Helping people live well with dementia
Posted on: 7 September 2017
Devon County Council is working with the Alzheimer’s Society to help support people with dementia.
The new contract with the Alzheimer’s Society means that Dementia Support Workers, which are highly valued by carers of people with dementia, will continue to work in local communities across Devon.
Dementia Support Workers work in towns and villages, helping people with the condition, and their families, to identify and make use of local services that can help them.
Helping communities to be more resilient and able to respond to residents’ needs will help people with dementia live independently for as long as possible, without need for ongoing care.
Anne Rollings, Alzheimer’s Society Operations manager for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, said:
“Finding out that you or someone you know has dementia can be overwhelming. Our Dementia Advisor Service offers information and practical guidance to help people understand the condition, cope with day-to-day challenges and prepare for the future.
“We’re really pleased that Devon County Council is supporting us to reach people living with dementia in the county and offer them this vital support.”
Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for adult social care, said:
“We’re delighted to be working with the Alzheimer’s Society to help build networks of support in local communities for people with dementia and their carers.
“More people are living well with dementia thanks to the support of local groups and organisations, many of them charities and social enterprises that support people living at home.”
To find out more about services that support people with dementia in your local community visit Pinpoint, www.pinpointdevon.co.uk.
To contact the Alzheimer’s Society, visit www.alzheimers.org.uk.