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 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.