Dementia-friendly businesses

Businesses and organizations are in a significant position to create safe and inclusive spaces in which people living with dementia can remain meaningfully engaged in their community.

It is possible to live well with dementia. The Alzheimer Society of B.C. provides the professional sector with resources and tools so that businesses and organizations are mindful of dementia, and people living with dementia can continue doing their own banking, shopping and managing their prescriptions, for example.

 “The Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s Dementia-Friendly City session helped one of my staff members, at the Vancouver Public Library, identify and assist a member of the public living with dementia who was wandering.”

– Christopher Kevlahan, Vancouver Public Library

People living with dementia may experience new challenges such as with attending an exercise class, eating out at a restaurant or using transport. Your understanding of dementia can help enhance a person living with dementia’s ability to stay active in their community, as well as support their families, friends and caregivers.

We have worked with expert committees to develop resources tailored to specific professional audiences. Each resource will help professionals to:

  • Understand dementia and recognize when someone may be living with dementia.
  • Learn strategies and helpful tips for effectively communicating with people living with dementia.
  • Think about specific ways to support a person living with dementia in the workplace, and how current programs, products or services may be made more dementia friendly.
  • If applicable, explore the benefits of becoming a dementia-friendly establishment from a business perspective.

Download the resource that is right for you:

Making your workplace dementia friendly: Information for legal professionals

 

 

Legal professionals

 

For: the personal planning, as well as the estate and elder law sector.

Making your workplace dementia friendly: Information for financial professionals

 

 

 Financial professionals

 

For: the everyday banking, investments, retirement income and financial abuse sector.

 

Making your workplace dementia friendly: Information for housing professionals

 

Housing professionals

 

For: assisted living or group living professionals and landlords.

Making your workplace dementia friendly: Information for recreation professionals

 

 

Recreation professionals

 

For: fitness and recreation facilitators, trainers and volunteers.

Making your workplace dementia friendly: Information for library professionals

 

Coming soon

 

Library professionals

 

For: library and accessible library service staff and volunteers.

Making your workplace dementia friendly: Information for retail professionals

 

Coming soon

 

Retail professionals

 

For: customer-facing staff of grocery stores, malls, boutiques and corner stores.

Making your workplace dementia friendly: Information for food service professionals

 

Coming soon

 

Food service professionals

 

For: customer-facing staff of cafés, restaurants, bars and bakeries.

 

Don’t see your profession listed? Contact us at [email protected] to learn more about how you can implement dementia-friendliness in your workplace.

Last Updated: 09/18/2019