New service to support people with dementia and their carers
Published Monday, 23 January 2017
A new dementia service to support people with dementia and their carers is now up and running across the borough.
The Bromley Dementia Support Hub provides one stop access to support for both Bromley residents living with dementia and their friend and family carers.
This is particularly important as Bromley’s ageing population means that the level of people suffering from dementia in the borough is higher than any other London borough.
Anyone diagnosed with dementia can be visited in their own home to plan support around their needs and receive information about dementia, their rights and local services. Everyone is treated individually and provided with information and support that is right for them.
Families and friends caring for a person with dementia can benefit from information, training and workshops to learn about dementia. Local activity and support groups are available for people with dementia and their carers to meet other local people with similar experiences of dementia. Personalised coaching in the home is also available for individual carers and family groups. This ensures that carers are better equipped to offer support and help manage changing dementia care needs, as they plan for the future.
The Bromley Dementia Support Hub volunteer befrienders are available to provide companionship, support to carry out everyday activities in the home and local community, help for people to stay active and give family carers a break from caring. It is crucial that whilst living with dementia, people are not isolated.
By finding out about and taking advantage of support that is available locally, people can live as well as possible with dementia, in their own homes and local community. No one will have to face dementia alone and carers can plan for the future, secure in their knowledge about the condition.
The Bromley Dementia Support Hub also works with local businesses, public and charity sector organisations to help make Bromley a dementia-friendly community, where people can understand more about dementia, how it affects people and how to provide appropriate help to customers living with dementia.
Bromley Council’s Executive Member for Care Services Cllr Robert Evans said: “Once someone has been diagnosed with dementia, the Bromley Dementia Support Hub is somewhere that they, their families and friends can get more information and advice during what might otherwise be an isolating time. Knowing where to go for practical information, advice and services is important in helping people make informed decisions about managing the condition and planning for the future.”
Dr Atul Arora, Bromley GP and Clinical Lead at NHS Bromley Clinical Commissioning Group, said “We know dementia can affect all aspects of a person’s life as well as their families, and a diagnosis can be a difficult time for all those concerned. However, it is important that people with dementia shouldn’t simply stop what they enjoy in life and instead, with the right advice and support, remain as independent as possible and continue to enjoy their usual activities. If you are worried that someone you know may be showing the signs of dementia please urge them to see their GP.”
If you or someone you care for has been diagnosed with dementia and feel you could benefit from assistance from the Bromley Dementia Support Hub, please contact the Hub on 020 3328 0366 or visit www.bromleydementiasupporthub.org.uk
Picture shows: Dementia Hub Manager, Mark Saddler and Community Development Worker, Nicola Fishman at the Bromley Dementia Support Hub.