Dementia is a key health and social care issue for Bromley Council.
We work closely with and fund partners and experts in the field to improve the care and experience of those living with the condition. Last week saw the launch of two of the latest dementia cafés to be opened in the borough. Funded by the council, these Dementia Wellbeing and Exercise Cafés are run by MindCare, one of the council’s strategic partners and is a place for those with dementia, their families and friends to socialise and enjoy light fitness activities. The cafes are held in the United Reformed Church, Giggs Hill, Orpington and 28 Beckenham Road, Beckenham. For more information contact Mindcare on 020 8249 7282.
A recent council initiative where local organisations bid for grant funding has seen a number of other projects being launched across the borough to support those with dementia. These include: a new specialist dementia unit run by Age Concern Orpington in the Saxon Centre to help those with higher needs; an Age UK Bromley and Greenwich activities coordinator for older people in Chislehurst; Saturday opening to provide extended opportunities for socialising and respite support for carers at the Bertha James Centre run by Age Concern, Ravensbourne; Bromley and Lewisham Mind working with older people who have dementia in the BME communities in Penge and Beckenham; and a link worker at the Biggin Hill Community Care Association to support local people to continue to live independently. A second round of grants will be awarded later this year.
Executive Councillor for Care Services, Robert Evans, said, “The number of residents living with dementia has increased significantly in the last ten years and is expected to continue to rise. Our aim is to help those living with dementia and their carers to make informed choices about how they live their lives. A key part of our approach is to support local organisations and experts who are often best placed to identify what people need on the ground and help them to develop new ideas and initiatives to respond to those needs.”
A further part of the Council’s work in this area saw the saw the recent launch of a new