Dementia care Dementia is the name for a group of diseases that affect the way the brain normally works. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. Dementia can slowly lead to memory loss and confusion, and result in changes in people’s personality and behaviour. Usually, if you have concerns about dementia, the first point of contact is either your GP (for health care needs) or your local Adult Social Care department (for most other services). As well as discussing your concerns, your GP will be able to carry out a series of tests and refer you to the memory assessment services where you will receive diagnosis, advice, support, and treatment if appropriate. There are about 10,000 people suffering from dementia in East Sussex, including those who are not yet diagnosed. This figure is projected to rise to 12,000 by 2020. The Alzheimer’s Society and Active Dementia Support provide support and information for people with
dementia and their carers. In Brighton & Hove it is estimated that in 2014 there will be 3,280 people aged 65 years or over with dementia. Alzheimer’s Society - East Sussex Ground Floor, Beckett House, Mitre Way, Battle TN33 0AS Tel: 01424 773687 Web: www.alzheimers.org.uk Alzheimer’s Society National Dementia Helpline Tel: 0300 222 1122 Alzheimer’s Society - Brighton Office The Annexe, Ireland Lodge, Lockwood Crescent, Woodingdean, Brighton BN2 6UH Tel: 01273 726266 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Support in the community People with dementia may prefer to stay in their own home for as long as possible, and it is usually helpful to avoid a change from familiar surroundings. There are various community care services to help people stay in their own home. The Alzheimer’s Society, Health and Adult Social Care can all help you get access to services available in your area. Services can include: • personalised care, which you choose; • help from a dementia adviser before or after diagnosis; • home care (see page 7); • community meals service (Meals on Wheels); • befriending services; • ‘Shared Lives’ day care and respite (care within a family setting); • ‘Homeshare’ (where you offer accommodation in your home to someone who needs it, in return for an agreed amount of support from them); • sitting services and breaks for carers; • advice on equipment and adaptations ; • day care centres; and • respite care (short-stay residential care). You can find out what’s available in your area from Adult Social Care or Health. Even if you do not qualify for financial help from Adult Social Care, they will still carry out an assessment of your individual needs and tell you about registered providers who can give you the service
you need. You will have a choice of who provides your care service, whether or not you get financial help from Adult Social Care. You can find guidance and advice on dementia on the East Sussex County Council website at www.eastsussex.gov.uk and Brighton & Hove City Council’s website at www.brighton-hove.gov.uk. You can also contact the Alzheimer’s Society for information and advice, contact details are above. Its website is at www.alzheimers.org.uk.
Visit www.carechoices.co.uk for further assistance with your search for care
Published on Sep 2, 2013
The comprehensive guide to choosing and paying for care in East Sussex including Brighton & Hove. The Directory includes information on home...