Alzheimers Society - Herefordshire

The Alzheimer’s Society vision is a world without dementia.

The Alzheimer’s Society Mission:

  • We will change the face of dementia research.
  • We will demonstrate best practice in dementia care and support.
  • We will provide the best advice and support to anyone dealing with dementia.
  • We will use our influence so that the state and society enables those affected by dementia to live as they wish to live.

In Herefordshire, our employees and volunteers provide local support to people with dementia and their families and friends, and we reach out to even more people through our national online and telephone based services.

Dementia Adviser Service

The Dementia  Adviser service is available to people who have received a diagnosis of dementia, or are in the process of receiving a diagnosis.

Dementia advisers provide support to understand key information around a diagnosis of dementia and what this may mean for the individual and their family. Information can be requested which might be useful to carer, family members and friends.

When more intensive, group, or specialist support is needed, dementia advisers will refer or signpost to other available supports and services.

The Herefordshire Dementia Adviser Service is a partnership with the NHS 2gether Trust. A  named 2gether Trust Community Dementia Nurse and a named Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Adviser work together in each of the three areas; North, South and East Herefordshire.

Each partnership is responsible for covering all GP surgeries within their area and holding a joint Clinic in each practice.

There is also a County wide Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Adviser to support younger adults with a diagnosis.

Support is offered in both clinics and/or the person’s home.

Every person who receives a diagnosis is allocated a named Dementia Adviser who is a main point of contact.

Day Care and Support Services

Day care and support services provide care and support for a person with dementia in a safe and comfortable environment, enabling  informal carers the opportunity to have time to and for themselves The care and support will be specific to their assessed needs and requirements and will be decided in agreement with the individual and their carer/s.

 This will include:

  • An opportunity to meet and mix with others
  • Stimulation through social contact and meaningful activities
  • An opportunity to pursue personal hobbies and social activities either in the day centre or in the community
  • Refreshments and a meal (where applicable)

We can also provide support with personal care as part of the care plan,

Cafés

living_with_dementia_220.jpgIf you have dementia or care for someone with dementia you will be welcome at one of our cafés. They provide the opportunity to take part in activities or simply have a cup of tea and a chat with others in a similar situation, as well as health and social care professionals.

Singing for the Brain

Singing for the Brain uses the therapeutic benefits of music to help improve well-being and confidence. If you have dementia, or care for someone with dementia, the sessions will offer you the opportunity to socialise whilst engaging in a stimulating group activity.

Leominster Meeting Centre

An exciting and innovative new service for people living in Leominster and surrounding areas with mild and moderate dementia, designed to provide support to them and their families/carers and offer an enjoyable, flexible and adaptive programme.

Members are offered

  • Recreational and social activities, such as reading the newspaper, painting, singing, preparing lunch and shopping and activities you might like to suggest.
  • Training and therapy, such as reminiscence, dance, music and movement.
  • Informative meetings.
  • Discussion groups.
  • Assistance with practical, emotional and social issues.
  • Weekly consulting sessions.
  • Social activities and excursions.

Opening times of the Meeting Centre

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday:

At the Multi Agency building, Coningsby Road, Leominster (Opposite Leominster Leisure Centre) 10.00 am to 4 pm.

  • It is not expected that people will attend every day or all day – the programme is to suit individual needs. However we would like people to book places in advance to help with planning.

May I attend every day?

  • This will depend on demand which, as this is a pilot project, we are not sure of at the moment. You will need to book attendance in advance.

How much will it cost for me to attend?

  • Attendance will be free for the pilot (first) year. You will be expected to pay for lunch..

Will transport be available?

You will need to make your own way to the Meeting Centre. You could make enquires with local taxi firms, or consider Leominster Community Wheels on 01568 615785.

What do I need to do to attend the Meeting Centre – who do I need to contact?

You can make contact, with Debbie Powney at the Alzheimer’s Society on 01432 371137 or be referred eg via your GP or Dementia Advisor.

Our Helpline - Callers speak to trained Helpline Advisers.

If you have concerns about Alzheimer's disease or about any other form of dementia please call the Alzheimer's Society National Dementia Helpline  on  0300 222 1122  They can provide information, support, guidance and signposting to other appropriate organisations.

The Helpline is usually open from:

  • 9am - 8pm Monday to Wednesday
  • 9am - 5pm on Thursday and Friday
  • 10am - 4pm on Saturday and Sunday

The service may be closed occasionally during these times for operational reasons or because of staff shortage.

Contact us

Alzheimer's Society, Herefordshire Office

Unit 6, 178 Widemarsh Street, Hereford, HR4 9HN

Telephone: 01432 371 137

Email: herefordshire@alzheimers.org.uk 

Web: www.alzheimers.org.uk