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Our residents are benefiting from a new approach to the care and treatment of people with dementia, including support for carers and family members.

Anyone worried about dementia, diagnosed with the condition, their families or carers can ask for help from our two Dementia Gateways. Dementia nurses from the Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group are linked to both Gateways.  They offer ongoing unique, tailored advice and information including pre-diagnosis, post-diagnosis, short and long term support services and respite. 

What is Dementia?

Dementia is a group of symptoms caused by damage to the brain.  Symptoms include: loss of memory, mood changes and confusion.

Dementia can be caused by a number of diseases of the brain, the most common is Alzheimer's disease, and the second most is Vascular dementia.  It is important that conditions that may lead to dementia are identified and treated at the earliest opportunity.

What signs should I look for?

The following could be early signs of dementia: 

  • struggling to remember recent events, but easily recalling things that happened in the past
  • struggling to follow conversations or TV programmes
  • forgetting names of friends or everyday objects
  • repeating things or losing the thread of a conversation
  • having problems thinking or reasoning
  • feeling anxious, depressed or angry about memory loss
  • feeling confused even when in a familiar environment

 

Diagnosis

If a GP suspects dementia, they will refer the individual to the borough’s Dementia Pathway. The pathway ensures a formal diagnosis by a dementia specialist. Specialist support can then be offered by the dementia nurse or advisor.

Once diagnosed day respite is available via a social care assessment at one of the Dementia Centres, who can then offer a person-centred plan of support and care as well as a range of therapeutic activities.

We have a complete guide to Living with Dementia that contains details of the support and services on offer for people with dementia and their carers across the Dudley borough.  This comprehensive booklet (below) has been produced by us in partnership with Dudley CCG, Dudley Group of Hospitals and Alzheimers Society. 

Our Independent Living brochure also gives you detailed information on the full range of services available to help keep you safe, secure, happy, well and independent in your own home, including how to return to independence after a period of illness or hospital stay. 

For more information, advice, help or support please contact our dementia gateways or view more information on Dementia on our Community Information Directory.  The Alzheimer's Society also provides valuable services, tailored to the particular needs of people with any type of dementia, and to their carers. 

  • Contact our Access to Adult Social Care team.

     

  • Dementia Centres

    Brett Young Centre
    Halesowen
    Telephone: 01384 813600

    The Crystal Gateway
    Brierley Hill
    Telephone: 01384 813315