'Montgomery is officially working to become dementia friendly’
The Montgomery Dementia Friends Group, under the leadership of Eric Fairbrother, has successfully raised awareness of dementia in the local community amongst both residents and businesses.
Look out for the window stickers indicating that a business is ‘Working to become dementia friendly’!
Developing Montgomery as a dementia friendly community will involve a continuing focus on engaging with local needs.
Central to the work of the group will be activities that encourage social interaction and combat the isolation often experienced by people living with dementia.
Alzheimer's Society: https://www.alzheimers.org.uk
National Dementia helpline: 0300 222 11 22
The Silver Line helpline for older people: https://www.thesilverline.org.uk/
0800 4 70 80 90
Caring for someone with dementia: The Herbert Protocol
The Herbert Protocol is a national scheme which encourages carers, family members or friends to compile useful information which could be used in the event of a vulnerable person going missing.
The initiative is named after George Herbert, a War veteran of the Normandy landings, who lived with dementia.
Powys Community Health Council (CHC): is an independent statutory organisation which represents the interests of patients and the public in the National Health Service in Powys.
They can help you by
providing information about NHS services
supporting individual patients in their dealings with the NHS
providing a free and independent complaints advocacy service that offers confidential support, advice and guidance for those wishing to make a complaint about the NHS.
Newtown office: 01686 627632
Brecon office: 01874 624026
Making a dementia friendly home
There are plenty of things you can do around your home to make life easier. See this advice from Age UK: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/health-wellbeing/conditions-illnesses/dementia/a-dementia-friendly-home
Message in a bottle
Message in a Bottle is where you keep essential personal and medication details in a small bottle in the fridge. The scheme is run across the UK by Lions clubs. Bottles can be collected at Montgomery Medical Practice.
Dementia carers research
A collection of research about informal carers of people with dementia as part of the Carer Research and Knowledge Exchange Network (CAREN) http://wels.open.ac.uk/research-project/caren/themes/dementia
Training and information for care staff, friends and family supporting people with dementia: https://www.scie.org.uk/dementia/
Dementia Matters in Powys is a newly-established charitable organisation that works in partnership with communities, third-sector and statutory organisations to develop and share innovative practice.
They provide a wealth of information about dementia, support for dementia, and dementia-friendly communitieshttp://www.dementiamatterspowys.org.uk/