Over 18.000 people in Hampshire live with dementia, with one third of them living alone. By 2021, this figure is predicted to rise to 26,000.
Age Concern Hampshire supports people living with dementia, their friends and family through its Freephone Information and Advice Line (0800 328 7154).
Age Concern Hampshire is a member of the Dementia Action Alliance, a group of organisations across England committed to transforming the lives of people with dementia and those that care for them.
Our 11 Day Care centres also provide specialist care and stimulating activities for people with dementia from highly-trained staff each week at locations across the county.
In 2013, Age Concern Hampshire’s set up its Knowing Me project as a pilot scheme in Fareham and parts of Gosport to improve care for people living with dementia– offering them invaluable one-to-one time to talk, reminisce and record their memories.
People living with dementia often rely on home care which is not only expensive, but rarely covers more than the time that a carer needs to complete specific tasks. All too often, there is no time for paid carers and support staff to get to know the person they are supporting.
The Knowing Me project aims to improve care for people with dementia who can feel devalued and defined by their condition, and who may find it difficult to communicate with, and be cared for, by people who feel like strangers.
In partnership with Home Instead Fareham, we run a monthly Memory Cafe in Lee on Solent.
More older people with dementia will be able to interact with the natural outdoors environment, thanks to a ground breaking new project taking place at community farm “Down To Earth” in Millbrook. Participants will be able to take part in a range of activities on the farm, from feeding and caring for animals, to woodwork, gardening activities and crafts using natural materials – all supported by specialist staff in a safe setting.
Around 1500 people in Southampton are diagnosed with dementia every year, and many of the services and activities available are based in indoor, more traditional care settings. This project was inspired by the innovative “Green Care Farming” model which is being increasingly used across Europe to improve health and social care outcomes, and results in better nutrition, sleeping, confidence, and general wellbeing.
Funded by a grant of just over £8,000 from a partnership between Southampton City Council and the city’s Clinical Commissioning Group, this pilot project is the first of its kind in the city, and is open to referrals from local mental health teams as well as self referrals from anyone in Southampton over 50 with dementia for a small means tested fee.
For more information on booking, please contact Maria Vicente on 023 8022 7166.