The above video shows two local carers talking about their experiences of caring for a loved one with dementia and of Dudley's dementia gateways.
Dudley borough residents are benefiting from a new approach to the care and treatment of people with dementia, as well as support given to carers and family members.
Anyone worried about Dementia , diagnosed with the condition, their families and carers can ask for help from the Borough’s two Dementia Gateways. Dementia nurses from the Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group are linked to both Gateways.
If Dementia is suspected by a GP, they will refer the person to the borough’s Dementia Pathway. The pathway will ensure there is a formal diagnosis is made by a dementia specialist. Support is them offered by the Dementia Nurse or Dementia advisor. The Dementia Advisor will remain a named contact for the person with Dementia. The Advisors are based in the two Gateways and work closely with people, families and carers on an ongoing basis to offer tailored advice and information – unique to each person.
The Dementia Gateways can offer information and guidance pre-diagnosis to anyone concerned they or a family member have dementia and can offer information and support if required on how to ask for a diagnosis. Once diagnosed Day respite is available via a social care assessment at one of the Dementia Centres. The Dementia Centres offer a range of therapeutic activities.
For more information, advice, help or support the dementia gateways can be contacted at:
Brett Young Centre, Halesowen, call 01384 813600
The Crystal Gateway, Brierley Hill, call 01384 813315
A complete guide to Living with Dementia is available from us. This comprehensive booklet has been produced by the council, working together with partners from across Dudley borough, including Dudley CCG, Dudley Group of Hospitals and Alzheimers Society. It contains details of the support and services on offer for people with dementia and their carers through Dudley borough. It is intended to be a complete guide to dementia services – all in one place. To request a copy please call us on 01384 816039, or download a copy below.
The Alzheimers Society also provides valuable services, tailored to the particular needs of people with any type of dementia, and to their carers. Contact: www.alzheimers.org.uk or call their helpline on 0845 3000336. Alternatively their local Black Country branch can be contacted on 0121 521 3020
Brett Young Centre, Halesowen
Tel: 01384 813600
The Crystal Gateway, Brierley Hill