People living with dementia and their families are being invited to have their say about the support and services they would like to see offered at a new Lancaster Dementia Hub being planned for the Morecambe Bay area.

The hub, which will run monthly at St John's Hospice Lancaster, is a joint initiative between University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT), Lancaster University, St John’s Hospice, Lancaster, and Joseph A Jones Solicitors, Lancaster.

Dementia Hub, Lancaster

Dianne Smith

Dianne Smith, Dementia Matron at UHMBT, said:

“It is really common after a patient is diagnosed with dementia that they don’t receive post diagnostic support.

We want to be able to provide people with dementia and their families with a place to come every month to socialise and find the right support for them."

The inspiration for the hub has come from Lancashire Dementia Voices which offers people in the Preston area post diagnostic support following formal diagnosis.

The kind of information and support available could range from advice on ...

  • Financial matters
  • Health checks
  • Research
  • Legal advice
  • Information about therapies and activities

To enable people living with dementia in the area to have an input, a Listening Event is being held on Monday 6 June between 6 and 8pm at St John’s Hospice.

This will give potential beneficiaries of the service a direct chance to say what services they need and what they'd like the hub to provide.

The hub will focus on providing support and information to those directly affected by dementia, and fits with the local Better Care Together strategy, providing support for patients closer to their home.

BCT is the clinically led plan to ensure that health and care services across Morecambe Bay can remain safe, are of a consistently high standard, and can be financially sustained not just for the next five years, but well into the future.

For more information about the hub, click here to visit St John's Hospice website, or telephone them on 01524 382 538

Source: Cumbria Crack 24/05/16

by admin 

May 25, 2016