SHERIDAN — The first two Sheridan businesses officially qualified to be “dementia friendly” earlier this month.
The educational campaign was officially launched with a training on June 7 at the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce for owners and managers of six businesses.
To qualify, at least 50 percent of frontline staff and management must participate in a dementia educational session. Attendees gain the knowledge and skills that will help them recognize the signs of dementia, communicate effectively and know how to locate resources and assistance for someone living with dementia and their care partners.
Willis and Linda Fouth of Crazy Woman Trading Company are the first to qualify.
A ceremony was held after the training to place the sticker on their storefront window showing that they are dementia-friendly.
Presentations were made to almost all the Sheridan Senior Center’s management and staff over the last year and they have signed a commitment to meet all the other criteria to become dementia friendly.
The Sheridan Senior Center is also the recipient for the Dementia Friendly Wyoming grant from Administration for Community Living.
Look for the stickers in the windows of these two organizations and additional business as Sheridan’s businesses become dementia friendly. During the next few years the hope is that every public organization in Sheridan will be dementia friendly with a sticker in the window to let people know.
Businesses interested in attending a group session or scheduling a 30-minute or one-hour onsite session for their employees, should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 307-461-7134.