An award-winning care company has hosted two days of advanced training to improve the skills of dementia care specialists.

Home Instead Exeter and East Devon, recent recipients of the Employer of the Year award at the Exmouth Business Awards, took a step towards enhancing care for dementia over a two-day specialist training programme.

Over 60 team members, along with healthcare professionals and area contacts in other sectors, including Exmouth Journal, participated in the immersive Dementia Bus experience.

This programme aims to give its participants an in-depth understanding of the complexities and often overlooked physical symptoms of dementia.

East Devon has one of the country's highest dementia diagnosis rates.

Home Instead Training and Support Team Manager Talia Dutton-Cohen said: "Dementia awareness is so important to our community.

"Since we hold specialist training in such high regard for our team, we knew that the investment in this experience would be rewarding for our Care Professionals and ultimately, for our valued clients.

"It’s vital that we can truly appreciate the challenges that those living with dementia can face.

"Only then can we aim to provide the exceptional care that our company is known for."

The Dementia Bus experience forms a part of the Personalised Career Pathways scheme at Home Instead, which is part of their efforts to professionalise the care sector and generate employment opportunities in the area with aims to encourage potential employees to pursue a full career in care.

Home Instead continues to welcome those interested in joining their growing Care Professional team.

They invite anyone interested in learning about their ‘Dementia Aware’ initiative and their free community workshops to contact them directly.

For details on the company's work visit or call 01395 200600.