Lincolnshire dementia patients receive first help from new support service

A new family service for dementia sufferers in Lincolnshire has helped its first clients.

Alzheimer’s Society is being funded by Lincolnshire County Council to provide the Dementia Family Support Service for three years.

The service started taking calls on October 1, and now offers information and advice to help people with dementia, as well as signposting them to other local organisations.

It is estimated that 11,000 people in the county are living with dementia.

Nasim Minhas, Alzheimer’s Society Services Manager for Lincolnshire said: “Our team is committed to providing information on dementia and advice on how to manage the condition, to help people stay independent for as long as possible.

“Our family support workers can also help people with dementia to navigate available services to find the right support.”

Alzheimer’s Society also runs dementia cafes, activity groups and Singing for the Brain groups across the county.

The society was chosen by Lincolnshire County Council to provide this support following a tendering process, where the local authority considers proposals from a number of organisations.

Councillor Patricia Bradwell, Executive Member for Adult Care at Lincolnshire County Council, 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.”

To get in touch with the society, email lincolnshireDFSS@alzheimers.org.uk or phone 01522 692681.