Monthly Archives - July 2017

Warwickshire County Council’s Councillor Grant Fund is open for applications

We are pleased to announce that the Warwickshire County Council Councillors’ Grant Fund for 2017-18 is now open for applications.  The closing date is Monday 9 October 2017.
Each County Councillor has £5000 which is aimed at community and voluntary organisations and provides funding for small scale projects that support the following outcomes:
  • Warwickshire’s communities and individuals are supported to be safe, healthy and independent;
  • Warwickshire’s economy is vibrant and supported by the right jobs, training, skills and infrastructure.
This year’s application process is online.  For further information including guidance notes and access to the application form, please visit http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/cllrgrants.
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Let’s talk about assistive technology (AT)

What is assistive technology?

Assistive technology is used to describe a wide range of equipment and services that can help people to stay safe, maximise their independence and provide support to carers. It can help you and those you care for to:

  • Live at home safely with as much independence as possible.
  • Stay connected with family, friends and carers.
  • Feel confident about getting out and about.

How can assistive technology support people with dementia and their carers?

Assistive technology can offer solutions to problems that people with dementia experience, such as:

Problem Solution Product example Description More information


Memory aids MemRabel 2

A dementia clock with up to 20 reminders. You can also store images, videos and recordings.

Memory aids can be pre-programmed to remind you to do tasks at certain times. Such as have a drink, take medication or attend a medical appointment. MemRabel 2
Missing or double dosing medications


Medication dispensers and reminders Tabtime Medelert

An automatic pill dispenser and reminder. It dispenses one dose of medication at a time.

This pill dispenser is fully automatic, lockable and dispenses the correct dose at the right time. Pre-fill with medication and set up to 6 daily alarms for medication time. Tabtime Medelert
Not getting enough to eat


Coloured crockery Coloured plates

Colours that work well are yellow, blue and red. As this creates a strong colour contrast between most foods and the plate.

Some recent studies have shown people with dementia eat more off coloured plates as they can see the food better than on a beige plate. Coloured crockery
Not getting enough to drink Anti-spill mugs and glasses SafeSip

Covers any drinks container to make it spill free.





Never spill a drink again, protects against spills – when drinks are knocked over, shaken, or even dropped. You can also drink using SafeSip lying down. SafeSip
Getting confused while out and about in the community Easy to use mobile phone OwnFone

Easy to use and lightweight mobile phone – with up to 12 stored contacts

The phone can be personalised – you can pick the design and you can have your contacts pictures instead of their names. OwnFone
Going missing GPS devices

Global positioning systems can identify a person’s location

Pebbell 2 GPS

Small and lightweight GPS device

Features include 2 way calls, SOS button, and sends text to show you the person’s location. Has a last known location feature if the connection signal is lost.


Pebbell 2 GPS

Assistive technology can offer solutions to problems that those who care for people with dementia experience, such as:

Problem Solution Product example Description More information
Feeling worried about the person you care for when at work or out Track movement in the house from your phone, tablet or computer Canary Care discreetly monitors movement or the lack of, in the home environment as well as temperature and light. Log in to Canary Care online to view your own webpage and check everything in the house is ok. Canary Care will send you a text or email if something out of the ordinary happens. Canary Care
Organising care duties


Easier communication between carers


The Jointly App connects carers and their caring duties in one place. It was developed by Carers UK. Helping carers to stay on top of things, multiple carers are kept in the loop and informed of tasks that have or have not been completed. Jointly
Feeling alone and unsupported


Connect with other carers and share experiences The Carer’s UK online forum is an online space where carers can share ideas, have discussions and support each other. The online forum was created by Carers UK. Great for carers who might struggle to get out or see friends. Carers UK online forum
Not understanding dementia


Learn more about dementia to understand it better An App filled with information, advice and top tips for living well with dementia. Lots of information about being a carer, everyday activities, adaptations, getting out and about and much more. Dementia guide for carers and care providers

Where can I find more information about assistive technology

Warwickshire County Council has improved the information and advice about assistive technology, please visit our new website: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/assistivetechnologyAT website pic

The website provides information, advice and guidance in order to increase the awareness and use of assistive technology. It is important that the website becomes a valuable resource for our social care practitioners, health colleagues, customers, carers and Warwickshire residents.

Where can I find assistive technology products and services?

Millbrook Healthcare can offer information, advice and guidance about assistive technology to the residents of Warwickshire. They provide a service direct to Mi Life Addresspeople who are funding their own support. They can offer advice on the most appropriate equipment, which can be purchased online or through their shop – Mi-life.

Though lots of companies offer similar services, the Carer’s UK and Alzheimer’s Society have information on where you can buy products. Do your research to get value for money and the right package of support for you and those you care for – lots of retailers now offer ‘try before you buy’ schemes for equipment.

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Warwickshire’s dementia friends challenge continues

Warwickshire’s dementia friends challenge continues as the Alzheimer’s Society announces achievement of two million dementia friends

As the Alzheimer’s Society announces it has achieved two million dementia friends across the UK, Warwickshire County Council and its partners are asking Warwickshire’s residents and workforce to help achieve Warwickshire’s own target: to create 30,000 dementia friends across the county by the end of 2019.

There are currently estimated to be approximately 7,500 people in Warwickshire living with dementia, and this is likely to rise to over 11,000 people in the next ten years. The fact is that most people will be affected in some way by dementia during their lifetime.

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 living with the condition. You don’t need to already know someone with dementia to become a dementia friend. Dementia Friend

Anybody can become a dementia friend by…

1. Attending an hour-long dementia friends information session. Everyone who attends a session and wants to become a dementia friend will get a badge and information card. You can book a place by visiting the Dementia Friends website www.dementiafriends.org.uk and searching for a session in the local area.


2. Watching a short 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 through the post.


3. Voluntary groups or teams in organisations may want to hold a group dementia friends information session (lasting up to one hour), perhaps as part of their regular meeting. Information sessions are also ideal for schools or colleges to help to create a dementia-friendly generation of young people. All resources are provided and sessions are delivered free of charge. If you would like to find out more about this, please email: Keeley.Waldron@alzheimers.org.uk

Councillor Les Caborn, Portfolio Holder for Health, says: “The creation of two million dementia friends across the country by the Alzheimer’s Society is a wonderful achievement. Now we look to Warwickshire and our own mission to support the creation of 30,000 Dementia Friends across our county.

“I would urge everyone to attend one of the face-to-face sessions if they can, where they will gain a broader understanding of the issues associated with dementia and discover the small things they can do to make a big difference to people living with the condition. If you can’t attend a face-to-face session, you can still get involved and help us towards our target by visiting the Dementia Friends website and becoming a dementia friend.”

Anyone wishing to become a dementia friend can visit: www.dementiafriends.org.uk

Further details about dementia, services and support available in Warwickshire or the dementia friends initiative, please visit: Warwickshire’s Living Well with Dementia website at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/dementia

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Dementia services and support in Warwickshire

There are two key services that enable people to access all other post-diagnosis dementia support:

 Dementia Navigator Service (face to face service)

Service includes:

  • Signposting and referral to appropriate post diagnosis support and services, at all stages of dementia
  • Advice and emotional support to people with dementia and carers
  • Support, advice and information to those with concerns about their memory, and / or through the process of diagnosis.

Referral accepted from health and social care practitioners or self-referral.

Contact: Alzheimer’s Society. Tel: 01926 888899

Email: southwarks@alzheimers.org.uk

The Dementia Navigator Service is commissioned by Warwickshire County Council.


Warwickshire’s Living Well with Dementia website (online service)


Information on:

  • Dementia services and support in the local area – at district and borough level
  • Living well with dementia – information for people in the early stages of dementia
  • Information for carers and family
  • Dementia Friendly Communities, Dementia Friends etc.
  • Reducing risk of dementia
  • Links to social media, blogs, twitter
  • Links to Alzheimer’s Society National Dementia Helpline and Talking Point (online forum)
  • Warwickshire’s Living Well with Dementia Strategy


Website managed by Warwickshire County Council.

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Have your say on health and wellbeing services in Warwickshire

Warwickshire County Council’s Public Health department is running a series of consultations from Friday 9 June, to gather the views and opinions of Warwickshire residents and key stakeholders within the health, social care and community sectors.

Consultations will be running at various times from June – September 2017. Visit warwickshire.gov.uk/ask and help shape the redesign of the following health and wellbeing services in Warwickshire:

Health advocacy services – find out moreAsk Warks
Open:9 June 2017 – 31 July 2017

Drugs and alcohol – find out more
Open:12 June – 21 July 2017

Healthy lifestyles for the over 50s – find out more
Open:12 June – 21 July 2017

Local Healthwatch (more information to follow)
Open:17 July – 22 September 2017

Warwickshire residents and stakeholders can respond to the consultation online at warwickshire.gov.uk/ask

If you have any queries regarding the consultations please email phconsultations@warwickshire.gov.uk.

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