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Inverclyde Dementia Support and Development Service

Project Title :- Inverclyde Dementia Support and Development Service


Start date / end date (if pilot study) Oct 2008-Mar 2010


Organisation  - (Health / Social Work / Voluntary Organisation / Private Sector)

Voluntary Organisation – Alzheimer Scotland

Setting up the project :-


Why the project was set up? It was identified that there was a significant service gap in the provision of post diagnostic support to people with early stage dementia and their carers within Inverclyde


What are the aims and objectives? To provide ongoing support to people with dementia and their carers following diagnosis and to develop capacity for a partnership approach to early diagnosis


Who was involved in setting it up?

 Fairer Scotland Fund, Alzheimer Scotland, Older Persons Community Mental Health Team, Local Authority


What were the main challenges?

To work within framework of targets and expected outcomes as identified in the tender document and keep within budget lines. To establish good working relationships with professionals within community organisations in order to facilitate referral process and promote awareness of the service. To try and establish awareness and benefits of the service among General Practitioners.


Description of project :- (No more than 500 words)

The project provides post diagnostic support to people with dementia and their carers from the point of diagnosis. The project aims to work with people with early stage dementia, however referrals have also included people who have been recently diagnosed but do not have early stage and can be in the moderate stages of the illness. Referrals are received mainly from the Consultant Psychiatrist in the Older Person Mental Health Team but can also be made by staff from other community organisations and people can also self refer.

The project provides one to one information, support and advice and also refers to other agencies as required.

Support is provided for people with dementia and their carers through a monthly Alzheimer Café which provides social support and psychological education. Speakers are invited each month to present and discuss a variety of topics about dementia. The focus is on providing people with the opportunity to relax, meet others and learn how to live positively with dementia

In addition to one to one support the project has established a peer support group for people with early stage dementia which meets weekly. The group does not have a pre-determined programme and discussion covers a range of topics related to living with a diagnosis of dementia as well as arranging social activities. The emphasis is on relaxation and encouraging a sense of self worth and wellbeing. This group is facilitated by two workers but is led by members.

The project runs a six week post diagnostic education group for people with dementia. The programme covers topics such as living with dementia, stress and relaxation, music, reminiscence. Members of these groups have the opportunity to meet socially following this course by joining the weekly peer support group

People with dementia and their carers also have access to a counsellor as and when required.

Additional support is provided for carers by means of:

A Carer Education Course run every three months

A monthly Carer Support Group

Two Therapeutic Support Groups specifically designed to cover topics such as dealing with stress, healthy living, emotional impact of caring, communication and coping strategies. Each Group will run for a period of six weeks.


Evaluation :-


Has an evaluation taken place?

 Not as yet


How do you know it has made a difference?

 Feedback from service users, staff within the organisation and professionals from community organisations


If it has not been evaluated do you aim to evaluate it or would you like assistance?

 Evaluation process being planned and will commence three months before the termination of the project


What changes would you make if you were starting the project again?

Make funding body aware from the onset that service may need to be adapted as experience of early support grows and new needs and potential service responses are identified



Future plans for project :-


What are the future plans for the project?

 To secure long term funding


Additional Information :-


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Contact Person Vaughan Jones

Job Title Dementia Support and Development Worker

Base Alzheimer Scotland, 14 William Street, Greenock PA15 1BT

E-mail [email protected]

Tel No. 01475 720409