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Medway - Rainham Drop in

Tuesday 7 February 2017

Vital information and support in Rainham, Kent

 Alzheimer’s Society, Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT) and other local organisations have officially launched a drop-in, one-stop shop for people with dementia and their carers. People affected by dementia in the area will be able to gain instant access to support, including the charity’s Dementia Support Workers and nurses from the local Memory Clinic. The second drop-in takes place today 7th February 2017.

 The drop-in will have local health professionals and social workers - who can explain about the condition but also signpost people to the support services available – at Rainham Dementia Café, St Paul’s Church, Long Catlis Road on the first Tuesday of every month between 1 and 3pm. 

 There will be representatives from an array of Medway DAA Members;  Elizabeth House Memory Clinic, Medway Council Social Services, Carers First, Medway Commercial Group for telecare and assistive technology, and Medway Community Healthcare (MCH) for the crisis team.

 Katie Antill, Alzheimer’s Society Services Manager for Maidstone and Medway, said: “There are more than 2,800 people living with dementia in the Medway area, and we’re hoping this new venture will enable people affected by dementia to get the advice and support they need, while getting a chance to see what happens at our Dementia Café.

 “Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia cafes can really help improve people’s quality of life. Run by Alzheimer’s Society staff and volunteers, the cafes provide an opportunity for people to socialise and get much needed face to face support.”

 Mark Kitchingham from KMPT said: “A local presence is really important to ensure those who need help can access it easily. Sometimes it may be just a conversation and a cup of tea, other times it could mean access to advice or care that can make a huge difference to someone’s life. Bringing all these services together makes us all as accessible as possible.”

 To find out more about the service call Vicki Baldwin on 01622 747 181 or email Victoria.Baldwin@alzheimers.org.uk.