If you are worried that you may be developing dementia, please contact your GP to discuss your concerns. It might be helpful to have someone with you for support.
Support from the Alzheimer's Society
The Alzheimer's Society is providing information, advice and support for carers and people affected by dementia during the pandemic. This support is available across West Sussex.
- Phone assessments, provided by dementia advisers and support workers, are available for all new referrals. Those who are considered most vulnerable are being prioritised and referred to relevant services.
- Companion Calls is a new interim service that aims to combat loneliness and isolation caused by the pandemic. The service co-ordinates volunteers to have friendly chats over the phone with people who use dementia services.
- Dementia Talking Point is a free 24-hour online community where people affected by dementia can receive valuable support.
- People can contact the local office for support throughout the outbreak. There is a team of home-based staff and volunteers available. Email Sussex.Helpline@alzheimers.org.uk or phone 01403 213017.
- The Dementia Connect support line remains open daily on 0333 150 3456.
- The IDEAL project at the University of Exeter has produced leaflets for people affected by dementia and their carers. These contain five key messages about how people with dementia can stay well during the coronavirus epidemic.
- M4D Radio - a new internet radio station created for people living with dementia and their carers. It is free to listeners and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The five available channels play music that evoke memories based on the year when a listener was born.
- Helping Hand Card Scheme from Metrobus – the free cards hold brief information to let the driver know about a person’s needs and can also be used to advise if they are exempt from wearing a face covering on public transport