Senior Services

Dementia Friendly Red Lake County

Become a dementia friendly business or organization

Enhancing hospitality and positive experiences for customers and employees can be considered good business practice, including respectful and responsive services for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias and their caregivers. A business that is dementia-friendly becomes a stakeholder int he well-being of our community.

There are a number of benefits to being a dementia friendly business or organization. It is an excellent way for a local business to give back to their community, and increase their business and name recognition, while providing a valuable service to a growing number of patrons.

Why is it important for businesses to be dementia-friendly?
Businesses may have customers with dementia or customers who are caregivers of individuals with dementia. There is also a chance that businesses may have employees in the beginning stages of dementia.

A dementia-friendly business is a business that:

  • Is able to recognize the signs of dementia
  • Can communicate effectively with individuals with dementia.
  • Knows how to locate resources and assistance for themselves and for individuals with dementia.

To become a dementia friendly business or organization; the business or organization must commit to the following criteria:

  • Complete DFC training for management and 50% of their front-line employees
  • Designate a team leader to be liaison between their organization and the DFC task force
  • Be open to discussions regarding environment changes (e.g. lighting, signage, layout, etc.)
  • Be willing to share DFC training materials with any new hires and all employees that did not attend training
  • Undergo an on-site visit/follow-up training on an annual basis to recertify its dementia friendly status

Once a business or organization has been designated dementia friendly, they will receive a dementia friendly window cling to display.

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