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Alzheimer's and Dementia Support Services supports people affected by dementia living in Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley. The support offered includes information and guidance, community engagement and care services.
The COVID-19 outbreak has had a big impact on the charity with loss of income from having to close it's day service and community groups as well as having to cancel fundraising events. However the demand on the service is as high as ever with people affected by dementia needing guidance and support throughout this pandemic. There have been over 950 contacts since the lockdown began.
The charity has taken steps to develop their service offer so that people can remain connected, engaged and safe.
This has included virtual groups, including the popular Singing Back the Memories, weekly activity packs posted out to individuals, regular welfare calls and activity videos posted online for people to join in with at home.
This has all been provided free of charge so that nobody misses out on this vital support network.
The charity are also working closely with health and social professionals to identify those people living with dementia that are at risk of isolation and ill health so that they may offer support.
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Hello, my name is Karen and I am 59 years young. I have two daughters, two grandsons and I live with my husband, Michael, and my youngest daughter, Sarah.
Sarah works full time and my husband has recently taken early retirement to support me.
We look after our two grandsons once a week which includes driving and picking up one of them from school. I am a keen ballroom dancer along with my husband and regularly take part in competitions as well as social dancing.
I also have Alzheimer’s. I received my diagnosis in January, 2017. At first, I felt devastated and I shed a few tears. My family were concerned. I now try to remain positive.
I have embraced all the support that has been made available to me, and I am now living well. Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Services has supported me since my diagnosis.
It started with a visit at my home from Mandy. She informed me about and encouraged me to attend the various groups and activities available.
I now attend the Meopham Support Group and Memory Café, the Gravesend Peer Support Group and Memory Café, Singing Back the Memories and Kindred Spirits.
My husband has also attended the Carers Learning Group.
All of these groups and activities make a huge difference to me, they promote my confidence and independence. I enjoy meeting new people, I have made lots of new friends. I’m not thinking about the future, I’d rather enjoy the here and now.
People and relatives described a service that was person centred. People and their loved ones were fully involved in decisions about their care and how it was provided which made sure they received individually led care and support.
The training staff received meant they were skilled in their role and people felt confident they knew what to do and understood their needs.
Relatives described how staff had a good understanding of how living with dementia affects people and how to tailor their support. Taken from The Care Quality Commission Report