COVID 19 UPDATE
Alzheimer’s Society local services update
Local Alzheimer’s Society teams continue to provide information, support and guidance to those who need it. To ensure the wellbeing of our service users, volunteers and staff, we have made some changes to how this support is provided. This may change depending on future government guidance, but at present the following is in place in your area:
Direct support for people affected by dementia:
- All face-to-face and home visits have currently been suspended.
- We will increase the number of keeping in touch telephone calls with service users to help support their wellbeing and guard against isolation.
- We will be extending the operating hours of our national Dementia Connect Support Line. Trained advisors can be contacted via 0333 150 3456 for advice and guidance.
- All local group sessions have been suspended.
- We are working with our volunteers to develop ways to continue to support group members via other methods.
- Advice and guidance on a range of issues is available on our website.
- We would encourage people to join Dementia Talking Point. This is our online community where people affected by dementia can receive valuable support from people in similar situations.
- People with questions about what they should be doing and how they should be interacting with people living with dementia at this time can access this guidance.
- Any community groups or individuals that wish to support vulnerable adults during this time can contact Alzheimer’s Society for information and guidance. This includes how to access our online Dementia Friends awareness sessions.
Alzheimer’s Society contact details:
Website: www.alzheimers.org.uk // Telephone: 0333 150 3456
Working Towards a Dementia Friendly Congleton
Many people in Congleton are working hard to make the town a Dementia friendly place where people living with dementia can live well. A group set up in 2018, under the auspices of Congleton Partnership to help people and businesses become aware of the needs of people with dementia, to publicise and create more events that welcome people living with dementia and can cater for any additional needs they have.
Since 2018 over 1,000 people in Congleton have attended an awareness course and have become a Dementia Friend. Anyone can attend one of the free awareness sessions, and Congleton’s Dementia Friends Champions are happy to run a session in any location for groups, organisations, friends and families. If you can get a group of 5 of more people together in Congleton – we can provide someone to run the session, tel 01260 270350. Sessions last around an hour.
Many Businesses in Congleton have gone a step further. In addition to their staff attending an awareness session they have also taken actions to make their premises better for people living with dementia. These premises have a Dementia Friendly Congleton Sticker in the window. We congratulate the following on their efforts to become more dementia friendly:
- Bear Grills
- Chris Hamriding Estate Agents
- Congleton Lions
- Congleton Veterinary Centre
- Eaton Bank Academy
- Innovations, High Town
- Musical Moments
- The Old Saw Mill
- Three Way Travel
- Wild and Wild
- Butters John Bee
- Congleton Library
- Congleton Museum
- Co-op Funeral Care
- Gather of Cheshire
- Lawton House Surgery
- New Life Church
- The Castle Inn
- Top Nosh
Activities: Every quarter the Dementia Friendly Congleton group produces an activity leaflet advising on gentle activities taking place in and around Congleton which people living with Dementia and their carers may be interested in attending, click the link below to view the latest leafet: