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Beckenham widow’s dementia campaign pays off as Sainsbury’s installs new signs in toilets

PUBLISHED: 12:03 09 November 2017

Angela Clayton-Turner with Clive Proctor, property specifications and standards manager at Sainsbury’s.

Angela Clayton-Turner with Clive Proctor, property specifications and standards manager at Sainsbury’s.

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Angela Clayton-Turner cared for her second husband after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s

Strong campaigning from a Beckenham widow has seen one of the country’s biggest supermarket chains listen to her calls for dementia-friendly signage.

Angela Clayton-Turner called for ‘way out’ signs to be installed in public toilets, after witnessing first hand the struggles of her husband, who suffered from Alzheimer’s.

Caring for her husband Ted for 10 years after his diagnosis in 1995, Mrs Clayton-Turner would often find him trapped inside public toilets, unsure of where he was or how to get out.

The 77-year-old said: “When caring for Ted, I had to enter men’s loos more than I care to remember.”

Her husband died in 2013, 18 years after his diagnosis.

Volunteering as a dementia friend champion, Mrs Clayton-Turner was a key campaigner for better signage in restrooms, a campaign Sainsbury’s has now taken lessons from.

She said: “I am absolutely over the moon that Sainsbury’s have taken this problem on board. Hopefully where they lead, other organisations will follow.”

Emma Bould, programme partnerships project manager at the Alzheimer’s Society, said: “We are delighted to see toilets with dementia friendly signage being installed nationally at all Sainsbury’s stores by March 2018.

“Finding and exiting toilets can often be confusing for people living with dementia, causing anxiety when they are out and about. This small but significant step will enable people with dementia to quickly find the exit, while also making the route clearer to all customers.”

Read more about Angela Clayton-Turner’s campaign here.

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