DEMENTIA INFORMATION AND SUPPORT
It is important that you have up to date information about an array of topics in regards to Dementia. At the Alzheimer’s Society – Leading the fight against dementia carers are able to download upto date factsheets about very relevant topics such as what is dementia? Who pays for care? How do we get a diagnosis? As well as this information you can order booklets about chosen topics, if you order under six copies they are free.
The Carers Service works extremely hard to identify carers who support a loved one through Dementia. We truly believe that early identification of these carers is crucial, as with early help and ongoing support many carers are able to continue in their caring roles with much less impact upon their own lives. Too many times we see carers reaching a crisis point before even getting in touch – PLEASE DO NOT LET THIS HAPPEN – get in touch as soon as you identify an issue or have a diagnosis for a loved one, as our carers advisers have a vast amount of knowledge and experience in these areas and will provide and co-ordinate all the support you need.
Alongside the carers advisers Lynn Lowe is our expert partner in Dementia. Although Lynn is employed as a Dementia Adviser by the Alzheimer`s Society, she is based here in Kingsway working in partnership with the Carers Service. Lynn supports both the person with the dementia and their carer, offering support that the Alzheimer’s Society can offer, and signposting to other services including the carers service who can offer carers further support, i.e. short breaks; a multitude of activities, carers respite grants, full welfare and benefits checks, a plethora of different social groups, training, information days, support for former carers etc.
The Alzheimer’s Society firmly believe that everyone who experiences a diagnosis is a unique person with their own life experiences that are valuable when encouraging the person to live well with dementia. This belief, coupled with the Carers Service view that, to enable the cared for to be supported so well, it also needs strongly informed and supported carers, of which, by working together provides for a very holistic family approach to dementia.
Alongside the support that Lynn and the Carers Service offers, as above, Lynn also notes that the Alzheimer’s Society is here for the journey and not just the diagnosis, and that their staff work with individuals on their time scale and send out cards offering subsequent work six monthly, unless they are already in contact with them through their core services, such as their dementia cafes, contact Lynn at the Carers Service for details. Lynn says “We offer low level support and intervention on a drop in basis and enable you to socialise with other people who may also have a diagnosis of dementia or their Carers. Lynn facilitates the Dementia carers group monthly in Kingsway. This group invites guest speakers on relevant topics, and allows the Carers to off load any frustrations or difficulties they may be experiencing in a safe environment. Dates and times of group
Every Friday afternoon Lynn volunteers for Singing for the Brain for the Alzheimer`s Society 2 pm until 4 pm, where carers and cared for are encouraged to get to know each other over a cup of tea and a biscuit or two, and then we have the singing group with a cool drink after. Research has proved that singing is good for the well- being of a person with dementia, with a visible difference in mood and well- being during and after the group.
BECOME A DEMENTIA FRIEND
People with dementia get by with a little help from their friends. And anybody can become a Dementia Friend. It’s just about understanding a bit more about dementia and the small things you can do to help people with the condition.
People with dementia want to carry on going about their daily lives and feeling included in their local community, but they sometimes need a helping hand to do so. Dementia Friends learn a little bit about what it’s like to live with dementia and turns that understanding into action. This could be helping someone find the right bus or being patient in a till queue if someone with dementia is taking longer to pay. Every action counts.
Being a Dementia Friend isn’t about volunteering or fundraising (though you can do that too if you want). Information and training dates
For more information please contact the Carers Service on 01254 688440 or Lynn can be contacted at lynn.lowe@alzheimer`s.org.uk or work mobile 07850929767