The Living Well with Dementia Portal – www.livingwellwithdementia.org
This is a one stop information website for anyone wanting to know more about dementia, services and support available in Warwickshire. The portal is divided into sections relevant to different audiences and provides information about dementia and its symptoms, seeking a diagnosis, how to access services and support, living well with dementia, Dementia Friendly Communities and reducing the risk of dementia.
Dementia Navigators Service
This is a service for people diagnosed with dementia and/or people seeking a diagnosis, and their families, living in Warwickshire. Dementia Navigators provide information and advice, practical and emotional support, and signposting to local support services or training in dementia awareness. Dementia Navigators can also support carers of people with dementia, for example, by helping them to develop coping strategies. People can self-refer to the service, or be referred from memory clinics, health and social care professionals.
The Dementia Navigators service is provided by the Alzheimer’s Society Warwickshire.
Tel: 01926 888899
Books on Prescription
These aim to help people understand and manage their own health and wellbeing through recommended self-help books. There are 25 Dementia books in the collection covering a range of topics including information and advice, living well with dementia, support for relatives and carers and personal stories. The books can be loaned directly from your local Warwickshire library for more information or visit the website at:
Dementia Day Opportunities
These are services for people with early to mid-stage dementia, provided by a variety of locations across Warwickshire. Activities on offer at day opportunities include: reminiscence and life history, music and movement or arts and crafts. Carers can also benefit from having time to themselves when the person they care for participate in day opportunities.
The dementia day opportunities service is provided by Age UK in Nuneaton and Bedworth, North Warwickshire and Rugby boroughs (Tel: 01827 717 172 option 1) and Alzheimer’s Society in Warwick and Stratford districts (Tel: 01926 888899).
The service may only be accessed via a social Care Assessment from Warwickshire County Council. Please contact the Council to check if you or the person you care for are eligible for this service (Tel: 01926 410410).
Carers Support Groups
These are groups for people who look after their ill, frail or disabled family members or friends on an unpaid basis. Carers support groups offer information, advice and informal peer support, and facilitate talks from a range of speakers. These groups usually meet monthly in various locations across Warwickshire. Contact Guideposts Warwickshire for details of a group near you.
Tel: 02476 385888
Are social support groups which provide a safe, comfortable and supportive environment for people with dementia and their carers, and enable them to socialise with peers and share information, advice and experiences.
Dementia Cafés are held in various locations across Warwickshire; please visit the Coventry and Warwickshire Living Well with Dementia Portal to find your local dementia café.
Singing for the Brain
Is a group singing activity for people with dementia and their carers. Singing for the Brain can help to enhance general wellbeing and confidence. The service is provided by the Alzheimer’s Society Warwickshire
Tel: 01926 888899
Pieces of equipment and technology designed to support people with dementia to stay as independent as possible e.g. memo minders or special clocks.
Assistive Technology in Warwickshire is provided through Millbrook Healthcare. More information can be found on the Warwickshire Directory https://directory.warwickshire.gov.uk/ or by contacting Warwickshire County Council Customer Contact Centre on 01926 410410
Guideposts Carer support service
Guideposts supports carers, enabling them to access the support and services that are available. It is a free, confidential service which includes providing information on services and practical help for you, offering one to one confidential and emotional support during difficult times, providing an emergency card for you to carry and give you peace of mind, publishing a newsletter to keep you informed, providing drop in information points throughout Warwickshire, proving support with completing forms e.g. carers allowance, Personal Independence Payment, Attendance Allowance, Blue Badge.
For more information please visit their website www.guideposts.org.uk or telephone 02476 385 888.
Provide domiciliary support services to those that need support to stay independent at home. Their services are tailored to an individual’s specific needs which can include companionship, home help, respite or personal care. They specialise in supporting people living at home with dementia by forming relationships with highly trained staff who are consistent visitors. Relationships with community groups provide their clients with information and resources which will provide mental stimulation as well as benefitting them socially and physically.
They are a member of the Dementia Action Alliance and have a dedicated Dementia champion who provides educational talks on living with dementia. Home Instead also work closely with Action Fraud and the charity, Think Jessica, to provide awareness to older adults about the occurrence of scams and preventing them from becoming a victim. For more information please contact Karen Wilkinson on 01675 464600 or 01827 431002
The Phoenix Group
The Phoenix Group Ltd is a registered charity dedicated to the provision of respite and fellowship for those living with any form of dementia, and importantly, their carers. This is done in a non-clinical friendly atmosphere on a weekly basis:
Time & Date: Tuesday 11am – 3pm
Location: Wood End Working Mens Club, 57 Tamworth Street, Wood End, CV9 2QH
For more information visit: www.phoenixforyou.org.uk or call 01676 541635
The service aims to assist independent living in the community for as long as possible and provides opportunities to help in keeping memory at optimum levels, socialise with others in similar circumstances and to join in group activities and have fun.
Anyone with a diagnosis of dementia who is able to participate in activities and interact with fellow group members who live in North Warwickshire, Nuneaton & Bedworth and Rugby boroughs are qualified to join.
It costs £36 inclusive of lunch and refreshments and this reduces to £10 for those financially assisted by Warwickshire County Council.
Monday and Wednesday 9am to 3pm at The Partnership Club, The Partnership Centre, Coleshill Road, Atherstone, CV9 1BN.
For more information telephone 01827 717172 (ext. 1) or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.ageukwarwickshire.org.uk
Cherish Dementia Holiday Trust
Cherish was founded to provide assisted holidays for people with dementia and their carers. Since then it has also provided day trips and have monthly lunch meetings. These activities offer the opportunity to meet with others in similar situations and enjoy the company whilst benefitting from the undivided attention from their carers. Carers are also able to discuss problems and share experiences, often friendships are made and telephone numbers exchanged, providing a support network. They publish several newsletters per year which give full details of their activities.
Details can be obtained from the website www.cheriseddementiaholidaytrust.co.uk or by ringing Janet Wright on 01827 768569.
Baddesley Carer support Group
Relaxation and stress relief techniques based on eastern Tai Chi techniques. With time afterwards to have a drink and chat and share experiences. A safe, relaxed and confidential place to de-stress and offload with people that understand the strains of caring without judgement.
For more information contact Tracy on 07725 211122 or email email@example.com
Maintaining cognitive skills in a person with dementia is important. It can help someone with such symptoms of dementia. Dementia Activity resources is developing products which can be used by a person from any community. Meaningful activities include doodling, making beeswax candles or a photo frame, all fun but not too complicated.
For more information contact Taruna Chauhan on 02476 119580 or visit the website www.dementiaactivity.com
Information gathered by Warwickshire County Council Localities Team and the information was correct as of 11th May 2017.