Improving D Dementia Care; HEALTH Reporter HELEN N RAE Finds out What Services Are Available to Help Support People with Dementia and Their Carers

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Improving D Dementia Care; HEALTH Reporter HELEN N RAE Finds out What Services Are Available to Help Support People with Dementia and Their Carers


Byline: HELEN RAE

SPECIAL suppo is on offer Tyneside for peop with dementia a their carers, than to a groundbreaking ne Dementia Adviser Se vice. ort in ple nd nks ew erthe The number of people with illness in the UK is set to rise more than 50% in the next years, and the picture in region is no different.

e by 20 the In recognition of this, No Tyneside Council and No Tyneside Primary Care Trust (P have set out plans and injec extra cash into dementia suppor the borough to provide h standards of individual care sufferers. orth orth CT) cted rt in high for And the new service aims provide people living w dementia and their carers w someone who will be with them their journey. s to with with m on From diagnosis onwards, service gives those living w dementia the opportunity to h one-to-one meetings with demen advisers, who can provide a wea of information, advice a signposting, personalised to individual's needs. the with ave ntia alth and the Crucially, the nature of both support itself and the way in wh it is provided has been develop by working with people w dementia themselves. the hich ped with The service increases possibility that the person w the with dementia will have more cont over their life and have opportunity to consider th future options and make plans. trol the heir It promotes confiden wellbeing and purpose and a provides support for carers. nce, also Two dementia adviser posts North Tyneside have been fund as a Department of Health p scheme until March 20 supported by North Tynes Council, North of Tyne Prim Care Organisation and Alzheimer's Society. for ded ilot 011, side mary the Paul Devine is one of the t new advisers. He said: "The uniq thing about this service is that i led by the person with demen We listen and facilit conversations so we c understand the person's feeli and perspective. We try to answ questions clearly and honestly a look at ways we can help ea person live well with their illne "Clients who've used the serv already have said it's been a hu bonus. Many find it's such a ben to have a single point of cont instead of being referred to a ran of professionals, or being unsure who to contact in the first place The Alzheimer's Society developed an information p that advisers can give to two que it is ntia. tate can ngs wer and ach ess. vice uge efit tact nge e of e".

has acka person diagnosed with dementia, which includes a personalised information plan. They are also developing a guidebook which will become a comprehensive source of information about services available in North Tyneside.

The Dementia Adviser Service went live in March and is now taking referrals from the North Tyneside Memory Clinic and Newcastle General Hospital Memory Clinic, as well as the Psychiatry of Old Age Service, which is based at North Tyneside General Hospital.

"The team have also linked-up with other referral sources including social care teams. It intimidating didn''t what was or what with my was 10 not much about As well as the new Dementia Adviser Service, other work in North Tyneside will ensure more awareness, improved information, early diagnosis and intervention high quality care and support and provision, will be reviewed on a yearly basis to ensure it continues to meet changing needs.

Admiral Nurses will also offer a lifeline to people with dementia in from autumn 2010. Admiral Nurses are specialist mental health nurses who work within the NHS and provide support to the family from the point of dementia diagnosis through to bereavement.

The plans will also create more activities and opportunities for people with dementia, to make sure they get the most out of life and remain independent for as long as possible.

In addition to this, new specialist Extra Care housing schemes have been developed through a partnership between North Tyneside Council, Frank Haslam Milan and Housing 21.

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