The Dementia Family Support Service has helped 679 families come to terms with a dementia diagnosis since launching in October 2015.
GPs and health and care professionals have been directing people to the service, which is run by the Alzheimer’s Society and funded by Lincolnshire County Council. People are also able to approach the service themselves for help for them or their family member.
Councillor Patricia Bradwell, executive member for adult care, said: “Being diagnosed with dementia can feel like an isolating time, not just for the person receiving the diagnosis but for a family too.
“That’s why we’re funding the dementia family support service which is about letting people know they’re not alone in those early days. Getting the right help as soon as possible can lead to a better quality of life for the whole family.”
The Dementia Family Support Service can help by:
* Providing a dedicated support worker to help you find the right health and care support;
* Provide information and literature about living well with dementia;
* Signposting to other organisations that offer practical support.
Nasim Minhas, Alzheimer’s Society operations manager for Lincolnshire, said: “Life doesn’t end when dementia begins and the sooner you come to us for information and support, the sooner you can get the right treatment, support and advice to tackle dementia.
“We are here for anyone affected by dementia and there are lots of ways we can help you, so call the Lincolnshire office on 01522 692681 or email lincolnshireDFSS@alzheimers.org.uk”
Dementia awareness week is May 15-21. In Lincolnshire nearly 7,000 people are living with a dementia diagnosis, while there are an estimated 11,000 people in total with the condition. By 2020 this is expected to be 13,200.