INCLUSIVE INIATIVE: Keith Heckenberg and partner Pamela Payne present Greg Follett of Kingscliff Beach Bowls Club with dementia-friendly accreditation.
INCLUSIVE INIATIVE: Keith Heckenberg and partner Pamela Payne present Greg Follett of Kingscliff Beach Bowls Club with dementia-friendly accreditation.

Kingscliff businesses 'dementia-friendly'

THE Tweed Dementia-Friendly Steering Committee is delighted to announce the Maddie and Lil boutique, and Kingscliff Beach Bowling Club are the first two businesses in the area to be officially accredited as dementia-friendly.

Both organisations have committed to incorporating dementia-friendly principles into their environments and service procedures, to improve accessibility and inclusiveness for people living with dementia and their carers.

The initiative is part of the Alzheimer's Australia NSW Liveable Communities Program, which saw the Tweed Dementia-Friendly Steering Committee launch last August.

The committee comprises people living with dementia, carers, services, individuals and church representatives.

Members conducted site visits with the two businesses, providing feedback about changes that could be made in order to become more dementia-friendly.

Both businesses subsequently committed to making alterations to their physical environments and providing dementia-awareness training for staff, which obtained them the dementia-friendly tick of approval.

Kingscliff Beach Bowling Club operations manager Greg Follett said being able to help people in the community feel happy and safe was rewarding.

"We have been making our club available to people with dementia for some time and it's great to get this recognition," he said.

"We are looking forward to the club making changes to its signage, which will improve understanding and support people with dementia to find their way around."

Pamela Payne, carer of husband Keith Heckenberg who is living with dementia, says as a carer it is wonderful to be in a place where you know your partner will be acknowledged.

For more information and a toolkit with tips on how you can make your organisation more dementia-friendly, visit dementiafriendly.org.au or contact the Alzheimer's Australia NSW Port Macquarie office on 0265847444.


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