Support for people living with dementia during COVID-19
Did you know that you can register yourself or on behalf of someone else if either of you have a medical condition that makes you extremely vulnerable to Coronavirus? For example, you’ll be able to ask for help getting deliveries of essential supplies like food.
For those defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable read the COVID-19 guidance on shielding and protecting people.
Listed below are links to organisations providing advice and guidance for people living with dementia and their families and carers. You can also speak to a dementia specialist Admiral Nurse via Dementia UK’s helpline on 0800 888 6687.
Richmondshire District Council are working closely with partners to provide support for our residents. The main point of contact for registering a need and accessing support services is via North Yorkshire County Council (call 01609 780780). There are also a number of local Mutual Aid groups that have been established too.
The County Council have also established four local hubs in the district hosted by:
- Upper Dales Community Partnership in Hawes
- Hudson House in Reeth
- Leyburn Arts and Community Centre in Leyburn
- The Bridge in Catterick Garrison
Dementia Friendly Richmondshire
The group 'Dementia Friendly Richmondshire' (formerly known as Richmondshire Dementia Action Alliance) is working with the council and other partners towards Richmondshire becoming a recognised dementia friendly community. The steering group meets on a regular basis and is available to offer support and advice to any organisations or businesses that would like to become dementia friendly. It also provides raising awareness sessions for you, your employees and volunteers.
If you are interested in becoming a dementia friend further information can be found on the Alzheimer's Society website.
If your business or community group would like to become recognised as being 'Dementia Friendly' please contact us for more advice or take a look at the Alzheimer's dementia friendly business guide website.
Dementia services and providers across Richmondshire
Dementia Friendly Swimming Pool
Richmondshire Leisure Trust were recognised as the first pool to achieve dementia friendly status in Yorkshire by North Yorkshire Sport and the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA). To become dementia friendly, a facility displays a commitment to supporting their staff to be dementia friends and undertakes 'Step Inside' training to view their facilities through the lens of someone with dementia. Physical adjustments are made in the form of signage and appropriate flooring. To further support this the pool has created specific dementia friendly sessions with a guarantee that lifeguards are dementia friends during those sessions. For details call 01748 824581 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The society provides dementia advice clinics for those recently diagnosed with dementia or who may have concerns about their own or someone else's memory. Clinics run at:
- Quakers Lane Surgery, Richmond. Runs first Wednesday in the month, 3pm-5pm. Call 01748 850440
- Kirkwood Hall, Leyburn. Call 01969 622391 to arrange an appointment
- Scorton Surgery. Runs third Friday in the month, 1pm-4.30pm. Call 01748 811320
- Aldbrough St John. Call 01325 374332 to arrange an appointment
- Day support at Garget Walker House, Richmond. Call 01748 826114
For further details call the Alzheimer's Society on 01748 825817 or email email@example.com
Side by Side
Side by Side is an Alzheimer's Society project that matches people who have dementia with volunteers, based on shared interests. Once matched with a volunteer, they can enjoy time together doing activities that they have always loved, attend events or clubs together, or try out brand new interests. Pairs meet regularly at a time that suits them both.
Side by Side is open to anyone who has a diagnosis of dementia and would like to be more connected to their communities. It may be that you want to go on more country walks but don't fancy going on your own, or you have a passion for golf but have no one to share this with. It is a personalised service so what you do is up to you. Volunteers are fully trained and supported, but they cannot provide personal care or act as a transport or handyperson service.
Could you help someone with dementia do the things they love? 62 percent of people who live alone with dementia say they feel lonely. Side by Side aims to reduce this feeling of isolation. Volunteer for the Side by Side service and share your passion with someone with dementia in Hambleton and Richmondshire. Get in touch today to find out more by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 07826 867835.
Dementia cafes provide opportunities for people with dementia, family members and carers to meet regularly and talk about living with dementia. Information about dementia, local services and practical tips about how to live with dementia are also available at these social events.
Dementia Cafés and events currently held across the district include:
- Richmond Golf Club Singing for Pleasure – 3rd Thursday of the month, 2pm-3:30pm, with Liz Dawson
- Richmond Golf Club Café Memoir - 1st Thursday of the month, 2pm-3:30pm, with Liz Dawson
- Richmond Town Hall Time Together Tuesday – every Tuesday,1pm-3pm, £2.50
- The Bridge – every Monday, 1pm-3pm, with Dementia Forward (for details telephone 03300 578592)
Useful links to other organisations that can help are listed at the bottom of this page under the useful websites section.