A care home has launched a unique video guide to support people whose loved ones have been diagnosed with dementia.

A poll of 2,000 adults carried out by Care UK, which operates Colne View, on Dame Mary Walk, Halstead, found over two thirds of British adults admitted they felt they should know more about dementia. 

Launched in response, the guide – One step at a time, a video guide to navigating dementia – is the first of its kind.

It is split into three sections dealing with a dementia diagnosis, living well with dementia and supporting the carer.

Each section is designed to provide a lifeline for families whose loved one has been diagnosed with dementia by dispelling common myths and helping to shine a light on what it means to live with the condition.

It also includes practical tips from carers to help them understand how they can continue taking care of themselves, but also how their loved ones can go on to lead fulfilling lives after a diagnosis from keeping active to continuing to enjoy old hobbies.

To celebrate the launch, Colne View is inviting people to join its Dementia Friendly Choir, which runs every Wednesday from 11am to 12.30pm at the Empire Theatre in Halstead.

A partnership between Halstead Community Choir, the Empire Theatre and Colne View, the choir aims to bring older people in the community together to make new friends and have fun singing.

Monica Boldeata, Home Manager at Colne View, said: “We are committed to supporting families through their dementia journey – which is why we’re thrilled to be unveiling our latest guide - One step at a time.

“Despite recent advances and awareness campaigns, dementia remains a very misunderstood condition, which is why it can be overwhelming for families when a loved one is diagnosed.

“We’re here to help, and to show people living with dementia can still lead fulfilling lives – but also to remind carers to look after themselves too.

“After all, you can’t pour from an empty cup, so we’d like to encourage people who may be going through this experience to watch our guide online or reach out for support.

“As part of the launch, we’re also excited to welcome the community to join our Dementia Friendly Choir – this is set to be a fun session for socialising while reminiscing over favourite tunes, and we’d like to encourage those interested to book their space to avoid missing out.”

To access the guide, please visit careuk.com/one-step-at-a-time.