Staff at the Cardwell Garden Centre have been given special training so they can help people with dementia live as active life as possible. Bosses at the popular garden centre near Gourock agreed that their staff should take part in awareness sessions organised by the Dementia Friendly Inverclyde initiative.
The aim of the project is for Inverclyde to be dementia friendly by supporting people suffering from the illness, so they can remain part of the community and take part in activities like shopping, going to cafes and restaurants and still be involved in their favourite leisure pursuits.
The Cardwell staff have been given advice on how best to help people with dementia enjoy their visit to the garden centre and make them feel they are part of the community.
Retail manager for Cardwell Garden Centre, Paul Carmichael said: “Our aim is to make everyone feel welcome, comfortable and safe when they come to Cardwell. The dementia awareness sessions our staff have attended have shown us how even the small things we can do will make a big difference to the life of someone suffering from this terrible disease. We want to make sure we do our bit to make people with dementia feel they can still have an active life and do the things they have always enjoyed.”