Richmondshire taxi drivers have been trained in dementia awareness.
The 200 drivers licensed by the district council worked with Dementia Forward after a caregiver raised the issues people with dementia sometimes face when using taxis.
“It’s not uncommon for someone with dementia to express a desire to return to childhood familiarity,” said Janice Smith, Dementia Support Advisor.
Dementia awareness training is important to build confidence in taxi drivers in these situations and to help people with dementia maintain their independence safely, said trainer Fiona Andrews.
âA recent conversation with a client’s daughter revealed that her father had become obsessed with returning her to his hometown in the Midlands.
He had approached a Richmond cab driver with the request.
Fortunately, the driver declined the fare, but he might not have done so if the request had been to take him to Darlington, leaving the man alone in town.
âLiving with dementia can often isolate itself very quickly after diagnosis, which can be very damaging to their well-being and can prevent them from accessing help when they need it most.
âBeing able to get around is essential for some, and the local taxi service can be a lifeline.
âKnowing that the taxi company has taken awareness training and will understand the issues of living with dementia, families will feel much more reassured. “
District Council Chairman and Council Dementia Champion Councilor Clive World said: âThis has been a unique project and every driver who has taken the course will display a sticker in their vehicle to give passengers and their passengers confidence. families. â
In collaboration with Dementia Friendly Richmondshire, the training was delivered by Dementia Forward, which also provides daycare services in Richmond.
If you or someone you know would like help with dementia, call the Dementia Forward helpline on 03300 578592.
Please also contact us if you are interested in dementia awareness training for your business or community group.