Bruce County Public Library receives Dementia-Friendly designation

Did you know that more than 730,000 people in Canada are living with dementia, a general word for a set of symptoms caused by disorders affecting the brain? We can all play a part in making our community inclusive of people living with dementia and their care partners.

Bruce County Public Library is contributing by partnering with the Alzheimer Society Grey-Bruce to train staff in providing a welcoming and supportive environment for individuals living with dementia as well as their care partners. In addition, a specialized trainer conducted visits to each of the BCPL service areas to engage directly with Library staff and review the Branch’s physical space, paying close attention to signage, lighting, seating, waiting areas, washrooms and background noise and how these would affect a person’s experience.

As a result, the Alzheimer Society Grey-Bruce has recognized the library’s commitment by designating all 17 branches, as well as the Bookmobile, as Dementia-Friendly Community supporters. Decals at all locations note this designation.

Library Director, Brooke McLean with Bookmobile and Library HQ staff after completing their Dimentia Friendly training

The Dementia-Friendly Canada project is a partnership between Alzheimer’s Societies across the country that works to train Canadian businesses, organizations, and agencies on what it means to be dementia friendly and how to achieve it. This initiative aims to create spaces where people living with dementia will feel confident in their abilities, are treated with respect, and experience support when visiting.

‚ÄúReceiving the Dementia Friendly Community Supporter designation means that Bruce County Public Library is better equipped to serve¬†individuals living with dementia, their families and their care partners.¬†It reflects our dedication to creating a safe and welcoming environment where everyone can have barrier-free access to the resources they need,¬†‚Ä̬†said Board Chair Mark Goetz.

By becoming a Dementia Friendly library system, BCPL is taking steps to ensure that all patrons feel safe, respected, and supported. Age-friendly work like this will become increasingly important to serve residents as the population ages.

Bruce County Public Library is committed to its role as a trusted community connector, digital community facilitator and community sharing place. Consisting of 17 Branches and a Bookmobile BCPL provides access to information, resources, and programs throughout Bruce County.