We are committed to being a dementia friendly organisation. We are pleased to have our efforts recognised as a Working to Becoming a Dementia Friendly Organisation, by the Kent Dementia Friendly Communities Team.
We encourage all our staff to be a Dementia Friend by attending an information session.
We have made some changes to our main reception following advice from the local Phoenix Group to be more dementia friendly to those visiting and using our services.
Our sheltered schemes are going through a programme of refurbishment and the new designs ensure they are dementia friendly.
We are members of the Dementia Action Alliance for Canterbury and Ashford. Through this we look to see how we can work with other organisations to make communities more dementia friendly, including awareness raising and promoting dementia friendly activities.
Join us in helping to make Ashford a dementia friendly community. Visit the Dementia Friends website to find out more.
Where can I find support?
Dementia has an impact on many of our lives. Dementia affects people in different ways, depending on the type of dementia. The impact can be physical, emotional and psychological. It can also dramatically alter everyday life.
There are a number of organisations that provide a range of support and resources to help those living with, or caring for someone with, dementia.
Kent Dementia Helpline
The Kent Dementia Helpline is a confidential freephone service, available 24/7, for people with dementia, their carers, families and friends – 0800 500 3014.
Admiral Nurses provide specialist dementia support and are a lifeline to thousands of families dealing with dementia every day. Either face to face, or on the end of their dementia helpline – 0800 888 6678.
The Alzheimer's Society mission is to transform the landscape of dementia forever. Until the day we find a cure, we will strive to create a society where those affected by dementia are supported and accepted, able to live in their community without fear or prejudice.
They also run the National Dementia Advice Line (0300 222 1122) which provides information, support and advice around dementia.
Alzheimer's Research UK
Alzheimer's Research UK is the UK's leading dementia research charity, dedicated to causes, diagnosis, prevention, treatment and cure. Give them a call on 0300 111 5555.
General information about dementia, symptoms and diagnosis, living with dementia and care and support.
Support services for people living with dementia
Information is also available from East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust about the many independently provided services for people living with dementia and their carers.
Age UK can carry out home visits and provide a range of services for older people. This includes those living with dementia either at their home, or through group activities. You can call the Age UK advice line on 0800 055 6112.
This organisation provides web-based information on what's happening around the county.