Local Wellbeing Centre Planned for Dementia Patients

Published on 22/10/2012
First Community Health and Care Dementia Support

Tandridge is in line to have a new wellbeing centre part of a Surrey-wide scheme to improve access to care, support and information for people with dementia or memory problems and their carers. The Wellbeing Centre will be launched in January 2013.

The centre, located within the Douglas Brunton Community Centre in Caterham on the Hill, will focus on providing help and advice, particularly for those in the early stages of dementia, including drop in sessions, one to one appointments and life skills groups. The project is a partnership between Tandridge District Council, Surrey County Council, the Alzheimer’s Society and Surrey and Borders Partnership Trust.

Included in the Wellbeing centre will be services specific to people with learning disabilities. 80% of people with Down’s Syndrome are likely to get dementia and new services to support these individuals and their families are being developed.

The Wellbeing centre will also include a telecare demonstration suite. Telecare is a range of equipment designed to help people live independently and remain safe in their own home. The demonstration suite will be open to the public and health care professionals. For more information on telecare see www.surreytelecare.com

According to Surrey County Council (SCC), which is involved in the scheme, many people are not aware of the services and support available and only seek help when the condition has deteriorated.

Social care and health staff will be based at the centres, with support provided by the Alzheimer’s Society and Surrey and Borders Partnership Trust.

It is estimated that around 570,000 people in the UK have dementia, a disease that causes memory loss, an inability to finish tasks and the loss of speech and mobility.

The county council’s cabinet member for adult social care and health, Michael Gosling, said: “Dealing with the confusion and forgetfulness that are the early signs of dementia is difficult enough.

“Until now people have had the added challenge of navigating a maze of services but, by working as one team, councils, the NHS and voluntary groups are making life easier for people with the illness.”