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Support for people with dementia

Planning for the future and staying in control

Just because you 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:-

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:

If you are having difficulty in managing day to day tasks because you have dementia then your local council may be able to provide support. You can contact social services and ask for an assessment of your needs. They will then look at what sort of help you need and whether you qualify for support services provided through the council.

Whether or not you want to approach your council you may need to pay towards the cost of your support - go to our Paying for Support section for more information on the options available.

Depending on where you live there are detailed leaflets available with information on living with, or caring for someone with, dementia:-

Kensington and Chelsea

Living Well With Dementia leaflet covers Westminster, but much of the information and some of the services apply to residents within the three boroughs

The Kensington and Chelsea Dementia Adviser Service supports those with memory problems and those who have received a diagnosis of dementia, as well as their families and supporters; you can contact Mandy Andrews direct on tel 020 3219 0910 or  email MAndrews@aukc.org.uk.

Westminster

Living Well With Dementia leaflet

The Westminster Dementia Adviser Service supports those with memory problems and those who have received a diagnosis of dementia; you can contact Terezie Holmerova direct on tel 0203 905 6981 or email terezie.holmerova@londoncare.co.uk 

The Westminster Dementia and Memory Resource Centre offers a wide range of services for people with dementia in Westminster and their carers.

The events calendar will give you details of a variety of interesting events and activities going on locally in Westminster for people with dementia and their carers.

Hammersmith & Fulham

Living Well With Dementia leaflet covers Westminster, but much of the information and some of the services apply to residents within the three boroughs

The following websites offer some advice on how arranging the home environment and belongings of someone with dementia can help them to remain safe, happy and relaxed:-

Looking after someone with dementia

If you look after a friend or family member with dementia, please visit Looking after someone for more information on support available to you.

As a carer, you may be entitled to support from the council to help you in your role. Please visit ‘Requesting a Carer’s Assessment’ to find out more.

The Admiral Nurses
Provides one-to-one support, expert guidance and practical solutions.
Tel: 0800 888 6678

Home Instead Senior Care
Provides home care services to individuals. Such as: companionship personal care and home help services
Tel: 0203 701 2862

The Good Care Group
Provides a 24 hour, 7 days a week live-in care service.
Tel: 0808 2785 948

Care to be different
Specialist online information resource all about obtaining NHS Healthcare funding

Pathways through dementia
Provides free, accurate legal and financial information to support people living with dementia.
Tel: 0203 405 5940

Westminster Older Adults Community Mental Health Team
The service specialises in the care of older adults and frailty, it makes referrals on the basis of the needs of the individual and not age.
Tel: 0207 854 4162

Other information and advice

Please see the Useful Contact information page for organisations and services that support people with experience of dementia.