Home Depot, Dementia Friendly Wyoming team up to educate the public on home safety
SHERIDAN — Jefferson Lich, manager of Home Depot in Sheridan, and Kay Wallick, project director for Dementia Friendly Wyoming, are launching an ongoing project to help consumers learn how to make their homes safe and dementia friendly.
Dementia Friendly Wyoming, a program of The Hub on Smith and a grant recipient from the Administration for Community Living, is partnering with Sheridan’s Home Depot to develop a home safety education campaign for persons living with dementia and their care partners. Over the last year, DFW provided one-hour educational sessions to Home Depot management and staff on understanding dementia, recognizing the signs, learning how to communicate and making connections to resources and support.
A common challenge for persons living with dementia is how to best adapt a home to reduce the risk of falling, aid in memory and maintain independence as long as possible. Wallick said through discussions with Lich, they decided that a great community service could be provided to those living with dementia and their care partners by providing home safety educational displays throughout the store. Signs and tips will be located throughout the store on how a safe, dementia friendly space can be developed in every room of a home.
In addition, a “Creating Dementia Friendly Safe Homes” workshop facilitated by Ginette Aasby, occupational therapist, will be held for the public in the Home Depot training room Jan. 12 at 9 a.m.
Participants are asked to bring their questions and challenges. They will receive tips for every room in the house and take a tour of the home safety displays at Home Depot.
Big Horn resident earns Governor’s Arts Award
BIG HORN — Gov. Matt Mead recently announced the recipients of the Wyoming Arts Council’s 2018 Governor’s Arts Awards. Recipients will be honored at a dinner and awards ceremony on Feb. 8 in Cheyenne.
Among this year’s recipients is ceramics artist, educator and editor Elaine Henry of Big Horn. Other winners are visual artists and educator Karyne Dunbar of Shell; artisan and leatherworker Keith Seidel from Cody; and dancer, choreographer and educator Marsha Knight of Laramie.
Established in 1982, the Governor’s Arts Awards winners are selected based on their substantial contributions made in Wyoming that exemplify a long-term commitment to the arts, with special consideration given to nominees whose arts service is statewide.
There are many nominations submitted for the Governor’s Arts Awards each year, and the selection process is competitive. Nominations are submitted to the Wyoming Arts Council in October and reviewed in November by the Wyoming Arts Council Board. The board then sends recommendations to the Governor for the final decision.
Nominations are open to any Wyoming citizen, business or community member. Award criteria includes: length of commitment to the arts, outstanding contribution or impact, breadth of support, involvement in special initiatives supporting the arts, artistic excellence/level of standards.
The Governor’s Arts Awards were first made possible by an endowment from the Union Pacific Foundation in honor of Mrs. John U. Loomis, a lifelong patron of the arts. Over the years, individuals and organizations from more than 25 Wyoming communities and statewide organizations have been honored for their dedication to the arts in Wyoming.