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 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. All of our staff receive Dementia Friends training.
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. 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.
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.
In partnership with Home Instead Fareham, we run a monthly Memory Cafe in Lee on Solent.