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More than 2000 people newly diagnosed with dementia each year in NHS Glasgow and Clyde are set to benefit from a new support service tailored to their individual needs.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Alzheimer Scotland, social work services and other voluntary organisations are working together to provide the new service in the Glasgow and Clyde area.
The new service is called Post Diagnosis Support (PDS) and a link worker will provide people newly diagnosed with support and advice on how to cope with their diagnosis.
From now on people who attend their GP and are diagnosed with dementia will receive support from a named link worker for the following next year.
Approximately 86,000 people are currently living with dementia in Scotland.
Stephen Lithgow, Dementia Support and Development lead for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: “Receiving a dementia diagnosis can be a difficult time but it is important to provide support as early as possible.”
“This new service is aimed at supporting people living with newly diagnosed dementia in Glasgow and Clyde. We know some people may be put off going to their GP because of the stigma and fear surrounding dementia, but practical and emotional support is available.
Post Diagnosis Support is tailored to each individual person and is there to provide support and advice. The link worker will work with the individual and their family or carers to make sure they know what help and support is available to them.”
Sarah Burgess, Alzheimer Scotland Regional Manager for Glasgow, Lanarkshire & East Dunbartonshire, said: “We are delighted that Post Diagnostic Support will be available to newly-diagnosed people with dementia in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde health board area.
“Getting the right support after diagnosis is absolutely vital to help people come to terms with the illness, arrange plans for the future and make contact with others who are also living with dementia. Working in partnership with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, local social services and other third sector groups has helped to deliver important and meaningful change for people with dementia, their partners and families.”
Anyone who is concerned about dementia-like symptoms should contact their GP in the first instance.
Notes to Editors
The new service will cover five main types of support:
1. Understanding the illness and managing its symptoms – Thinking about ways to live well with dementia including advice on how to manage the symptoms of dementia, including supported self management.
2. Support to stay connected to the local community - Working closely to keep people with dementia active and engaged with the community.
3. Helping people with dementia to meet other people affected by the illness - Finding out how other people maintain their well being and resilience. Support for carers.
4. Planning for future decision-making – support to set up powers of attorney and other statements of client’s wishes as well as finding out about care options such as Self-Directed Support.
5. Support to plan the shape of future care from the client’s perspective – Co-producing a personal plan with the individual’s choices, hopes and aspirations, which can guide everyone who supports the person with dementia, including professional agencies.
Everyone who gets a new diagnosis of dementia in Scotland is entitled to at least a year’s support. This is called Post Diagnosis Support (PDS). The PDS is a new Dementia HEAT Target, which is part of the Scotland’s second National Dementia Strategy (2013-2016)
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