We can help you if you or someone you care for
is confused or has loss of memory (known as dementia).
What is dementia?
Dementia is a condition which is caused by
damage to, or disease of, the brain.
People with dementia usually experience:
- disorientation and confusion
- loss in memory
- difficulties with communications,
understanding and judgement
- become withdrawn, anxious or frustrated
It is a progressive condition where
symptoms become more severe over time.
People of any age can be affected, but it is
most common in older people.
How do I get a diagnosis?
If you are concerned that your or someone you
know may have dementia, you should contact your GP. The GP will
make an initial diagnosis or refer you to a specialist.
It is important that you get a proper
diagnosis to find out whether the symptoms are as a result of
dementia or caused by some other condition.
How do I access services?
If you feel you would benefit from a care
service from the council, we will need to carry out an
assessment of what your needs are. If you are eligible we can
set up this service. For an assessment please contact the
Community Care Advice Centre.
What support is available?
If you have been diagnosed as having dementia,
we can offer a range of services and support to enable you and
your carer to live as normal life as possible:
Whether or not you are eligible for support
from the council, you can still receive help from voluntary
organisations (see useful websites below).
If you require additional information, please
contact the Community Care Advice