Alzheimer’s Society, Kent and Medway NHS Partnership Trust and other local organisations have officially launched a drop-in, one-stop shop for people with dementia and their carers. People affected by dementia in the area will be able to gain instant access to support, including the charity’s Dementia Support Workers and nurses from the local Memory Clinic.
The drop-in will have local health professionals and social workers – who can explain about the condition but also signpost people to the support services available – at Rainham Dementia Café, St Paul’s Church, Long Catlis Road on the first Tuesday of every month between 1 and 3pm, and Rochester Dementia Café on the 4th Friday of every month between 1:30 and 3:30pm.
There will be representatives from Memory Clinic, Medway Council Social Services, Carers First, Medway Commercial Group for telecare and assistive technology, and Medway Community Health for the crisis team.
Katie Antill, Alzheimer’s Society Services Ma&nager for Maidstone and Medway, said: “There are more than 2,800 people living with dementia in the Medway area, and we’re hoping this new venture will enable people affected by dementia to get the advice and support they need, while getting a chance to see what happens at our Dementia Café.
“Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia cafes can really help improve people’s quality of life. Run by Alzheimer’s Society staff and volunteers, the cafes provide an opportunity for people to socialise and get much needed face to face support.”
Rochester Dementia Café:
4th Friday of every month
Parish Centre at St Peter’s,
Rainham Dementia Café:
1st Tuesday of every month
St Pauls Church
Who’s it for?
Patients with Dementia (or their carers) whose care is transferred back to their GP in Rainham: either not receiving treatment or currently stable on treatment.
Elizabeth House will bow be providing input into the Rainham and Rochester Dementia cafés once a month- come and see them!
Elizabeth House are offering the ability to speak to a nurse for:
- Support and advice
- Carer support
- Re-accessing services promptly without GP referral (if appropriate)
- To remain linked in to Elizabeth House
Other services at the Dementia Café include:
- Medway Council Social services
- MCH Dementia Support Team
- KMPT Admiral Nurses
- Carers First
- IMAGO Care Navigators
- AGE UK
- Alzheimer’s Society
To find out more about the service call Vicki Baldwin on 01622 747 181 or email Victoria.Baldwin@alzheimers.org.uk.
Notes to editors:
About Alzheimer’s Society
- Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading dementia support and research charity.
- Alzheimer’s Society research shows that 850,000 people in the UK have a form of dementia. In less than ten years a million people will be living with dementia. This will soar to two million people by 2051.
- 225,000 will develop dementia this year, that’s one every three minutes.
- Dementia costs the UK economy over £26 Billion per year. This is the equivalent of more than £30,000 per person with dementia.
- Alzheimer’s Society funds research into the cause, care, cure and prevention of all types of dementia and has committed to spend at least £100 million on research over the next decade.
- Alzheimer’s Society champions the rights of people living with dementia and the millions of people who care for them.
- Alzheimer’s Society works in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
- Alzheimer’s Society supports people to live well with dementia today and funds research to find a cure for tomorrow. We rely on voluntary donations to continue our vital work. You can donate now by calling 0330 333 0804 or visiting alzheimers.org.uk.
- Alzheimer’s Society provides a National Dementia Helpline, the number is 0300 222 11 22 or visit alzheimers.org.uk.
- Alzheimer’s Society YouTube channel www.youtube.com/AlzheimersSociety
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