Lewisham Dementia Support Hub
We provide support to residents of the London Borough of Lewisham diagnosed with dementia and their carers to live well in their local community: • person centred support based on individual needs and interests • information about dementia and signposting • referrals to other relevant services • helping people with dementia use services in the local community • planning for the future • show what practical help is available • offer advocacy support • support to diverse communities • group activities and mutual support • raise awareness of dementia • dementia training Lewisham Dementia Support Hub is a consortium of providers- MindCare, Sydenham Gardens and Carers Lewisham. The hub provides an information and support service which is an integrated part of the Lewisham Dementia Pathway. This also includes partnership working with South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Lewisham Healthcare NHST Trust (UHL).
- 30 January 2020
- Care, Hospitals and Hospital Trusts
- Local Alliances:
- Lewisham Dementia Action Alliance
1. Action Plan
1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?
The MindCare dementia advisors work closely with the Lewisham Integrated Memory Service to deliver a joined up and comprehensive service to people from the point of diagnosis until end of life. Our service provides advice and information, signposting and referring on to services, activities and groups in the borough. The dementia advisors develop person-centred support plans, facilitate access to community resources and advocacy. The service has previously set up a peer self-advocacy group for people with dementia, a seated exercise group and a reading group.
The service also aims to help people with dementia feel part of the wider community by encouraging local businesses and services work towards becoming dementia friendly.
In addition, the service aims to increase dementia knowledge and understanding by providing dementia training to friends and family carers and local organisations.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
Getting buy-in from local businesses and servicesat a level that ensures ongoing commitment.
Resources to provide the level and range of activities required.
Support existing community activities and social groups to become dementia friendly-to increase the choice of dementia friendly sessions in the borough
Support existing community activities and social groups to become dementia friendly-to increase the choice of dementia friendly sessions in the borough;
Deliver dementia friends sessions to group and actvity facilitatorsPromote MindCare borough wide dementia training to servicesprovide information on how services etc can make small changes to be more dementia friendly- including training staff, small changes to environments, dementia friendly signage etc
Improve awareness by engaging with the local community
Attend meetings with community groups, events, fayres and other forums to help improve dementia awareness and understanding
2019 - Fourth Quarter Update
Qtr 4 -Jan to March 2020
Lewisham Dementia Support Hub continues to attend community fayres, events and functions in effort to promote the service, raise dementia awareness and to work collaboratively with other services.
Dementia Alliance members to agree action plan for Dementia Action Week 2020
To work effectively with other providers, services and organisations in Lewisham to deliver awareness raising events from an agreed venue or and respective services.