ALZHEIMER’S INFORMATION LEAFLET.
Following a recent visit by one of the local Alzheimer’s service, we have put together this which contains some useful information and advice for you. There are phone numbers and other helpful advice from other users and patients/carers.
Main contact Details: Ex-service Veterans
Alzheimer’s Society Crownhill Family Centre,
Scott Lodge Crownhill Fort Road ,
Scott Road Plymouth
Plymouth PL6 5BX
T: 01752 608900 (Office)
The Plymstock & Crownhill Memory Cafés
Why not join us fortnightly for a social afternoon? You can come along and meet other people with dementia and their carers/friends for a fun-filled social afternoon.
2014 dates, alternate Wednesdays:
2-4pm at Plymstock Community Centre, The Broadway, Plymstock, Plymouth: April 23rd
2-4pm at Crownhill Methodist Church, Crownhill, Plymouth on: April 16th & 30th
The Woolwell Memory Cafe
Woolwell Memory Café has been running for over 6 months and takes place every other Saturday from 10.30-12 in the Woolwell Centre. Next one is on Saturday 14th November. The 'cafe' is open to anyone living with memory loss and their friends and family and they have a wide range of activities planned each week to help stimulate the memory and to have fun. The contact is Hugh Baker who can be contacted on 01752 923706. The memory café is run by members of Roborough Rotary Club. They are looking for new people to join them.
Memory Café St Budeaux Library
Fridays 10am to 12 noon
Starting 8 April
Drop in for reminiscence, arts and crafts, singing or to see a friendly face and have a cuppa.
Supported by the Alzheimer’s Society we can support you with short term memory loss, Dementia or just feeling alone and wanting company.
Plymouth Peer Support Group - Peer Support Group for people with dementia and their carers.
Both the dementia and carer peer support groups give people opportunity to share experiences, support one another and gain practical information about living well with dementia in a friendly and informal setting.
2014 dates, every other Friday on:
2pm-4pm at Catherine Street Baptist Church, Catherine St,Plymouth, PL1 2AD. April 11th & 25th
Singing for the Brain - Do you enjoy singing?
Did you know singing can help with articulation, concentration, focus and motivation? Why notcome along and increase your well being with our Singing for the Brain© programme specifically designed for those living with dementia. Carers are welcome too.
2pm-3.30pm every Monday at the William Venton Centre, 8 Memory Lane, Plymstock, PL9 9GH.
2pm-3.30pm every Thursday at Catherine Street Baptist Church, Catherine St, Plymouth, PL1 2AD.
The Plymouth Befriending Service
The Plymouth Befriending Service provides one to one regular contact and support for people with dementia. Our Befrienders help to facilitate a range of interests, activities and hobbies. We also offer carers support
and information either face to face or by telephone. For further details contact the
Befriending manager on 01752 608905.
About the Dementia Support Service
The Dementia Support Service provides one-to-one support to people with dementia, carers and family members. The service is unique to your personal circumstances and the information and support you need. A dementia support service may provide you with information and practical support to help you understand more about dementia, and support you to live well with dementia.
The service aims to ensure that you:
have accurate, clear, relevant and useful information that is easy to understand
feel you understand more about dementia and your diagnosis and have an improved knowledge of living with dementia
feel you have improved knowledge of other services available to you and have been enabled to access other support services
feel less isolated
feel supported to maintain independence, make choices and be in control of your life
feel you have been listened to and that your questions have been answered adequately
feel that the service has helped you at difficult times to prevent crisis situations
feel empowered to have accessed and built wider support networks
feel you have learnt better coping strategies.
Dementia support is provided by paid dementia support workers. Dementia support workers do not carry out the same role as social workers or community psychiatric nurses, but may complement their work.
We will continue to support you until we have met your support needs and carried out agreed actions. However, you can come back to the service anytime in the future, for example, if your situation changes or you are in further need of dementia support. You can also telephone our National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122 if you require any information related to living with dementia.
Family testimony - My Grandmother suffered with Alzheimer's/Dementia for 8 years, during which I was made her legal carer/guardian for matters relating to her Health and Well-being. In the early stages, I struggled massively in undertaking the whole process, which many people don’t realise is a legal requirement for family and friends with relatives suffering from this illness. Once a person has been diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer's, the day-to-day tasks of their carer/relative, like buying shopping for them or withdrawing their pensions, all changes, due to the rules on the Mental Health Act.
The Court of Protection process can be a complex one. However, it is vital to ensure that family members remain in control of the decisions affecting their relatives. I have seen in so many cases now, where a Court of Protection order was not made early enough, which resulted in the Health Authority or Mental Health Teams making decisions on everything from types of drugs given to care plans. Often these authorities have no idea of the individual patients’ likes, dislikes, or even religious beliefs. That’s why it is so vital to have a relative/friend to ensure that persons’ needs are met.
Useful links: http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/download_info.php?fileID=1825