Dementia and living in the community
People with dementia can continue to live independently in the community for longer if they have the right support. With appropriate activities available on a regular basis they can continue to socialise and enjoy doing the things they used to do, and take up new activities too. Carers get some respite and a chance to meet and chat with others dealing with the same issues.
Lymington Dementia Action Group
Lymington Dementia Action Group (LDAG) is a local volunteer organisation dedicated to helping people with dementia and their carers living in the community to access relevant advice, support, companionship and activities.
Volunteer members of LDAG provide a "signposting" service and organise events to help people living with dementia to feel welcomed and secure in our community and to live as independently as possible for as long as possible.
"Signposting" to the support you need
Whether you simply want to know more, have had a dementia diagnosis and want to get more information, or want to know about local groups and activities, please find here below the information you need.
Useful starting points
Alzheimer’s Society, national and local advice and information, www.alzheimers.org.uk ‘The Dementia Guide’, ‘Caring for a person with dementia’, basic guides by Alzheimer’s Society
National Dementia Helpline 0300 2221122 Vivien Walker New Forest Dementia Adviser 07484 092551
Dementia UK Admiral Nurses, advice, information and support. National Helpline 0800 888 6678 www.dementiauk.org/get-support/admiral-nursing Tracy Logan, based at Linden House, New Street, Lymington Royal British Legion, support for ex-service personnel and families 0800 888 6678
Dr Jennifer Bute, former GP who herself has dementia, www.gloriousopportunity.org/ very practical tips on how to live with dementia, ‘Dementia from the Inside’ book with Louise Morse
Becton Centre, Barton-on-Sea, BH25 7AE 01425 623802 Community Mental Health Centre, assessment and treatment for symptoms of dementia. Normally referred by GP, however you may self-refer. If dementia is diagnosed, a care plan is drawn up and a referral made to free Memory Matters course. Lymington.com, local events www.lymington.com/dementia
Advice and guidance
Connect to Support Hampshire, www.ConnectToSupportHampshire.org.uk
Dementia Friendly Communities, Jane Ward, information about local services, dementiaroadmap.info/westhampshire
Helping Older People New Forest, charity shop, information and advice including basic financial advice, 9 Mallard Buildings, Station Road, New Milton, BH25 6HY 01425 629009
Dementia Information Points, flyers about local events, groups, in surgeries, Lymington New Forest Hospital, Waitrose, Tesco, Lymington Centre
New Forest Disability Information Service, information and advice to those of any age affected by disability, www.newforestdis.org.uk, 01425 628750
Legal and financial
Attendance allowance, Department of Work and Pensions, helps pay for care if you are over 65 and need help with personal care, www.gov.uk/attendance-allowance
Eligibility for 25% reduction in Council Tax, New Forest District Council, www.newforest.gov.uk/article/530/Council-Tax-Discounts for people with a diagnosis of dementia and at least one other qualifying benefit 02380 285000
Citizens Advice New Forest, free information and advice on a wide range of problems, Court Mews, 28a New Street, Lymington, SO41 9BQ. https://newforestcab.org.uk/contact-us/lymington/ 0300 3309 009
Age Concern New Forest, practical information on health, housing, home security, benefits, pensions, support and advocacy in approaching other agencies, including Social Services, New Forest District Council, The Pension Service and the Health Service, and a number of support services,02380 841199 ageconcernnfe.btck.co.uk/
Allied Services Trust, Deborah Pardoe, an affordable charity assisting with planning, provision and preparation for possible mental incapacity, wills and power of attorney, www.alliedservicestrust.org
SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association), charity provides support to veterans from the British Armed Forces and their families or dependents, www.ssafa.org.uk
Beneficial activities and therapy
Coates Centre Dementia Support Group, 01590 677198, The Hub, Lower Pennington Lane, SO41 8ZZ
Informal coffee mornings 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month 10.30 – 12noon
Dementia Adventure, respite holidays for people with dementia and carers, dementiaadventure.co.uk
Mind for you, supported holidays, http://www.mindforyou.co.uk/
Anything grows, dementia friendly allotments, Becton Lane Allotment Site, New Milton BH25 7DL, Tuesdays 10 – 1, Thursdays 1 – 4, Susan Wiffen 07884 300641 or Sue Batt 07882 229640 https://www.newmiltontowncouncil.gov.uk/service/dementia-friendly-allotments/
hART (Hampshire Art for Recreation and Therapy), creative therapeutic and recreational activities to support mental health and well-being, https://www.hart.works/ 01590 435045
Memoryworks, Elena Prieto-Ruiz, cognitive stimulation therapy 023 8028 6342, www.memoryworks.org.uk Fenwick Health and Well-being Centre, Pike Hill, Lyndhurst, SO43 7NG
Care Navigators Supporting those aged 65+ based at each doctor’s surgery
Princess Royal Trust for Carers, information and advice for carers, setting up emergency care plan. Mondays and Tuesday between 10am and 4pm - 0808 808 7777 www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/talk-to-us
Hampshire Adult Services, www.hants.gov.uk/socialcareandhealth/adultsocialcare/contact connecttosupporthampshire
Blue Lamp Trust, Bobby Scheme, free home security visits, smoke alarms and advice, www.bluelamptrust.org.uk
Trust in Blue, retired police officers undertaking decorating, disabled adaptations and general indoor and outdoor maintenance tasks, 0800 225 0225
Take a Break for carers, up to 3 hours a week care relief, accessed through adult services https://www.hants.gov.uk/socialcareandhealth/adultsocialcare/supportforcarers/respitebreak
Day Care Respite, following assessment by Hampshire adult services, Solent Mead, Lymington 01590 674687 or self-funding, Hartwood House, Lyndhurst 023 8028 4555, Osborne Lodge, New Milton, 01425 618248 Gore Grange, New Milton, ,
Message in a bottle, keep personal and medical details on a standard form and in a common location for emergency services, free bottle supplied from doctors, pharmacies.
‘This is me’, a way of letting medical and social care staff know more about the person who has dementia, free forms available from Alzheimer’s Society.
Herbert Protocol, form used to find missing persons (best completed in advance!) hantsar.org/herbert-protocol/
Emergency Care Plan from Princess Royal Trust for Carers (see above)
Trackers and telecare products Dementia Advisor Service (see above) 0345 265 8003
Grocery delivery orders by telephone, 01425 619883, http://www.montanasonlinestore.co.uk/
Helpful articles and information
Dementia is a "Glorious Opportunity" - uplifting words and advice for all from Dr Jennifer Bute who herself has Alzheimers
Explaining dementia to children and young people may be difficult. Here is some information that might help.
Let us all consider how we can help those people living locally with dementia. Find out more about dementia.
Many thanks to Lymington resident, Peter Dean, who recently wrote this thoughtful poem about dementia, entitled 'It Will Still Be Me'
Dementia friendly Lymington events
Events organised in Lymington and surrounding areas by LDAG and other local organisations, including music events, sports events, tea dances and Dementia Friends meetings. Find out what's on in our Events Calendar.
A number of shops, places and organisations in Lymington are now 'dementia friendly' - for details, see Dementia friendly Lymington