Dementia Support - East Cheshire Hospice

Dementia Support

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Welcome to Dementia Services at East Cheshire Hospice. We are proud to offer four different services to families experiencing dementia in our local community.

Please see some of our dementia services below;

Dementia Carers Wellbeing Course

Our course returns to normal running from June 2021 post COVID.

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.

Carer provides regular care support to the person living with dementia.

Access

Please complete referral form at the bottom of this page and email or post to the details on the form.

 

Admiral Nurse Outpatient Clinic

Currently on hold until September 2022 due to maternity leave. Recommended to encourage people to contact the Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline on 0800 888 6678

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 carers who’s loved one is on the Gold Standards Framework (GSF), this means the person is considered to be in their last year of life.

Inclusion criteria

Carer being referred has a GP in East Cheshire.

Carer is struggling to cope with the complexities of dementia.

Person experiencing dementia is on the GSF in their last year of life.

Access

Service on hold due to maternity leave – not accepting referrals at this time.

 

Community Dementia Companion Service

Service to return to normal post COVID by end of summer 2021

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.

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 at the bottom of this page and email or post to the details on the form.

 

Singing Together

Returning to normal in person monthly running post COVID from July 2021

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.

It is intended that the person with dementia and their loved one will participate together in the session

Inclusion criteria

Person being referred has a GP in East Cheshire.

Person living with dementia attends with their carer.

Access

Please contact 01625 666 990 to confirm a place.

 

Love to Move

Running as a monthly in person session from July 2021

Love to Move is a seated and cognitive enhancement programme in partnership with the British Gymnastics Foundation and Sports England. It’s based on fundamental gymnastics movement and it is aimed at older people from 55 to 105. Love to Move particularly benefits older people living with dementia to improve communication, mobility, building stamina and increasing wellbeing.

The service runs 10.30 – 12.00 on the third Friday of each month but requires booking.

It is intended that the person with dementia and their loved one will participate together in the session

Inclusion criteria

Person being referred has a GP in East Cheshire.

Person living with dementia attends with their carer.

Access

Please contact 01625 666 990 to confirm a place.

 

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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