Are you concerned about a family member you saw over Christmas?
Local NHS Trust urges people not to ignore potential signs of early dementia that they may have spotted in family members during the Christmas period.
Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) are encouraging people to seek further advice if they noticed any changes in family member’s behaviour which might be an early indicator of dementia. It could have been something small such as struggling to keep up with conversation or a tv programme, repeating stories, or becoming agitated during simple tasks; if you have concern about a loved one then CWP have services which can offer you support.
CWP have services throughout East Cheshire, including teams based in Crewe, Macclesfield and Vale Royal who provide information and support for those with dementia or memory problems, and those who take a lead in their care. Working together with partner agencies in the voluntary sector (including the Alzheimer’s Society and Age UK) and statutory sectors (Social Services and Primary Care), ensures that the care provided is in keeping with the National Dementia Strategy to improve awareness, provide early diagnosis and increases quality of life for those with dementia.
In West Cheshire those who are diagnosed with dementia are able to access support from the specially qualified team including doctors, advanced nurse practitioners, mental health nurses, occupational therapists and a psychologist. The service is provided throughout West Cheshire with out-patient clinics in Chester, Ellesmere Port, Helsby and Clatterbridge in Wirral. The support offered extends beyond the person diagnosed to the carers and families too, with a dedicated support worker assigned following a diagnosis.
CWP were rated as ‘Good’ across all categories for older people with mental health problems by the independent regulator of health and social care in England Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection in December 2015.
For national information contact the Alzheimer’s Society at www.alzheimers.org.uk