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New help for Lincolnshire families affected by dementia

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Re-commissioned service aims to offer support and advice for those living with dementia and their families in Lincolnshire.

Those living with dementia and their loved ones are the focus of a re-commissioned service to deliver information, practical advice and guidance across Lincolnshire.

The Dementia Support Service contract, commissioned by the council, has been awarded to the Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT).

It will build on the solid foundations laid by the previous service provider.

The changes follow a new dementia strategy launched last year and will make best use of specialist staff already working within communities. 

The dementia strategy sets out the council’s commitment to a dementia support service promoting resilience, healthy lifestyles, and physical and mental wellbeing.

The use of community-based LPFT workers will draw on the expertise of dementia specialists already in position to provide timely advice and guidance.

Anyone already accessing the service will continue to be supported as before.

The new service aims to:

  • support people with dementia to live at home for longer
  • provide practical guidance and information to families and carers
  • offer one-to-one advice on the condition and its diagnosis and management
  • provide signposting to appropriate services and community resources
  • help with support when a person is sent home from hospital
  • offer timely and practical advice in planning for the future
  • encourage access to activities promoting physical and mental well-being, such as art sessions, exercise, social activities, golf and singing groups

Carolyn Nice, the council’s assistant director for adult frailty and long-term conditions, said: “This joined-up approach will help people with dementia and their families with all kinds of challenges, so they can plan effectively for the future.

“We believe the service will build on the good work already done in the county and give people choice in getting the support they need at the right time.

"Much progress has been made in the five years since our first dementia strategy was launched, and there is a range of services and support available. The new arrangements will help people make the most of everything that’s out there, increasing their quality of life and supporting their families.”

The dementia service is working with local GPs, memory clinics and charities to ensure people know what support is available. 

Steve Roberts, LPFT associate director for older people and frailty, said: “We’re really pleased to be able to offer this service as part of our existing dementia and older people’s teams. By having dementia support workers in our community teams, we’ll provide a seamless pathway from referral to diagnosis and community-based support.”

To access the Dementia Support Service, either for yourself or a loved one, email [email protected] or call 0303 123 4000.

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Published: 6th January 2020