689 or, email elisabeth.may@careuk.com

For more information on Llys Herbert and to book your place at the event, please call Customer Relations Manager, Jenny Ashton, on 029 2168 2706 or email jenny.ashton@careuk.com

Llys Cyncoed and Llys Herbert are designed to deliver the very best standards of care, and to enable residents to live active and fulfilled lives. The homes incorporate spaces for hobby and leisure activities both indoors and out, and the layout of both homes has been configured to support the creation of close-knit communities.