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Hub would provide support for people living with dementia and their families

Dianne Smith
Dianne Smith

[P]eople living with dementia and their families will have the chance to have their say, at a Listening Event on Monday 6 June at St John’s Hospice, about what support they would like to see at a new dementia hub.

For example, support and information they may choose could be to help them with:

  • Financial matters
  • Health checks
  • Research
  • Legal advice

The hub, which will run monthly at the hospice, is a joint initiative between University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT), Lancaster University, St John’s Hospice, Lancaster, and Joseph A Jones Solicitors, Lancaster.

The team have taken inspiration for the hub from Lancashire Dementia Voices which offers people in the Preston area post diagnostic support following formal diagnosis.

Dianne Smith, Dementia Matron at UHMBT, said: “It is really common after a patient is diagnosed with dementia that they don’t receive post diagnostic support.

We want to be able to provide people with dementia and their families with a place to come every month to socialise and find the right support for them.

“The listening event will give people the chance to air their views on what they want the hub to provide.”

The Listening Event will be held from 6pm-8pm, at the hospice on Slyne Road, Lancaster, LA2 6ST.

Dementia is a chronic or persistent disorder of the mental processes caused by brain disease or injury and marked by memory disorders, personality changes, and impaired reasoning.

The hub will focus on providing support and information to those directly affected by dementia, and fits with the local Better Care Together strategy, providing support for patients closer to their home.

BCT is our clinically led plan for ensuring health and care services across Morecambe Bay can remain safe, are of a consistently high standard, and can be financially sustained not just for the next five years, but well into the future.

Sue Smith, Executive Chief Nurse at UHMBT, said: “This is a fantastic initiative which will provide support to dementia patients and their families. Well done to everyone involved.”

You can find out more about Dementia here

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