Supporting people affected by dementia

Warwickshire County Council is proud to support Dementia Action Week, taking place between 17 – 23 May 2021.

Dementia Action Week is an opportunity to raise awareness of dementia and the support available for people living with dementia and their families.

In Warwickshire, around 8,000 people are living with dementia, although many more people are affected by dementia, including those who are caring for people affected by dementia.

People with dementia and anyone who is caring for a person with dementia can access a range of support services. These support services can help you to find out more about dementia and how it affects a person, gain practical support and advice about what can help a person to live well with dementia, find out about and be supported to access local dementia community groups, care and support options available, as well as receive emotional support. Services are available in a range of ways that suit the individual, whether this is online, over the phone or face-to-face meetings.

Nigel Minns, Strategic Director for People at Warwickshire County Council, commented: “Dementia impacts so many of us. Recognising the early signs, getting a diagnosis and accessing support can help people to live independently for as long as possible.

There are a range of support services available for our residents with dementia and their carers which can be accessed over the phone, online or in person. Warwickshire County Council would encourage people living with dementia and their carers to contact services to get support as early as possible, which can help you to find out more about dementia and the things that can help people to live well with dementia.

Services can also help with planning for the future, practical support such as lasting power of attorney and financial planning, finding out about the range of support groups in your local area, building a network of support, support for carers and avoiding crises occurring.

Dementia support services are here for any question you may have, helping you to access what you need and when you need it and we could encourage you to make contact with services during Dementia Action Week or as soon as possible afterwards.”

Two of the key support services available for people with dementia and people who care for someone with dementia include:

Dementia Connect in Warwickshire (Alzheimer’s Society)

Dementia Connect in Warwickshire can support anyone living with dementia or anyone caring for someone with dementia. They provide personalised advice and practical and emotional support, helping you and your loved ones at all stages of dementia. Anyone affected by dementia is encouraged to contact the service to ensure they are supported.

This link shows a 3 minute video from a carer who used the Dementia Connect service to support her, her mother and her father who had dementia. It is a powerful story and highlights the benefits of the service for people living with dementia and their carers.

Support for people who care for someone with dementia (Carers Trust Heart of England)

Providing care to someone who could not manage without you can be hard at times. The Carer Wellbeing Service provides emotional and practical support to help you if you care for someone and support you to maintain your own health and wellbeing.

Through this service you can also access the Carer’s Response Emergency Support Service (CRESS) who provide support should you need to leave the person you care for due to an appointment or event you need to attend. The service is available for all carers who register with this service, including those caring for a person with dementia.

You can find out more about these services by following this link

For more information about dementia and the support services available, please visit dementia.warwickshire.gov.uk/

 

 

Published: 21st May 2021