Dementia Support for Everyone

Dementia Support for Everyone

Dementia affects a person diagnosed and their family and friends. Below is summary of dementia support available in Bromley to anyone affected by dementia.

 

The First Point of Call

The Bromley Dementia Support Hub (020 3328 0366) provide one stop access to dementia support to anyone with diagnosed dementia living in Bromley, and their family and friends caring for them. The Hub provides advice and support to people with dementia and their carers. Staff at the Hub can discuss your particular needs and interests with you and help you make the most of what support is available in your local community.

 

Social Services

As your needs progress, you may want extra support with getting out or daily tasks such as preparing meals, keeping your house clean and tidy or washing and dressing. Social Services at the London Borough of Bromley can support you with accessing help in areas you are finding difficult to manage.

In order to receive help from Bromley Social Services, you have to undergo a Care Needs Assessment, to make clear what support you require to carry on living independently at home.

The social worker carrying out the assessment will measure your needs against Bromley Council‘s eligibility criteria.  The level of your needs will determine whether or not you receive a service.

Once the areas for support have been decided, you will need to complete a financial assessment to review look at your financial circumstances to see if the Bromley Council is able to contribute to the cost of your care.

Contact the Adult Early Intervention Team at the London Borough of Bromley for an assessment or reassessment of your care needs (020 8461 7777).

Financial Support

If you need a bit of extra help as a result of your dementia or any other health needs, you may be entitled to some extra financial support. If you qualify, it could make a great difference to your quality of life and should be claimed.

Financial Support includes:

For information on any other benefits, pensions or financial advice contact:

Age UK Bromley and Greenwich (if you are over 60 years old)
Tel: 020 8315 1878

Bromley Citizens Advice Bureau
Tel: 020 8315 1940

 

Emotional Support

Receiving a diagnosis of dementia can come as a shock and everyone will cope in their own way. There are a number of places you can turn to for emotional support when you need it.

Psychological Therapies

If you are feeling low in mood, anxious or worried and would like to talk things through with someone, you can contact Talk Together Bromley (Tel: 0300 003 3000) who provide one-to-one therapy, counselling and group work.

The Silver Line

The Silver Line is a free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. You can call them free for a chat on 0800 4 70 80 90.

Samaritans

Samaritans is a charity providing a 24 hour call centre offering someone to talk to, off the record, at any time about whatever is worrying you. Trained volunteers are on hand to provide a listening ear. Telephone them for free on 116 123.

National Dementia Helpline

If you have concerns about Alzheimer‘s disease or about any other form of dementia, Alzheimer‘s Society National Dementia Helpline can provide information, support and guidance. Telephone 0300 222 1122.

Admiral Nursing Direct Dementia Helpline

The Admiral Nursing helpline offers specialist practical and emotional support by telephone or via email. Telephone 0800 888 6678 or email direct@dementiauk.org

 

Support for Young-Onset Dementia

Young-onset or early onset-dementia affects people under 65. There are estimated to be at least 42,000 younger people with dementia in the UK. The symptoms of dementia are like those affecting people over 65 but younger people often have different needs and require some different support.

A Dementia Advisor from the Bromley Dementia Support Hub can work with you and your family and friends to provide support that you feel is appropriate to your situation.

The charity, Young Dementia UK (Tel: 01865 794311) can provide specialist information and advice on young-onset dementia.

 

Support for Dementia Carers

As you are coming to terms with your dementia diagnosis, your friends and family may also be finding this difficult. As your dementia progresses you may need to turn to them for increasing support and they may find they need support in their caring role.

The Bromley Dementia Support Hub provides support for dementia carers consisting workshops and one-to-one coaching in your home so carers can learn about dementia, effective communication and looking after themselves.

Carers Bromley (Tel: 0800 015 7700) is a local charity that provides advice and emotional support to anyone caring for somebody with dementia.

 

More Living with Dementia Articles

This article is part of a series of articles called Living with Dementia. They are for Bromley residents and are being published one a week between 15th May and 3rd July 2017. See more Living with Dementia articles as they are published here.

What is Dementia?

What is Dementia?

Dementia is an umbrella term for a number of different progressive disorders of the brain which share common symptoms such as:

  • memory loss
  • confusion
  • disorientation
  • problems with speech and understanding.

Dementia can affect people from all walks of life and will affect people in different ways. As dementia is a progressive illness, it will affect you more over time. There are currently about 850,000 people in the UK diagnosed with a form of dementia. However, your journey with dementia will be individual to each person

Dementia becomes increasingly common with age but it is not a natural part of growing old. It is important to be aware that dementia is an illness. No one is to blame and support is available.

There are a number of different types of dementia:

 

1. Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer‘s disease is the most common form of dementia and accounts for around 520,000 cases in the UK. Alzheimer’s disease is caused when protein plaques and tangles form in the brain, leading to the death of brain cells. People with Alzheimer’s disease have a shortage of some important chemicals in their brain which send messages within the brain. There tends to be a gradual, sloped progression of the disease and changes tend to develop steadily over a period of time.

 

2. Vascular Dementia

Vascular dementia is the second most common form of dementia. It is caused by problems in blood supply to the brain. Symptoms may develop suddenly, for example, following a stroke or more gradually, such as with small vessel disease or a series of mini strokes (TIAs). It usually has a stepped progression with symptoms remaining at a constant level for some time and then suddenly deteriorating. People who have vascular dementia often report having good days and bad days and can be more prone to mood swings and depression.

 

3. Parkinson‘s Dementia & Dementia with Lewy Bodies

These are the two forms of dementia associated with Parkinson’s disease:

  • Parkinson‘s dementia is diagnosed when someone already has the movement symptoms of Parkinson‘s and has had them for some time.
  • Dementia with Lewy Bodies is diagnosed when someone has the symptoms of dementia either before or at the same time as they develop Parkinson‘s.

People with these types of dementia may be likely to experience visual hallucinations as well as forgetfulness, slow thought processes and difficulty concentrating.

 

4. Frontotemporal Dementia

Frontotemporal dementia is a relatively uncommon form of dementia, although it is a significant cause of dementia in people under the age of 65. Frontotemporal dementia is sometimes called Pick‘s disease or frontal lobe dementia. It is caused by damage to the frontal and / or the temporal lobes of the brain. These areas are responsible for many functions including our behaviour, emotional responses and language skills.

 

5. Other Types of Dementia

Mixed dementia is a term that describes changes in the brain that are caused by two different forms of dementia. The mix is most commonly Alzheimer‘s disease and vascular dementia but can sometimes be a mix of other types of disease.

Alcohol-related dementia and Korsakoff’s Syndrome are both brain disorders associated with heavy alcohol consumption over a long period of time. Korsakoff’s syndrome mainly affects the short term memory whereas people with alcohol-related dementia may experience a more varied set of symptoms. People with alcohol-related dementia could see an improvement in the condition if they stop drinking alcohol.

 

Related Conditions

Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) is a condition where a person has minor problems with memory or thinking. MCI is not a type of dementia. Difficulties diagnosed and related to MCI are worse than would normally be expected for a healthy person of their age. MCI symptoms are not severe enough to interfere significantly with daily life and are not defined as dementia.

A diagnosis of MCI, does not mean a person will later develop dementia, although there is a greater chance that someone with MCI will develop dementia. Research studies have shown only 10-15 percent of people with MCI develop dementia, so there is benefit in a MCI diagnosis, seeking support and making necessary lifestyle changes.

 

If you or someone you care for has a diagnosis of dementia and you would like more information on what it means in your case, speak to your GP, a specialist or an advisor from the Bromley Dementia Support Hub. They may have already explained things when giving you your diagnosis. Perhaps you weren‘t able to take all of the information in. If so, feel free to ask again, make your own notes, go with a close friend or family member so that it is easier to remind yourself of the information later.

 

Summary

  • You are not alone
  • Dementia will affect different people in different ways
  • Ask your GP or specialist for more information.

 

More Living with Dementia Articles

This article is part of a series of articles called Living with Dementia. They are for Bromley residents and are being published one a week between 15th May and 3rd July 2017. See more Living with Dementia articles as they are published here.