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Dementia support from Social Services

Social Services work in partnership with the health service and the voluntary sector to provide information, services and support for people living with dementia and their carers.

Before someone can receive support from Social Services we will have to carry out an assessment of their needs.

The assessment process 

An assessment helps us to see if a person has care and support needs, and to work out if they are eligible for help from Social Services. Often, both social workers and health service staff will be involved in the assessment process, depending on the kind of difficulties that someone is experiencing. We have found that we can support people with dementia most effectively by looking at all aspects of the person and the family or other carers who are supporting them as one whole. There is more information on Care and Support Assessments for Adults.

We aim to provide support which enables people with dementia to continue to live in their own homes or, where appropriate, a care home. Through building on a person's strengths, life history and current abilities, and by focusing on relationships, feelings and activities that have some meaning for the individual, we aim to develop and increase their independence and well-being. The support Social Services can provide will vary according to someone's assessed needs. There is more information in our factsheet  PDF Document Dementia Support Services (Factsheet 042) (PDF, 48KB)Opens new window.

Social Services support may include:

  • Care and Support at Home- someone to help with day-to-day tasks such as washing, dressing and meals that someone with dementia might find too difficult on their own.  See Care at Home
  • Assistive Technology - sensors, alarms and gadgets that help keep people with dementia safe at home and enable them to do things they would otherwise be unable to do themselves. There is comprehensive information on assistive technology for people with dementia on this website:
  • A break from home - Day Centres and Social Groups can provide an opportunity for people living with dementia to have social contact and stimulation. Groups exist for people at various stages of dementia. See A Break from Home for more information.
  • A break for the carer - It is important that carers look after their own health and wellbeing. Sometimes a carer may need a break from their caring responsibilities. This could be just for a few hours or may be a couple of weeks. See Short Breaks for Adults
  • Residential Assessment Service - Specialist support to help people with dementia regain the skills and confidence to return to live at home after a period of ill health.  See Residential Reablement Services for more information.
  • Long-term residential care - Sometimes it is no longer possible to care safely for someone with dementia at home. This may be because of the way their condition is affecting them, or may be because the carer's own circumstances make it difficult. More information about Residential and Nursing Care

Is there a charge for our services? 

There is a charge for some of our services including care at home and residential care.

        PDF Document Charges for Care and Support at Home (Factsheet 008) (PDF, 34KB)Opens new window

        PDF Document Paying for Care in a Residential or Nursing Home (Factsheet 010) (PDF, 33KB)Opens new window

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