Living well with dementia - how to get help
What is Available?
What is available will depend on what you need. You might want some help and advice and information to help you make sense of a diagnosis of dementia. Dementia describes a range of illnesses for which there is a range of treatments both clinical and psychological. What help you need, will depend on what your circumstances are and to help you decide you could speak to your group, the national dementia helpline or your local health and social care services. To speak to the CHCP or call into our offices in Clarkston or Barrhead and someone will be able to help.
Who can get help or who can get the service?
We will help you get the support you need depending on what it is you want to achieve, that means helping you to work out the outcomes that are most important to you at the point at which you are looking for help. If you want to talk to people we can put you in touch with support groups. You might want to make arrangements for your future and discuss your finances and legal matters with the relevant people; again we can help you decide. You might want help to get time away from being a carer and again we can help you plan the best option for your needs. Above all it is about helping you achieve the best outcomes for you.
How does a person access the service?
Most people living with dementia continue to live independent and fulfilled lives. What determines whether you need a service like home care or other care service will be determined by an assessment of your needs. We will always involve you and your carer in that discussion. We will base our assessment on what outcomes you want to achieve and will always provide help to help keep you at home wherever possible.
How much does it cost?
What it costs will depend on what help you receive and will be assessed on an individual case by case basis. People who receive support from the CHCP will be able to have their personal circumstances financially assessed and any charges for the services will be discussed with the person.
There are elements of non-chargeable support available for people recently diagnosed with dementia in East Renfrewshire including the Facing Dementia Together service, which has opportunities for both people with dementia and their carers to be supported at dementia cafes and other local opportunities. The Facing Dementia Together Project can be accessed through the Alzheimer Scotland website in external websites.