What is a Dementia Adviser?
A Dementia Adviser provides support to people diagnosed as living with dementia and their families, to help them maintain their independence, improve their sense of wellbeing and continue to feel that they have control over their day-to-day lives. Part of their role is to evaluate a family’s requirements after a diagnosis, and to advise them on the best available sources of information and support to suit their needs.
How do I access this service?
In Oxfordshire, Dementia Advisers work alongside GP surgeries and specialist memory clinics. Once diagnosed with dementia, you can refer yourself to an Adviser by contacting the Dementia Oxfordshire support line (Tel: 01865 410 210) , or you may be referred to one by your doctor or a social worker. Once referred, the Dementia Adviser assigned to you will make arrangements to find out more about your individual circumstances. This may be by telephone, email or a planned face-to-face meeting.
Do I have to pay?
Dementia Advisers are an integral part of the Dementia Support Services offered by the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Oxfordshire County Council (OCC). This service is free to people living with dementia and their families and to others providing unpaid care.
What to expect
Your Dementia Adviser’s aim is to help make it easier for you to live and cope as independently as possible and to seek out the help that you may need now and in the future. They will work with you to assess what you may be entitled or eligible for in your local area and help you to access the information and support that you require.
Dementia Advisers work in partnership with other healthcare professionals to ensure that you are aware of the best available options and possible outcomes to suit your personal circumstances.
Although Dementia Advisers must adapt their working methods to meet the needs of the communities they support, broadly speaking, they will:
- Agree a time and method of contact with you.
- Listen to and answer any questions you or your family may have relating to your diagnosis, available healthcare services, medical treatments and non-medical support (e.g. social/wellbeing groups, support groups etc.).
- Tailor a personal information plan with you that will include specific details about access to the available services in your area.
Your Dementia Adviser will offer to make contact with you again every 6 months to see how you are doing and if you require any further support. You can of course contact your Dementia Adviser at any time if you have any concerns they might be able to help with.