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People affected by dementia are at the heart of everything we do and are encouraged to be involved with our services, at all levels, enabling us to offer unique and bespoke support.

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.

We empower people affected by dementia to carry on their chosen lifestyle.

 

We equip people with the knowledge and practical support to live well with dementia.

 

We are proud to have built a local reputation for providing excellence in dementia support and care

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

Karen's story

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