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Living with dementia

If you or someone you care for has dementia or you’re worried about your memory or theirs, this information may help you.

Dementia Action Week: 21 - 27 May 2018

As part of Dementia Action Week there are a number of events taking place across the county, city and Rutland to improve the everyday lives of people affected by dementia.

Finding out if you have dementia

Memory is often the first thing that people notice. If you’re worried that your memory is getting worse, or is beginning to affect everyday life, talk to your GP.

Not all memory problems are related to dementia but your GP will decide with you what tests and support will be helpful to you.

Memory assessment and dementia services

If your GP is concerned that you may have dementia, they will refer you to the specialist memory service for a more detailed assessment, diagnosis and to discuss any possible treatment. 

Dementia support

Dementia Support Service in Leicester and Leicestershire

The Dementia Support Service offers free information, support and guidance for people with memory issues and/or a diagnosis of dementia, and their carers. The service is provided by the Alzheimer’s Society. You may want to contact them for:

  • one to one support, face to face or over the telephone
  • information for you and your family about local services and support groups such as memory cafes
  • training if you’re an unpaid carer

Telephone: 0116 231 6921
Email: leicestershireandrutland@alzheimers.org.uk

You can also get information and support services from the national Alzheimer’s Society. They have:

Equipment and memory aids to help with dementia

You can buy equipment and memory aids which act as reminders and alarms to help you stay safe in your own home.

Other places to get information and advice

Age UK 

The Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland website includes practical help as well as support with the emotional, physical and social effects of living with dementia. 

The Herbert Protocol (for people at risk of going missing)

If somebody living with dementia goes missing, it’s a very stressful situation for everyone concerned.  

The Herbert Protocol is a national scheme and is available through Leicestershire Police. 

You can download the Herbert Protocol form or pick one up from your local police station.

Complete the form with information about the person with dementia and keep it in a safe place. 

If the person goes missing, add any relevant recent information and  give the form to the police as it will have vital information about the person to help find them. 

Message in a bottle

Message in a bottle is where you have a small bottle in the fridge containing essential personal and medication details, which informs neighbours or the emergency services of vital medical information quickly.

How can Adult Social Care help?

You can request an assessment for care and support from us. You don’t have to pay for the assessment however you may have to pay for any services offered depending on your financial circumstances.  

Caring for someone with dementia

Caring for someone with dementia can be rewarding but challenging at times.  

Dementia Carer have produced some short videos to help you with different situations.

If you’re an unpaid carer, you may find some useful information on our Looking after someone pages.  You can also request a carer’s assessment.  

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