Dementia Adviser Service
Receiving a diagnosis of dementia can leave a person feeling vulnerable and insecure and undoubtedly raises questions, concerns and issues about the impact on their life, now and in the future. We have a team of specially trained and experienced Dementia Advisers who are able to provide you with information, advice and the opportunity to access the right support to meet your needs. Our aim is to enable you to understand and manage your illness more effectively so that you can live well and make informed choices for your future.
Our service will…
- Provide you with a named contact throughout your journey with dementia who will meet with you in a location of your choice to discuss your needs and concerns.
- We will help you to understand what your diagnosis means, what are the common symptoms, coping strategies and ways to manage your memory loss
- Give you advice on matters to consider, such as power of attorney, future care needs, respite and home support.
- Support you to access specialist advice and information about benefits, medication and other therapies.
- Signpost you to other support services and groups that are appropriate to your needs.
- Help you become more socially active, introducing you to local activity groups, helping to improve your wellbeing and reducing isolation.
Who can access the service?
The service is primarily for people with dementia, as well as their supporters and carers. It is available to Blackpool residents who have a diagnosis of dementia or feels concerned about their memory and would like information and advice. If you would like further information or support please contact Empowerment on 0300 32 32 100 (local call rate), visit our website at www.empowermentcharity.org.uk , email to firstname.lastname@example.org or write to us at Empowerment, Myriad House, 6A Skyways, Amy Johnson Way, Blackpool, FY4 2RP
Dementia Friendship and Support Network
The Dementia Friendship and Support Network facilitates opportunities for people with dementia to meet with other people living with the condition so that they can benefit from sharing emotional and practical support enabling them to manage their illness more effectively, live well and feel less isolated. We facilitate a range of events and activities in and around the local community to encourage people to come along, have some fun and make some new friends. It allows people to come together and gain emotional and practical support from each other through talking and sharing their experiences.
We facilitate a number of popular and well attended regular events, such as our monthly social support group – held between 2-4pm at the Wainwright Club on Hornby Road on the first Monday of every month. Our fortnightly “Men’s Group” is really popular where we play darts, dominoes, snooker etc. and is a chance for men to benefit from other male company doing activities they have always enjoyed. We hold fortnightly lunch clubs at different pubs and restaurants around Blackpool, and each month we have a coach trip to places of interest around the North West, such as the Chocolate Factory in Blackburn, The Transport Museum in Leyland and the Imperial War Museum in Salford. We also take advantage of local events and arrange meetings to enjoy the best of Blackpool with the company of others which ensures that there is something for everyone.
Who can access the service?
The service is available to Blackpool residents with a diagnosis of early stage dementia, as well as their supporters and carers. If you would like further information or would like to join our network please contact Empowerment on 0300 32 32 100 (local call rate), visit our website at www.empowermentcharity.org.uk , email to email@example.com or write to us at Empowerment, Myriad House, 6A Skyways, Amy Johnson Way, Blackpool, FY4 2RP
A website to support dementia patients and the carers across the Fylde coast is accessible here
Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust launched the website to give advice about dementia and also signpost individuals to local community initiatives and national information links.
Links include how to access local carers groups and support organisations as well as patient information leaflets.