Help at home in South Staffordshire
Help at home in Southern Staffordshire
There is a range of services across North Staffordshire that support people living with dementia to remain in their own homes. If you are eligible for help at home you will receive help and support according to your needs. Support services are also available for families and carers. These services include personal care services, domestic help, day care services, sitting services and respite care:
- The Staffordshire County Council, Purple Pages is an online directory that lists services and community groups across the county
- Staffordshire County Council and Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust also provides a range of services, including care at home, meals and transport. Click here for more information
- Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust also provides a particular dementia specific support services called the Staying at Home Scheme, which supports people at home after discharge from a secondary care setting.
- Crossroads service for sitting - Crossroads Care Staffordshire offers a full range of respite services to support carers and the people they care for including palliative care services, domestic homecare services, an emergency service, one to one and group activities. Click here for more information.
- SSOTP also has social worker discharge teams linked to Mid staffs and Cannock Community Hospital to work with Dementia discharge liaison when discharge is facilitated.
- The memory assessment service provides advice and support across the county. The memory service is provided by MAC UK Healthcare Ltd.
- Alzheimer’s Society offers information and advice to people with dementia, their families and carers on a wide range of matters, including services and support groups, education and coping strategies
- The Purple Pages is an online directory that lists advice and information services across the county.
- South Staffordshire and Shropshire NHS Foundation Trust also has an emergency duty team that will respond to all out-of-hours social service crisis situations, including the elderly and vulnerable or those experiencing difficulties with services. Angie, is this correct?
- Alzheimer's Society national dementia helpline can provide information, support, guidance and signposting to other organisations. The helpline number is 0300 222 1122 9.00 - 5.00 available Monday – Friday and 10.00 – 4.00 Saturday and Sunday
- Alzheimer's Society also offers support for people with an early diagnosis of dementia. The support is provided by other people in similar circumstances.
Community services in Southern Staffordshire
Other services to help people living with dementia are provided by community and voluntary organisations. These include:
Memory cafes offer a relaxed and informal setting for those affected by memory problems and their carers to access support and information. Operating on a ‘drop-in’ basis, they give people the chance to meet other people and exchange experiences and information and receive practical help and emotional support. The cafes are run by trained volunteers with the support of health professionals. There are memory cafes run by the Carers Association South Staffordshire in the following areas:
- Burton on Trent
Alzheimers Society Dementia Clinics – run weekly in Lichfield and Stafford by a Dementia Adviser. To book an appointment ring 01543 255955.
Alzheimers Society Peer Support Groups – run monthly in Lichfield and Burton.
Alzheimer’s Society Cognitive Stimulation – one session already taken place in Lichfield and one due to start March in Stafford for newly diagnosed people with dementia. Looking for funding to continue/develop
Day centres provide an opportunity to meet new people and try new activities, whilst giving your carer a short break. Day centres provided by Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent NHS Partnership Trust are available across North Staffordshire for those who are eligible. Click here for more information.
Staffordshire County Council also provide a service for people who wish to recruit a carer who can help them to live an ordinary life at home, this service is called Care Match as is part of the overall Staffordshire Cares services. Click here for more information.
For people who receive care from a Personal Assistant (PA), there is support via a Staffordshire county council service called ‘CareMatch’ for PA’s to access various short courses to help them build on existing care skills and knowledge. www.carematch.org.uk
People who support those with dementia are able to access FREE on-line courses to help gain a better understanding of dementia. Contact the CareMatch team on 01785 355837 and ask for information about accessing the ‘SCILS website’.
Care homes in South Staffordshire
Many care homes in South Staffordshire provide care for people living with dementia.
Many care homes encourage families and carers to be involved in the care of the person with dementia. Often appropriate activities, such as a range of therapeutic arts, will be provided for residents and their families and carers will be invited to join in.