Support after a diagnosis
Getting a diagnosis gives you and your family the best chance to prepare and plan for the future, to help understand your condition and help you and your family live well.
There is no clinical cure for dementia, but some symptoms can be treated, and there is support available to help.
GOV.UK has a guide to support you and your family after a dementia diagnosis.
Help in Essex for people affected by dementia
We fund the Alzheimer's Society to provide several support services to make life easier for people living with dementia.
For any concerns relating to dementia or looking after someone living with dementia, contact the Alzheimer's Society Essex Community Dementia Support Service.
They can help put you in touch with services which may help you most.
Essex Community Dementia Support Service
Telephone: 01245 260 911
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
Healthwatch Essex has produced a Dementia Handbook for Carers (7.6MB PDF), which provides information for those looking after someone with dementia, and where to go for support.
The family navigator service
One of the services you may be referred to by the single point of contact is the family navigators. Family navigators are support workers from the Alzheimer's Society who offer information and practical guidance to help you understand dementia, cope with day-to-day challenges and prepare for the future.
These are located in hospitals and health centres and offer a place to gather and access information. Some of them incorporate dementia cafes.
Essex has a number of Dementia Action Alliance groups who are working in local areas to drive dementia awareness and build dementia friendly communities, including work on schemes that support businesses to be more aware of issues people with dementia face and offer better services.
Help find missing people with dementia
We are a partner in The Herbert Protocol. This is a way to help find loved ones who go missing.
It encourages carers, friends and relatives of people with dementia to compile information about their loved ones which could help authorities find them quicker in the event of them going missing.
Dementia support services
Find dementia support services near you:
- Alzheimer's Society
- Talking Point, the Alzheimer's Society online community forum
- Parkinson's UK
- Healthwatch Essex
- Essex Dementia and Frailty Service
Admiral Nurses are registered nurses and experts in dementia care. They give practical, clinical and emotional support to families living with dementia to help them live well. The helpline is 0800 888 6678.
If you look after someone with dementia, then you might like to read about support for carers.