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New support scheme launched to help dementia sufferers

By marcprosser  |  Posted: November 17, 2012

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New support scheme launched to help region's dementia sufferers

Devon County Council have joined forces with the charity Alzheimer's Society to implement a new support scheme aimed at helping dementia sufferers and their relatives in the difficult time after the diagnosis is given.

The scheme, which is set to be launched in January 2013, will allocate trained Dementia Support Workers to people diagnosed with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia,. The support worker will help them and their families find their way through the wide range of support available.

"It's difficult enough knowing how best to cope when you've been given a diagnosis like this," Cllr Stuart Barker, who has Cabinet responsibility for the new service, said.

"For people who have had no previous reason to know what support is available to them and their carer, it can be daunting."

Alzheimer's Society will run the new scheme for the Council. It will include a hotline from which all calls will go to trained Dementia Advisers. The plan is to base the advisers in communities across Devon. They will be supported by volunteers who will also be working closely with individuals and their carers.

Two to 13.000

It is yet unclear how many dementia support workers the new scheme will include. Until now, Alzheimer's Society had just two part-time Dementia Support Workers covering the whole of Devon.

One of them is Trevor Twinley who said he was certain the scheme would be a massive help for the estimated 13.000 people in Devon suffering from dementia.

"I'm thrilled that thanks to the Council's investment, Alzheimer's Society will be able to reach out to more people living with dementia in Devon," he said.

"People with dementia and their families can often feel isolated. Having a named contact, providing one to one support, empowers people to take control and make decisions about how they want to live their lives to full."

June Turnbull from Tedburn St. Mary, near Exeter, cares for her husband Ken, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's six months ago. She said the advice she received from a dementia support worker helped her a lot.

'When Ken was first diagnosed with Alzheimer's it was a really confusing and worrying time."

"It's been helpful to talk to people who understand and find out about what support is available to us."

Dr Nick Cartmell, GP lead for Dementia at NHS Devon and NHS South of England (West), said the new scheme would have a big impact on the quality of service in the county.  

"This new service, designed to support people with dementia and their carers to live well with dementia, will make a huge difference to the quality of dementia care in Devon and empower such people to manage their personal situations more effectively," he said.

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  • omnivore23  |  November 19 2012, 7:57AM

    Curandero Where do I start? Is it the fact that you pop up all over the internet, attaching your story about your "known cure" to any article about dementia you can find, despite being issued with a cease and desist order by the FDA. Google Alerts is great isn't it? ........Or is it your accusation that the Alzheimer's Society is more interested in raising money than finding a cure for dementia - if I were them I'd be keen to promote a cure based on pseudo-scientific quackery, especially one whose approach to PR appears to accuse those challenge its claims as murderers. I'm not a murderer Curandero - though I would quite like to kick you very hard in the bottom. Or is it my personal favourite, your claims that it has cured alzheimers "and" dementia? Alzhemeimer's IS a form of dementia you idiot. Would you go to a dentist that advertised expertise in molars AND teeth? You would????? Anyone who is interested might want to google this product - it will take you to a website, which along with the usual wild claims and pseudo-scientific hogwash, also suggests that if people with dementia don't want to take this product, it means they are deluded - so give it to them anyway - Hmmmm, very ethical. The website also contains the following claim: "The fact that I was almost killed 50,000 times makes me an unbelievably sensitive psychic." You'll know what I'm thinking about you right now then...........

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  • 2ladybugs  |  November 18 2012, 11:07PM

    So difficult to deal with Alzheimers in loved ones so any help is welcomed. A 24 hour a day problem with little or no respite for the carers, and very little help or understanding from doctors. I hope this is a successful scheme as it is very needed.

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  • omnivore23  |  November 18 2012, 10:06PM

    Well done to the Alzheimers Society - this is a much needed service. By the way - "Curando" please take your bogus claims elsewhere.

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