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Warwickshire County Council staff support Dementia Friends

Early in the new year a call went out to Warwickshire County Council staff to encourage them to sign up as a Dementia Friend. The response so far has been really positive with many staff taking part in Dementia Friends Information Sessions, either individually or through team meetings.

Since December the number of Dementia Friends in Warwickshire has increased from 2,353 to 3,620 in March. But there is still a way to go to meet the ambitious target of 10,000 Dementia Friends in Warwickshire by June, so the continued support is needed.

Dementia Friends is an initiative led by the Alzheimer’s Society based on the principle that people with dementia can live well with a little help from other people. Becoming a Dementia Friend is about understanding a bit more about dementia and the small things that can help people with the condition. You don’t need to already know someone with dementia to become a Dementia Friend.

If you would like to become a Dementia Friend it’s very easy and just requires a short time commitment. There are three ways you can get involved.

1. Attend an hour long Dementia Friends Information session. Everyone who attends a session and wants to become a Dementia Friend will get a Dementia Friends badge and information card. You can book a place by going online and visiting the national Dementia Friends website: www.dementiafriends.org.uk

2. Watch a brief video on the Dementia Friends’ website www.dementiafriends.org.uk and leaving your details on the site so you can be sent your Dementia Friends badge and Little Book of Friendship.

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3. Groups may want to hold a group Dementia Friends Information session, perhaps as part of their regular meeting. If you would like to find out more about this please email: dementiapartnership@warwickshire.gov.uk

Participants’ feedback

Here’s some feedback from those Warwickshire County Council staff who have completed their Dementia Friends Information session:

“I just wanted to thank you for coming to our Team Briefing this morning and talking to us about Dementia Friends. I personally found it really interesting, and thought you presented it extremely well”

“I didn’t get a chance to say how much I appreciated yesterday’s training session. You made it very varied and a lot of staff were talking about it through the day and said how interesting they found it. The analogy about the bookcases was very clear and thought provoking.”

“I learnt such a lot.”

For any enquiries please contact Coventry and Warwickshire Living Well with Dementia Partnership at dementiapartnership@warwickshire.gov.uk

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Warwickshire’s Community Support Services for People with Dementia

Warwickshire’s Dementia Community Support Services

Warwickshire County Council have redesigned community support services for people with dementia following a public consultation held as part of Warwickshire’s Living Well with Dementia Strategy refresh in 2014 and the engagement outcomes. Benefits of the new services will include improved provision of information and advice to people with dementia and their carers, reducing their risk of loneliness and social isolation and preventing avoidable admissions to acute care.

The following services will commence on 1st April 2015:

Dementia Day Opportunities

The aim of the Dementia Day Opportunities service is to help maintain the skills, health & wellbeing and social inclusion of people with dementia whilst providing them with an opportunity to participate in a variety of meaningful activities (for example, reminiscence therapy, music and movement or arts and crafts) and offering respite for their carers. The dementia day opportunities service may be both building based and/or provided in the community, depending on the needs of individuals.

The service may only be accessed via a Social Care Assessment and referrals will be accepted from Adult Social Care, secondary mental health services e.g. Memory Assessment Clinician, GPs, mental health teams, Warwickshire’s Dementia Navigator service or those who self fund their care. Please contact Warwickshire County Council to check if you or the person you look after are eligible for this service (Tel. 01926 410410).

The dementia day opportunities service will be available 5 days a week across Warwickshire. The service will be provided by Age UK in Nuneaton and Bedworth, North Warwickshire and Rugby boroughs (Tel. 01926 458100), and Alzheimer’s Society in Warwick and Stratford districts (Tel. 01926 888899).

Dementia Navigators

Dementia Navigators will provide early intervention and preventative post diagnosis support through:

  • A single point of access to information and advice following a diagnosis of dementia or to those going through the diagnosis journey
  • Signposting to support services available in a person’s locality e.g. dementia cafes or carers support groups
  • Practical and emotional support to people with dementia diagnosis and their carers
  • Signposting to or provision of training around dementia awareness and coping strategies for family carers

People can self refer to the service, or be referred by their GP, health or social care staff.

There will be four (full time equivalent) Dementia Navigators covering all the county. Contact with the service will be via telephone, email and/or face to face depending on individual needs and preferences. The Dementia Navigators service will be provided by Alzheimer’s Society Warwickshire (Tel. 01926 888899).

In addition to the services outlined above, there are also a range of other initiatives and services in Warwickshire to support people to live well with Dementia.

Please visit Coventry and Warwickshire Living Well with Dementia portal for more details: www.livingwellwithdementia.org, or contact us on dementiapartnership@warwickshire.gov.uk

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