A Bristol service delivering personalised support to people living with dementia has recently celebrated its first birthday. The Dementia Wellbeing Service was launched in April 2015 and, as it marks its first year of activity, it has revealed that it has helped over 1,800 people affected by dementia.
The service, commissioned by Bristol CCG, is a partnership between Alzheimer’s Society and Devon Partnership NHS Trust, creating the Bristol Dementia Partnership. Since April 2015 it has been responsible for delivering dementia services across the city. The service brings together a whole range of professionals which includes nurses, social workers, support staff, navigators, therapists and medics.
"The Dementia Wellbeing Service was designed to provide support, guidance and help when, and where, people want it – and in a way that suits them. We worked with people living with dementia, their friends, families and carers to understand what they wanted. Everyone we spoke to told us that they want services to support the person with dementia to live as well as possible, for as long as possible – which is what we are here to do. Over the past year we have been able to offer hundreds of people vital support and we are now hoping to reach out to even more people across the city."
- Paula Shears, Alzheimer’s Society Services Manager for Bristol
The innovative Dementia Wellbeing Service covers all aspects of dementia care, from diagnosis to end-of-life – providing care, support and guidance every step of the way. For carers and families the service provides practical help, training and advice. Access to the Dementia Wellbeing Service is through your GP.
"The new Dementia Wellbeing Service puts the individual person, and their family, at its heart. There is now one-to-one support local to where someone lives, drastically cutting waiting times, allowing people to build a long term relationship with professionals and to shape the care and support they receive."
- Dr Pippa Stables, Bristol GP and clinical lead for dementia for NHS Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group