Family captures the reality of dementia on camera
Over a period of 18 months the family of 52-year-old Chris Roberts from Rhuddlan, Denbighshire recorded their lives using video diaries and CCTV to show how they have come to terms with Chris's Alzheimer's diagnosis. Click here to view their film.
Christopher Eccleston in Aardman Animations' dementia film
Bristol's Aardman Animation's online film uses uses an orange to show how dementia physically attacks the brain.
South Gloucestershire memory service
The South Gloucestershire Memory Service is for people who are having difficulties with memory and thinking skills, which are affecting their day to day life.We can assess these difficulties and help you and your family or carer understand the underlying causes. Possible treatments or ways of coping can also be discussed. If you understand the nature of memory problems and have information and support, you and your family may feel less worried and will be able to deal with things more confidently.
For more details click here
Dementia wellbeing service
The Bristol Dementia HIT has set up a panel which people can join if they would like to receive information about local dementia related involvement opportunities. The panel is open to people with dementia, their carers and interested members of the public. Involvement activities might include: taking part in a discussion group about a particular service or providing ideas for future research or priorities for service improvement. Members of the panel do not need to take part in any of the activities they are offered.
Further information can be found here
New Dementia Wellbeing service launches in Bristol to support 4,500 people and their families
A new Dementia Wellbeing Service to support the estimated 4,500 people living with the condition in Bristol launches today (Mon 8 June). It is backed by a new advertising campaign Be Dementia Aware calling on people to talk to their GP if they are concerned that they – or someone they care about – may be showing signs of dementia.
The Bristol Dementia Wellbeing service, part of the city’s Bristol Mental Health strategy, has been commissioned by Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group and is being delivered by Alzheimer’s Society and Devon Partnership NHS Trust.
The new service has been designed to provide a personalised package of care, tailored to the individual. It includes continuous, one-to-one support local to where someone lives and the creation of a personalised wellbeing plan. This will provide long term support from assessment and diagnosis until the end of their life, including extensive support for those with the most complex and challenging needs. Families and carers will also benefit from practical help, training and advice.
1 October sees the start of creating a new dementia wellbeing service for Bristol.
The new dementia wellbeing service, called Bristol Dementia Partnership, brings together two organisations with a shared vision for improving dementia services in the city
Devon Partnership NHS Trust provides a range of mental health and learning disability services including high quality dementia services across Devon. Its memory clinics have received an innovation award from the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Alzheimer’s Society is the country’s leading support and research charity for people with dementia. It has an international reputation for excellence and, through its network of local services, touches the lives of over 300,000 people every week.
Initially the service will remain the same. People should continue to attend their usual appointments and to contact the team or their care co-ordinator in the normal way.
Colleagues will remain in their current base at Callington Road Hospital for now but during the next six months as the new service is developed, plans will be made for moving to new premises in Bristol.
Key contacts for the dementia wellbeing service are:
Paul Knocker, service manager
Bristol Dementia Partnership, The Coppice, Callington Road Hospital, Marmalade Lane, Brislington, Bristol BS4 5BJ
T: 0117 9195800
Paula Shears, services manager
Bristol and South Gloucestershire Alzheimer’s Society, International House, Bank Road, Kingswood, Bristol, BS15 8LX
Tel: 0117 961 0693
For enquires on the dementia wellbeing service transition project:
Louise Twine, project co-ordinator