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Alzheimer's Society chosen to deliver support service for dementia in Kingston

Alzheimer's Society chosen to deliver support service for dementia in Kingston
20 June 2019

From 1 August 2019, the Alzheimer’s Society will be providing support services for those with a diagnosis of dementia and their carers on behalf of the council and NHS Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

The new service will build on work already underway to create a Dementia Friendly Community in the borough as part of the implementation of Kingston’s Dementia strategy, (2015 - 2020).  This complements the dementia support service. The service will support people with a diagnosis of dementia and their carers with support plans, and link them into community support to ensure their needs are being met. This has been provided by Alzheimer’s Society for residents of Kingston since 2012, and is based at Tolworth Hospital, with GP clinics at Kingston and Surbiton Health Centres.

A Dementia Friendly Community is defined by the Alzheimer’s Society as a city, town or village where people with dementia are understood, respected, supported, and confident they can contribute to community life. More than 1,700 people in Kingston are living with dementia.

Councillor Kim Bailey, Kingston Council’s portfolio holder with responsibility for Public Health, said: “We’re delighted to be working with the Alzheimer’s Society on the dementia development and support service. They do incredible work and we’re confident they will deliver terrific support for people in Kingston with dementia, as well as helping equip families and carers in the best possible way to assist those with the condition.”

Hilary Dodd, Services Manager, Alzheimer's Society in Kingston Upon Thames said: “A diagnosis of dementia can be a daunting and bewildering experience and many people don’t know there’s support available or how to access it. From the beginning of someone’s journey with dementia, right the way through the condition - dementia advisers and dementia support workers are there to support and provide information in the right way, at the right time and signpost people to additional support.”

“We are really pleased to be working with Kingston Council and Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group to deliver these new dementia support services in the borough, which will enable us to support a larger number of people affected by dementia.”

Tonia Michaelides, Managing Director, NHS Kingston CCG, and mental health lead for south west London, said: “As the NHS improves diagnosis of dementia, we realise that more patients, their families and carers will need support. Creating an environment where people with dementia can feel confident they will be treated well and understood will go a long way to supporting people to live with dementia in their community and help their overall wellbeing.”

The service aims to raise awareness of the condition and work with people recently diagnosed with dementia to develop an improved understanding of their needs, and support adults with dementia to receive the services, help, information and advice they require. Other objectives include ensuring the services and support provided are local, accessible and meet the range of needs of the community including those with early onset dementia, offering help through the likes of telephone, email, face to face, community/clinic-based, home visits, one to one and group support, and training families and carers of people with dementia.

If you are concerned that you or a family member is getting increasingly forgetful and may be developing dementia, book an appointment with your GP or Practice Nurse for a chat about this; or visit NHS Choices for further information: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/dementia/about 

 

Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group, 2nd floor, Thames House,
180 High Street, Teddington, TW11 8HU
Tel: 020 39419900
Email: kingstonccg.communications@swlondon.nhs.uk

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