Launch of increased support for people living with dementia in Barnstaple and Bideford

Posted by Devon Partnership Trust in Mental health, News on 17th May, 2019

This Dementia Action week (20-26 May), Alzheimer’s Society and Devon Partnership NHS Trust are launching a pilot initiative that will provide more support to people living with dementia in Barnstaple and Bideford, in addition to support already offered by Alzheimer’s Society in North Devon and across the whole county.
 
The pilot will extend the existing Devon and Torbay Dementia Adviser Service, commissioned by Devon County Council and Devon Clinical Commissioning Group, by providing six extra Dementia Support Workers and two extra Mental Health Nurses, to significantly increase the support available following a diagnosis of dementia. 
 
This pilot in Barnstaple and Bideford will work with people with dementia and their carers from the point of their diagnosis to:
Understand the challenges that they are currently facing, and those they may encounter in the future
Enable them to create advance plans of care
Signpost and/or refer to services, groups, activities and other support 
Provide written information about dementia and other health issues
 
Alzheimer’s Society’s #AskUsAnything campaign, to mark Dementia Action Week, urges people in North Devon to include people with dementia and start a conversation. The campaign is announced as research shows that despite almost all of us knowing someone affected by the condition, two-thirds of people living with dementia report feeling isolated and lonely.
 
In a bid to get people talking, Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Community Roadshow bus will be in North Devon during Dementia Action Week to help people start a conversation and unite against dementia.
 
It will be stopping off at  
Jubilee Square in Bideford on Wednesday 22 May between 10am and 4pm 
Barnstaple Library, Barnstaple on Thursday 23 May between 10am and 4pm
 
Claire Tatton, Services Manager for Alzheimer’s Society in Devon said: “We’re delighted to be expanding the Dementia Adviser Service in North Devon. We want everyone affected by dementia to know that whoever you are, whatever you are going through, you can turn to Alzheimer’s Society for support, help and advice. 
“We know people often have questions or concerns about dementia and this Dementia Action Week we’d like to encourage people to come along and see our friendly team at our roadshow stops in Bideford and Barnstaple. 
“If you’re unable to visit us on those days then we’d encourage people to give us a call or send us an email and we’d be only too happy to help”.  
Chris Whitehead, Managing Partner for Older People’s Services at Devon Partnership NHS Trust adds: “As an organisation we fully recognise the importance of listening to the views and opinions of people who use our services, as well as their families and carers. We are therefore delighted to be able to announce the expansion of the Dementia Adviser Service in to North Devon.
 
“Building on the existing service it will address the previously expressed desire from people with dementia and their carers for there to be someone who they can approach for help and advice at any stage.”
 
To contact the Devon and Torbay Dementia Adviser service for information and support, please contact 0300 123 2029 or devon@alzheimers.org.uk 

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