Rossendale Dementia Carers' Strategy
Start of the journey
Memory Assessment Service (MAS) Provided by Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust:
*Please be aware that this process can take some time, depending on how the patient shows symptoms*
The team run memory assessment sessions and provides assessment and diagnosis for people with suspected dementia. You may be asked to take your Cared for person for a brain scan to help in the diagnostic process.
Following diagnosis, the team may ask to see you again to monitor any medication the recommend and provide you with a named case manager.
Memory Assessment Service (MAS) They will provide you with an introductory pack with information about support you can access to help you now, plan for the future or invite you to a post diagnostic group.
The aim is to provide you with the skills to understand and manage the illness and enable people to be cared for at home for as long as possible.
Age UK Lancashire Dementia Services:
Are there to make sure you have all the right information and offer advice and support for the person with dementia and the carer to make plans for the future. It is important to do this a soon as possible and while the person living with dementia can make decisions for themselves, so that this does not become an additional challenge for the carer and family.
The sooner this is done, the better! Can be done at any stage but must be done while the loved one still understands what the action is and why it is being put in place. Contact your family solicitor or for a local solicitor, the Law Society can recommend local solicitors who deal with Power of Attorney. Please note that any changes to the document (such as appointing further family members) will mean that the full fee is payable a second time.
However, you can arrange Power of Attorney yourself. Make, register or end a lasting Power of Attorney – www.gov.uk
In no particular order: contact details of organisations that may be able to help you
Age UK Lancashire Tel 0300 303 1234 or www.ageuklancs.org.uk
Age Uk Lancashire provide an all round service, you do not need to be referred to find out information about what to do next. They can explain all the support that will be needed should there be a diagnosis of dementia. They can provide support through the process with hospitals and specialists.
Rossendale Borough Council for council tax allowances, A-Z of services. Telephone number 01706 217777
The Silver Line - Aimed at older people but not exclusive, offers a telephone befriending service and can also arrange weekly visiting service. 0800 470 8090 www.thesilverline.org.uk
Rossendale Memory Choir – Weekly choir sessions for those with a mild to moderate dementia www.rossendalememorychoir.org John Rattigan at Crossroads (01282 832548)
Carers Link supports unpaid carers across Lancashire, 0345 688 7116, 01254 387444 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dementia UK (Admiral Nurses) telephone support line 0800 8886678Age Uk Lancashire 0300 303 1234 www.ageuklancs.org.uk
Samaritans telephone support line 116123
Lancashire County Council Social Care Service (0300 123 6720)
Rossendale and Hyndburn Citizens Advice 0344 488 9622 www.citizensadvice.org.uk
This Strategy was created by the Made In Haslingden Carers' Group. It's aim is to provide and support other carers.
With grateful thanks to Jane, Margaret, David, Karen, Janet and Rachel for their time, research and desire to help others.