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Carers Support Dementia Wellbeing Programme

Caring for someone with short term memory loss can be emotionally and physically demanding. Everyone's journey is different.

Our Dementia Wellbeing Programme is designed to offer practical support and information to help you in your caring role. We can provide group and one-to-one support, financial support, workshops and a Carer Learnig and Wellbeing Programme as well as a Telephone Callback Service and other wellbeing support.

 

Information and Support

One-to-one support in your own home or in a location of your choice.  Contact 0300 028 8888 or info@carerssupport.org.uk for more information.  You can also learn more about Carer Assessments and support plans.

 

Training

Training workshops that look at 'Understanding Dementia' and a Carer Learning and Wellbeing Programme which includes courses such as 'Wills and Power of Attorney', Medication Management' and 'Health Relationships'.

 

Support with finances

As a carer registered with us, you are welcome to apply for a grant from our Carer Wellbeing Fund.  We will help identify any concerns you have about your caring role, your goals, and how we may be able to help you achieve these.  You may be entitled to Attendance Allowance.

 

Support Groups

We have more than 60 support groups running across West Sussex every month.  We have support groups dedicated to people caring for someone with dementia.  You can also download more information on the right hand side of this page.  We also have more general support groups across the county

 

Other services we can provide include

  • Support for you:  Counselling services, Telephone Callback Service, relaxation therapies, respite and timeout events
  • Equipment for independence:  The Equipment for Independence scheme can help carers to access equipment and assistive technology to help maintain and enhance independence and peace of mind in their caring roles.

 

West Sussex Memory Assessment Service

The Memory Assessment Service is the single point of reference for people worried about their memory and their family or carers. The service (provided by the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society) aims to increase the number of people with dementia being diagnosed earlier by providing specialised assessment, diagnosis and medication.

Early diagnosis is important as it can provide people affected by a dementia more control of the condition and crucially enables them to plan ahead.

Dementia Advisors and Dementia Support Workers provide ongoing practical and emotional support to people living with dementia, carers and families, from the point of diagnosis. If you or anyone you know is worried about memory loss please speak to your GP about a referral.

A video from the Alzheimer's Society - A different future

 

Useful links

Alzheimer's Society Their mission is to transform the landscape of dementia forever. Until the day we find a cure, they strive to create a society where those affected by dementia are supported and accepted, able to live in their community without fear or prejudice.

Coastal West Sussex MIND An independent local mental health charity operating in West Sussex. Their work is driven by the needs and experiences of people with a mental health problem. We provide information and support to anyone experiencing mental health issues and campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. 

Coastal West Sussex MIND Midhurst Group

NHS Dementia Choices This site offers information for people with dementia and their families and friends. It aims to raise awareness of dementia, as well as help people create networks and better understand the impact of the condition. There are also links to lots of information on dementia and sources of local and national support.

Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust Information about local services from the county's NHS Mental Health services.

Crossroads Care Crossroads Care South Central covers the counties of West Sussex and parts of Hampshire, offering a full range of flexible services for adults and children with various disabilities or health conditions. This includes Day, Evening and Night services, Self Funding services and Social Clubs.

Age UK Horsham Age UK's wide ranging Home Services for older people cover the whole of Horsham District, from Amberley and Bramber in the south to Rudgwick and Rusper in the north.  They also run hubs and clubs and other services designed especially for people in later life.

Tangmere Dementia Support Hub The Dementia Support Hub intends to serve as a base for dementia oragnisations, enabling all service providers to work together from one location, thus allowing excellent multi-agency team work, networking, communication, reduced duplication of services as well as having quick and easy referrals to each other. 

Henfield Haven Open Monday – Friday, the Henfield Haven is a community owned space providing activities and specialist services.

Admiral Nurses Admiral Nurses provide the specialist dementia support that families need.  When things get challenging or difficult, their nurses work alongside people with dementia, and their families: giving them one-to-one support, expert guidance and practical solutions. 

Know Dementia Telephone support, a visit to your home, time to talk, social activities through our ‘Moments’ sessions: Sporting Moments, Memory Moments Cafés, Green Moments and Musical Moments. Opportunities to meet others in the same position as you, advice on finance and care provision, training on how to cope with the diagnosis, help to set up a dementia friendly community.

Local Wellbeing Hubs The Wellbeing service can help you to find local wellbeing information and services. From this website to the teams in your local area, you can get advice and support on how to make small changes to improve your health and wellbeing, including how to stop smoking, how to become more active or how to make your meals healthier.  

Chichester Dementia Action Alliance,  

Crawley Dementia Action Alliance,  

Haywards Heath Dementia Action Alliance,  

Horsham District Dementia Action Alliance,  

Bognor Dementia Action Alliance

Dementia Adventure Dementia Adventure  is a registered charity that is dedicated to supporting people to live well with dementia and have a sense of adventure in their lives. We believe in the benefits to be gained from regular, active engagement with the natural world.

Dementia Services Development Centre  DSDC is an international centre of knowledge and expertise dedicated to improving the lives of people with dementia.