Alzheimer's and Dementia Support Services supports people affected by dementia living in Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley. The support offered includes information and guidance, community engagement and care services.
The COVID-19 outbreak has had a big impact on the charity with loss of income from having to close it's day service and community groups as well as having to cancel fundraising events. However the demand on the service is as high as ever with people affected by dementia needing guidance and support throughout this pandemic. There have been over 950 contacts since the lockdown began.
The charity has taken steps to develop their service offer so that people can remain connected, engaged and safe.
This has included virtual groups, such as the popular Singing Back the Memories; weekly activity packs posted out to individuals, regular welfare calls and activity videos posted online for people to join in with at home.
This has all been provided free of charge so that nobody misses out on this vital support network.
The charity are also working closely with health and social professionals to identify those people living with dementia that are at risk of isolation and ill health so that they may offer support.
People affected by dementia are at the heart of everything we do and are encouraged to be involved with our services, at all levels, enabling us to offer unique and bespoke support
We believe in enabling those who live with dementia to live well.