Lewisham Dementia Support Hub has launched a new guide for carers in the borough.
The Guide for Dementia Carers in Lewisham gives answers to some of the more common questions that arise when caring for a person with a dementia diagnosis.
Created by our carers’ advisor, the booklet provides information and contact details about the the services and support available for both carers and cared for in the borough of Lewisham.
Subjects covered include: the side effects of medication; getting out into the community; and looking after yourself as a carer.
Carers have reported finding the booklet an invaluable resource to refer to when a query arises.
Download: Guide for Dementia Carers in Lewisham.
The Lewisham Dementia Support Hub for people diagnosed with dementia and their carers is now a year old. The Hub is a local partnership consisting of MindCare Dementia Support (part of Bromley, Lewisham and Greenwich Mind), Sydenham Garden, Carers Lewisham and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.
Since February 2019, Lewisham Dementia Support Hub has provided a range of services including:
- Personalised support planning for individuals
- Individual support and workshops for carers
- Horticulture, arts and reminiscence groups
- Referrals and signposting to groups, activities and services
Lewisham Dementia Support Hub has been an active member in the Dementia Action Alliance and is working with other alliance members towards making Lewisham a more dementia friendly borough.
Feedback from our service users and their carers includes:
“Fabulous service, good information and advice, easily contactable, friendly and supportive.”
Husband of person with Alzheimer’s diagnosis
“The dementia advisor provided invaluable insight and information. They kept in touch until we were more comfortable with the new situation.”
Son of parent with dementia
“Every time I attend the class my energy is renewed.”
Client attending seated exercise class
Following government guidelines regarding Coronavirus/Covid-19, the Lewisham Dementia Support Hub team members from Mindcare, Carers Lewisham and Sydenham Garden will be working remotely until further notice. All the team have access to emails and have work mobiles.
Due to circumstances we have had to make some changes in how and what we deliver to our service users.
The dementia and carers advisors will be processing referrals, carrying out assessments, support plans and reviews by phone or email. Dementia and carers advisors will be keeping in regular contact by phone with those who have a dementia diagnosis and carers in order to support, signpost, refer and to break isolation.
Dementia hub partner Sydenham Garden are sending out activity packs to service users, including crafts, mindfulness and nature watching activities. Carers Lewisham have an exercise classes that has been set up online.
Please continue to contact us with queries and to send referrals through our dementia hub email: email@example.com. Phone calls to 0203 228 5960 will be diverted to one of the team.
In July, the Lewisham Dementia Support Hub supported Vesna Okaikoi and Eurel Milne, to share their experiences as women living with dementia at Speaking from the Heart, a women-only event hosted by Jane Garvey (presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and the Fortunately podcast). The event was set up by the Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project (DEEP) which is a network linking dementia peer support groups all over the UK.
The gathering included 14 women living with dementia, who spoke openly about specific issues facing women living with dementia. Dementia is the leading cause of death among British women and women are more likely than men to be carers of a loved one with dementia or be part of the care workforce.
The event touched on issues such as:
- retaining femininity
- respect in the workplace
- role as a mother
- changes to family relationships
- living alone and concerns about safety.
Eurel said of the event,
“I really appreciated being chosen to attend the Women Living with Dementia event. I enjoyed learning of their different experiences, and how they cope, also what different groups are doing in their areas.”
“It was very important to meet with other women and I felt I could speak openly about my experiences.”