Vulnerable and older people living with dementia face real challenges this winter as the coronavirus pandemic continues. In response, local charity Dementia Support is now offering its services three different ways – by phone, online and, when possible, face to face at its dementia hub, Sage House in Tangmere near Chichester.
One local customer says the different ways of accessing services have made a real difference to herself and her husband, who was diagnosed with dementia four years ago.
“Dementia is hard at the best of times, but this year has been a real struggle. We’ve been on the phone constantly to Sage House which has been a real lifeline, and in recent weeks we’ve been in for face to face support. Getting online took us a while but now I know how to do it, we join in the activities. It’s good to see friendly faces and we have a good laugh. It really breaks up the week and helps us both cope.”
Since the start of the pandemic, Dementia Support has been working with customers to develop alternative ways of supporting people, and now ready for winter, they are offering dementia services three ways:
- By phone – speak to a Wayfinder for free emotional and practical support tailored to your unique circumstances
- Online – access a range of free activities, video calls with a Wayfinder, and Chatter Tables
- Face-to-face (by appointment and only if possible within current government guidelines) – services at Sage House dementia hub in Tangmere include quiet hairdressing, activities and respite care.
To find out more about dementia services, phone Dementia Support at Sage House on 01243 888691 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The charity’s fundraising has been hard hit during the pandemic, whilst the number of people needing support has increased. To donate to Dementia Support’s Christmas Appeal, please go to www.dementia-support.org.uk/donate.