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Living with dementia

Social Services and other support groups can provide information and practical assistance which can help someone living with dementia do so with both choice and independence.

It is important to recognise that a person living with dementia remains a person, and needs to be valued and supported as such. This is at the heart of what is known as person-centred dementia care.

A range of neurological conditions associated with dementia can lead to a gradual loss of memory, difficulties with language, concentration and understanding. However there is now clear evidence that people living with dementia can continue to lead enjoyable and purposeful lives with the right kind of support.

Whilst people living with dementia can sometimes express unusual or unexpected behaviours, there is often an underlying reason for this which can be explored, identified and addressed. This can help people living with dementia to be more relaxed and less anxious.

The Alzheimer's Society website has more information about the symptoms and progression of dementia and about living with the condition.

 

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.

Dementia sources of advice and support

A number of local and national organisations provide support for people living with dementia and their carers, without the need for a formal assessment.

Residential reablement services for people with dementia

Social Services have developed an assessment unit which aims to help more people with dementia to continue to live at home.

Common Access Point for Health and Social Care (CAP)

We aim to provide adults and their carers with the right support at the right time by the right person.