Dementia is an umbrella term for a range of progressive disorders affecting the brain, the most common of which are Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. It is more common in those over 65 years of age but can occur in younger people.
Dementia results in a progressive decline in multiple areas of function, including memory, reasoning, communication skills and the skills needed to carry out daily activities. Some people may also develop behavioural and psychological symptoms such as depression, psychosis, aggression, and eating problems, which can challenge the skills and capacity of carers and services.
It is important to remember you are not alone, over 800,000 people in the UK have dementia.
Dementia Friendly Communities
The Dementia Friendly Communities programme focuses on improving the inclusion and quality of life of people with dementia.
A Dementia Friendly Community should:
- improve awareness and understanding around dementia
- encourage people with dementia and their carers to seek help and support
- enable people with dementia to feel included, independent and have more choice and control over their lives
Dementia support line: 0333 150 3456
Dementia support email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Holybourne Day Centre
Holybourne Day Centre will close permanently on Sunday 28 February 2021.
The centre closed during the first national lockdown, from 23rd March 2020 and has remained closed as a building-based service since. During the closure, the day centre staff have been providing outreach to service users either in their homes, in the local community, or over the telephone. This support has been much reduced in comparison to the building-based day centre offer.
The Council has been in regular discussions with the provider about the re-opening of the building-based day service. Regrettably, Four Seasons Healthcare have stated they will not be reopening the day centre and have also notified the Council of their decision to sell the building, bringing the contract to an end on 28 February 2021.
All the service users who were receiving a service are being reviewed by the Social Work teams and will be provided alternative support based on their needs or given information regarding what alternative support will be available.
The Council is currently exploring options for a future specialist day centre to support people with dementia and aims to consult with a range of stakeholders on the future of day services later this year. If you would like to be involved in the consultations, please contact the Commissioning Team on ASCommissioning@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk
If you need advice and information on support available then please contact the Wandsworth Access Team on, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm:
Telephone: 020 8871 7707
SMS Phone: 07940 775 107
More information on dementia and dementia services is available on our Careplace directory.