Fresh help on offer for dementia sufferers

PEOPLE affected by dementia in Belper are being encouraged to sign-up for a new service.

The Dementia Support Service, run by Derbyshire County Council in partnership with the NHS, is aimed at helping people and their carers and family come to terms with a diagnosis.

There are currently around 3,250 people in Derbyshire who have been diagnosed with dementia and it is thought there are more than 6,000 undiagnosed.

By 2015 it is thought that there will be 11,000 sufferers overall across the county.

Now, a team of specialist dementia support workers have been put together to provide specialist and practical support, information and advice to people as well as guiding them towards services.

Derbyshire County Council cabinet member for adult care, Cllr Charles Jones, said: “It will be much easier for people to find services which can support them and also know that help is on hand as and when they need it.”

People who could benefit from the new service in Belper are being urged to get in touch and find out what is on offer.

Anyone who is registered with a Derbyshire GP or is a carer or relative of a person registered with a Derbyshire GP can use the service.

For more information visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/dementia or call 01332 208845.