Helping people with dementia stay independent
Shopping can be a pleasure or a chore, but it should never be frightening. For people with dementia, even a small shop can feel like an alien world. But many people working in shops would love to help if they just knew what to do.
The Open University's dementia care experts want to solve that. They’re planning a course in dementia friendly shopping for retail staff. It will help staff recognise individuals with dementia and offer effective, empathetic support. The course will be available on phones and tablets in bite-size chunks, so staff who can’t leave the shop floor during the day can still tap into the knowledge they need.
The course is at draft stage and we urgently need your support to make it happen. No-one should feel trapped and alone in their own homes, unable to enjoy the freedom most of us take for granted. With your help, we’ll create shops and communities that support everyone, reducing stigma and enabling those with dementia to stay independent for longer.