Dementia information and support

19.05.2020

Dementia Action Week normally takes place at this time of year but due to current circumstances the Alzheimer’s Society have had to take the decision to postpone Dementia Action Week 2020 until later in the year.

Living with dementia can bring challenges at any time but coronavirus is making day-to-day life much harder for people living with or supporting someone with dementia. Although Dementia Action Week has been postponed, we know it is a difficult time for anyone affected by dementia and wanted to share some of the help and support that is available.

A message from Cheshire and Warrington Carers

In these challenging times it is even more important that we work together to ensure that our communities are safe and supportive to those affected by dementia. As part of the Cheshire West Carer Support Service we have been working closely with the local authority and voluntary sector colleagues to ensure that people with dementia and their carers can access information, advice and support to stay safe and well.

This has included specialist support from our colleagues at the Alzheimer’s Society who have provided a range of online tools to support people in their homes including interactive sessions. We have also been working hard to keep in touch with carers via the telephone, providing a listening ear as well as practical support including access to financial support where needed.

Cheshire and Warrington Carers Trust continue to offer a range of services to carers including groups and virtual one-to-one appointments.

If any carers would like information, advice or support in their caring role we would encourage them to call our helpline on 0300 102 0008 or email advice@cheshireandwarringtoncarers.org.

Age UK Cheshire

Age UK Cheshire continues to provide dementia information and support to people across Cheshire West. The dementia support workers can offer information and signposting to other sources of support that could be helpful to people living with a diagnosis of dementia and their carers. They are currently not conducting face-to-face or home visits but are available to speak to during office hours on weekdays.

The dementia support workers can be contacted via the Age UK Cheshire central access number 01606 881660 or by emailing dswnorthwich@ageukcheshire.org.uk.

How communities can help

People living with dementia face social isolation, now more than ever.

Learn about the challenges people face so you can support them in your community’s response to coronavirus.

Other useful information and support

Cheshire West and Chester dedicated helpline

The helpline can provide advice and support, and practical help with arrangements for food, medicines and social support where it is needed. Those most at risk will be prioritised but the helpline can help anyone that needs support which cannot be provided by family, friends or neighbours.

Live Well Cheshire West

Live Well online information hub for community support local services and support for residents in Cheshire West and ‘Coping with Coronavirus’.

Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Advice Services

Information about all aspects of living with dementia and support to access services.

Dementia UK

Helpline for people supporting someone living with dementia, staffed by dementia specialists.

Young Dementia UK

COVID-19 – Support for carers and people living with dementia.

Chapel House Dementia Resource Community

Keeping Well at Home

A guide to help older people stay healthy at home during the COVID-19 lockdown has been published by academics at The University of Manchester in collaboration with the Ageing Hub at Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA).

Activity ideas for people living with dementia

Distancing with Dementia

A new website with practical ideas for living with dementia during social distancing has been launched.

Distancing with Dementia is a new website resource created by the Dementia Change Action Network.

The website contains ideas about ideas for ways to stay connected and active without leaving home. You can also submit your own ideas too.

The Alzheimer’s Society activity ideas

The Alzheimer’s Society has activity ideas for people living with dementia.

TDW Radio

TDW Radio for those with dementia or those that want to listen to older classics. Playing reminiscent songs and radio programme.