New family service for Lincolnshire dementia patients to be introduced

A new support service for the 11,000 people suffering from dementia in Lincolnshire will open later this year.

Alzheimer’s Society has received funding from Lincolnshire County Council to provide the Dementia Family Support Service for three years from October 2015.

The charity will offer information and advice to help people with dementia, as well as signposting them to other local organisations.

Nasim Minhas, Alzheimer’s Society Services Manager for Lincolnshire, said: “There are more than 11,000 people living with dementia in Lincolnshire and that number continues to rise, so it is vital that the right support is in place.

“We will now be able to provide more people with accurate, accessible information to help them make informed decisions.

“As the person’s needs change they have a variety of questions from ‘is it safe for me to drive?’ to the carer asking about care homes or respite care.

“We’ll also be working closely with the other voluntary organisations in the county to ensure that people are getting the best help possible.”

Alzheimer’s Society also runs dementia cafés, activity groups and “Singing for the Brain” groups across Lincolnshire.

Councillor Patricia Bradwell, Executive Member for Adult Care, said: “It’s important that people with dementia and their families don’t feel like they’re on their own.

“That’s why we have funded the Dementia Family Support Service, which is designed to help people and their carers to live well and understand what help, support and information is out there for them.

“The Alzheimer’s Society will be working closely with GPs and clinics to give people a helping hand as soon as they need it after a diagnosis.”