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Support with Dementia

Support for Living with Dementia

Alzheimer’s Society

They're a vital source of support and a powerful force for change for everyone affected by dementia.

Alzheimer’s Society is here for everyone affected by dementia.

Dementia Connect

If you need dementia support, they're here for you. We know dementia affects everyone differently.  So whether you, a loved one, a friend or neighbour is affected by dementia.

Live Well With Dementia Programme 

The Alzheimer's Society is running a Live Well with Dementia Programme over 7 weeks, for 3 hours a week.

 

This course is to help people living with dementia manage their health and well-being. This will include planning for the future, how to talk about dementia with others and becoming aware of services and support available. 

 

For more information contact the Alzheimer's Society Wakefield Team on 01924 373264 or email wakefield@alzheimers.org.uk for more information or to book a place. 

Age UK

The Age UK team are trained to identify any information that will best answer your questions. This might be by sending you advice guides or helping to find local services in your area. Age UK will also help to direct you to the best place to go for further support and advice.

Healthwatch Wakefield 

'Dementia' is a term used to describe a group of symptoms which signals a decline of the brain's functionality. 

Dementia is a loss of mental skills that affects your daily life. It can cause memory problems, and how you think and plan. But, you are able to live well with dementia.

For more information and support, please see Healthwatch Wakefield. 

NHS - Dementia Guide 

If you or someone you know is worried about becoming increasingly forgetful, particularly if they're older than 65, you should talk to a GP about the possibility of dementia.

This guide offers information for people with dementia and their families and friends. It aims to raise awareness of dementia, as well as help people create networks and better understand the impact of the condition.

DEEP (Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project)

DEEP is a UK network of dementia voices. It connects groups in local communities across the UK that wants to strive for change and speak out about the issues people with dementia face.

They have created a "Knowledge is Power" guide with tips and advice on how to make life after a dementia diagnosis easier.  You can read the guide here.

Care Homes

Residential care provides accommodation, meals, leisure activities, personal care and emotional support, 24 hours per day, seven days a week. Residential placements are for people over the age of 18 who live in Wakefield and can't live independently at home due to physical or learning disabilities.

Support for Caring for Someone with Dementia

Dementia UK - Admiral Nurses 

Admiral Nurses are specialist dementia nurses. Continually supported and developed by Dementia UK, they provide life-changing support for families affected by all forms of dementia – including Alzheimer’s disease.

Live Well Wakefield 

Live Well Wakefield is a social wellbeing service, commissioned by Wakefield Council and jointly delivered by Nova Wakefield District and South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. The service is for all adults (18+), who are Wakefield district residents in need of information, advice and support in coping with everyday life.

MY Therapy 

MY Therapy is a community-based therapy service providing visits to patients in their homes and clinic settings that are registered with a Wakefield GP in the district and the surrounding area.

Social Care Direct 

Contact Social Care Direct if you or someone you know appears to need adult social care services in Wakefield. Or if you have a concern for someone's wellbeing.

Care Link 

At Care Link they support over 15,000 customers to enjoy independence in their own home from just 73p per day.

They provide a range of discreet sensors, home visiting and a 24 hour responder service, in a range of packages to suit your personal needs and budget.

Rapid Access Service 

The rapid access service team acts as a single point of access for all referrals to older peoples services 365 days a year.

They provide an initial assessment for all service users presenting with mental health needs and signpost them to the most appropriate care. This includes referrals for the Wakefield memory service for individuals over the age of 65.

Rapid access provides a comprehensive service that includes initial assessment, crisis work and home-based treatment.

NHS Complex Needs Service

As a Trust, Mid Yorkshire aims to ensure that all patients with a complex need (learning disabilities, autism, dementia, delirium and mental health) receive good quality care at the same level as all patients accessing the Trust.

Their forward plan document sets out the Trust’s commitment to striving for excellence
for patients with Complex Needs in our care.

Wakefield Discovery College run short courses and one off workshops across the whole of the Wakefield district to support you to; understand and manage health conditions, find new skills and interests, build strengths and inner resources, engage in physical activity and become an expert in your own self-care.

The Wakefield Recovery and Wellbeing College and Wakefield Discovery College have been developed in partnership with South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust staff, volunteers, people with lived experiences of mental and physical ill health and with organisations across the Wakefield district and the surrounding areas.

Email: wakefielddiscoverycollege@swyt.nhs.uk

Groups in Wakefield District

Active Minds Pontefract 

An adult day care for the young and elderly community with learning disabilities and dementia care. The team offer a wide range of daily activities to enhance wellbeing and build independence.

St Catherine's 

St Catherine's Church is open for Worship every Sunday at 10:30am.  Everyone is welcome.

CISWO

The Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation. They're a UK-wide charity providing free support to former coal miners and their families.

Since 1995, they've been working to improve lives and reduce disadvantage in coal mining communities. Their services make a real difference to people’s lives. Their focus is on providing for former mineworkers and their families most in need through our personal welfare service, helping people with practical and emotional support, benefits advice, advice about coping with ill-health and immobility and providing access to financial support.

Homeinstead Wakefield

Homeinstead Wakefield provides high quality care for people in their own homes.  They provide a wide range of services and aim to support individuals to continue living in the comfort of their own home where they are the happiest. The services included are: home help, companionship, personal cal, dementia care and live-in care.

New Hope Elderly Day Care

New Hope Elderly Day Care is located in Featherstone and they aim to promote independence and stimulation for the elderly while offering respite for families and carers. 

Radfield Home Care

Radfield Home Care was established with the aim to provide a high-quality care service to help older people at home. They provide care services that support individuals that have been affected by medical conditions such as dementia, Parkinson's disease, stroke, etc. Some of the services provided are: end-of-life care, live in care packages, companionship care, post-hospital discharge care, and more.

Memory Action Group

A peer support group for people living with dementia and their carers. 

Drop in Centre   

At West Wakefield Methodist Church (Lower Hall), Thornes Road, Wakefield, WF2 8QR

Open every Wednesday 2pm – 4pm and every Friday 2pm – 4pm (fourth Friday each month in upper hall for Singalong & Dancing).

For Further information contact Jan on 01924 365213, 07963 568892 or jan.archbold@outlook.com

Useful documents provided by Memory Action Group:

Bless Memory Friendship Group

A group for people living with dementia and their carers to have fun singing, dancing and create friendships. 

Every Monday 1.30 - 3.30pm at Upton Village Hall and alternate Fridays at Bless Hemsworth.

Contact 07907 106360 or juliegreen@blesscommunityservices.co.uk for more information.

Open Heart Memory Cafe

The Sacred Heart Church Hall in Pontefract hosts a drop in cafe for people with dementia, their friends, family and carers. It is open every second Friday of every month. 

For more information, please contact 07921505706 or openheartmemorycafe@gmail.com

Singing for the Brain

Singing for the Brain is a service provided by the Alzheimer's Society for people with dementia. You can join singing groups to meet new people in a friendly and fun environment. 

There are groups across the Wakefield District including Wakefield, Horbury, Pontefract, Castleford and more. You can find your local group here: Singing for the Brain | Alzheimer's Society (alzheimers.org.uk)

Support Groups 

Carers Wakefield  provide the opportunity for carers to meet together in a relaxed, informal atmosphere over a cup of tea or coffee. Many people gain help and support by meeting together with others who have similar experiences or problems.

All groups are different, some purely social and some also offering the chance to hear talks on caring issues or topics of general interest. Most groups organise activities, social events and outings throughout the year for carers.

Getting Out and About

Access Bus 

AccessBus is a dial-a-ride bus service providing door-to-door local transport, seven days a week between 9am and 5pm.

It is of particular benefit to people who are unable to use standard bus services, as the driver assists passengers from door-to-door, including boarding and alighting. The buses are fully accessible, fitted with seatbelts and the most up-to-date wheelchair restraints.

A dementia diagnosis does not mean you have to stop driving, but dementia may affect your ability to drive safely. 

You must tell the DVLA if you are diagnosed with dementia as you can be fined for not informing them. You can find the form needed to fill out to send to the DVLA here.

Dementia UK and Alzheimer's Society have useful information and guidance on what to do if you are diagnosed with dementia and drive. 

People living with dementia may be eligible for a Blue Badge. This is a scheme that can help give people with both physical and hidden disabilities more accessible parking spaces, such as disabled parking spaces.

You can apply for a Blue Badge on the Wakefield Council website here.

Last updated: 5/12/2023