Support for people with dementia
Planning for the future and staying in control
Just because you have a diagnosis of dementia does not mean that you cannot have a say in how you are cared for. The law is now very clear that people have rights to make choices as much as their condition allows, and that every attempt should be made to respect their wishes. And it is also possible plan ahead and make sure that people will know about your preferences when you are no longer able to make decisions for yourself.
The following pages will tell you more:
- Making your own decisions (Mental Capacity Act 2005)
- Looking after someone's affairs
- Arranging support at home for people with dementia
- Developing memory problems, or finding that you are developing dementia, can be a frightening thing but it does not mean that your life is at an end and that you will have to give up all of your independence.
Increasingly the view is that people with dementia are as disabled as their homes and living environment make them. So the aim is to provide support and equipment which will allow people to remain living at home, and to stay independent with a good quality of life for as long as possible.
If you are developing dementia or want to plan support for someone with dementia then the following pages may be of particular interest to you:
- Support in your home
- Gadgets to help you stay safe
- Someone to speak on your behalf
- Getting a break - respite support
- Looking after someone with dementia
Looking after someone with dementia
If you look after a relative or friend with dementia then please be aware of the support services listed below and remember that you can request a carer's assessment from us.
Local support for people with dementia
The Alzheimer’s Society provides the following local support services for people with dementia and their carers in Kingston:
Dementia Adviser - The Dementia Adviser service is aimed at supporting people living with dementia in Kingston from the point of diagnosis onwards. The service signposts and facilitates access to services in the borough to ensure people have the help and care they need.
Dementia Support Worker - The Dementia Support Worker provides practical and emotional support to people with dementia and their families and carers through home visits and telephone contact, depending on people’s needs. Dementia Support Workers also run peer support and carer information groups in the borough. Simply contact the office to discuss your individual situation. Telephone: 020 3513 5147
Peer Support group for carers - The carer support groups provide a safe and supportive environment for carers of people with dementia to share personal experiences with others who understand what they are going through. They also provide an opportunity to share and receive practical information and advice about living with dementia. The group meets on the first Tuesday of every month at Kingston Carers' Network, 418 Ewell Road, Tolworth, KT6 7HE, between 10.30am and 12.30pm. Please contact us if you wish to attend as places are limited.
Carers Information and Support Programme (CriSP) - A series of workshops for people caring for a family member or friend with dementia. The workshops aim to provide you with information and support on topics such as
what is dementia?
support and care for someone with dementia
legal and money matters
the support services that are available
planning for the future
Please contact the office for more details on these services on 020 3513 5147 or [email protected].
Staywell (formerly Age Concern Kingston)
Staywell is an independent local charity and offers a variety of information, advice and support services.
A range of specialist services and support designed to support and guide people over 65 to remain independent and safe at home. We can help you access health services such as an optician, dentist and podiatrist; recuperate at home after an illness or fall; choose social activities; access transport and community services. We can visit you at home to help you plan the care and support you need. Free of charge to over 65s, if you are registered with a Kingston GP.
Saturday Club - A service designed for people living with dementia, their family members and supporters. Second Saturday of the month, 11.00am-2.00pm at Raleigh House. It offers a place where people can meet and join in activities if they wish. Refreshments and lunch are available.
14 Nelson Road
020 8942 8256
Kingston Carers’ Network (KCN)
KCN is the leading local voluntary organisation dedicated to supporting family and friends caring for someone in the community. Their services include:
- information and advice on a wide range of issues including benefits, disability and carers’ rights, and health and community care services
- help and advocacy to access benefits, services, breaks and other support to meet the needs of carers and their families
Kingston Quaker Centre
Takes place on the first and third Friday of the month at the Kingston Quaker Centre, Kingston coordinated by Home Instead - Wimbledon and Kingston.
020 8942 4137 (contact Home Instead for more details)