Awareness v knowledge

November 02, 2017 - 9:00am

Awareness v knowledge

There is a distinct difference between awareness and knowledge.

To be aware of something in the workplace is a positive step. To have a trained and knowledgable workforce creates a confident, supportive workplace.

Does your business have a trained workforce in dementia and mental health issues?

The law protects the rights of people with dementia in some basic ways. The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 is designed to safeguard those diagnosed with dementia against unfair treatment at work. Employers must demonstrate that they have made reasonable adjustments to make it possible for people living with dementia to continue to work.

• Does your business have policies in place for both those diagnosed or those caring for someone with dementia?
• Do you display or make it known about workplace support?
• Can you afford to ignore the impact on employees caring for someone?

Reconnect Training highlights the demand on businesses to understand dementia and how small changes can assist over 40,000 people aged 65 and under who have been diagnosed with the disease.

Reconnect help businesses to understand dementia and explore practical and sustainable ways to help people stay in work, maintain health and productivity.

We live in an ageing population and are working longer for our pensions. It is predicted that 1 in 4 people over the age of 64 will have some form of dementia by 2020.

Can your business afford to ignore the figures?