Dementia Support - East Cheshire Hospice

Dementia Support

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Dementia Services at East Cheshire Hospice are run by our Admiral Nurse Debbie Callow. We are proud to offer four different services to families experiencing dementia in our local community.

Due to COVID-19 services have been adapted to meet the government guidelines and ensure our patient safety. Services are not expected to return to normal until January 2021 at the earliest. To discuss please contact the Admiral nurse on 01625 666990

Our Dementia Services are;

 

Admiral Nurse Outpatient Clinic

Admiral Nurses are specialist dementia nurses that work together with families. They recognise the challenges faced by families experiencing dementia with empathy and understanding. Intervention is done sensitively and knowledgeably, providing practical solutions, management strategies and psychological support to empower families and improve their coping skills. At East Cheshire our Admiral Nurse runs a weekly outpatients clinic open to who have already completed our Dementia Carers Wellbeing Course

Inclusion criteria

If you’ve completed the Dementia Carers Wellbeing Course you can access this expert advice clinic. Please be aware the clinic is an outpatient clinic that runs once a week only and does not currently allow for home visits.

Access

Call our Admiral Nurse on 01625 666990, she will reactive you on our system and book you into the clinic

 

Dementia Carers Wellbeing Course

Currently full until January 2021

Our Dementia Carer Wellbeing Course has been running successfully since 2015 and is a structured eight-week wellbeing and support programme open to carers of people living with dementia. What is unique about our programme is the carer can bring the person with dementia with them, to our amazing day centre the Sunflower Centre, where our trained dementia buddy volunteers will support the person living with dementia whilst the carer can attend the wellbeing programme, gain peer support, education, knowledge, skills and confidence about dementia and their caring role. The course runs 3 times a year, January, May and September.

Benefits of attendance to this programme include; developing resilience, enhancing current coping strategies, developing new ones, sharing experiences, have some respite and gain peer support from others in similar circumstances.

Inclusion criteria

Carer being referred has a GP in East Cheshire CCG boundary

Carer provides regular care support to the person living with dementia

Person living with dementia is independent (see full criteria below for further information)

Access

Please complete referral form below and email, post or fax to the details on the form

 

Community Dementia Companion Service

Service currently suspended due to COVID-19

Our Community Dementia Companion Service primary purpose is to offer carers some respite from their caring role by giving companionship to people in the earlier stages of. Our trained community dementia volunteers (CDCs) will offer companionship and opportunities for the person living with dementia to maintain their interests and social activities, either at home or in the local area if suitable. Visits last 2 hours and are usually once per week.  Visits are planned in partnership with the person and their carer so the carer has a chance to recharge their batteries by doing something enjoyable for themselves.

Benefits of this service are improvements to wellbeing for the person living with dementia and their carer. Ensuring we have rest and relaxation, spending time doing things we enjoy is imperative to maintain good wellbeing for us all. This service gives people the chance to achieve this.

Inclusion criteria

Person being referred has a GP in East Cheshire CCG boundary

Person living with dementia lives with their carer

Person living with dementia is in mild stages of dementia

Person living with dementia is independent (see full criteria below for further information)

Access

Please complete referral form below and email, post or fax to the details on the form

 

Singing Together

** Currently Singing Together will take place virtually on a Zoom conference call. If you would like to sign up to take part in this, please visit www.eastcheshirehospice.org.uk/virtual-singing-together/ or email the team to book a place, with the subject line: Singing Together **

Music is extremely powerful in re-establishing lost connections in those living with dementia due to how the brain stores things with a rhythm separately to how it stores everyday vocabulary. This means a person who may now struggle with conversation can still sing along to the words of a song. By going through this process, it uplifts and brings a sense of joy and improvement to wellbeing, for anyone who takes parts, not just the person living with dementia. Music, along with exercise and nutrition, are the most underutilised tools in dementia care. Singing Together is a chance, once a month, to experience that feeling (you don’t need to be a good singer, it’s all about joining in as much or little as you want) and reminisce about your favourite songs.

The service runs 10.30 – 12.00 on the first Friday of each month but requires booking as spaces are limited.

It is intended that the person with dementia and their loved one will participate together in the session which will be held in our Sunflower Centre.

Inclusion criteria

Person being referred has a GP in East Cheshire CCG boundary

Person living with dementia attends with their carer

Access

To enquire about being able to attend please call our Admiral Nurse Debbie Callow on 01625 666990, please be aware she works part time and may take a few days to get back to you.

 

East Cheshire Hospice is committed to improving the lives of local people living with dementia and their carers’ and development of specific services is included in the Hospice’s five-year strategy. We are committed to increasing the availability and effectiveness of all our existing dementia services, launch new services and improve the ‘dementia friendliness’ of our organisation as a whole.

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