For Carers

Dementia Support and Information for Carers

FREE Online Course  Dementia Care: Staying Connected and Living Well
A course for carers, to help you stay connected to loved ones, manage stress at home and defuse difficult situations. The course lasts for 3 weeks and takes 2 hours per week. The next course begins on 6th November 2017. (Please click on the underlined heading in blue for further information.)

An appeal for Support – If you know of anyone who is living with someone diagnosed with ‘behaviour variant FrontoTemporal Degeneration (bvFTD)’, a rare form of Dementia, please encourage them to contact Marion Cheethem. She would like to liaise with other carers, perhaps with a view to forming a support group in the area.
Please email:  marmic09@btinternet.com

Admiral Nursing direct Dementia Helpline – Tel 0800 888 6678 is available for advice and information daily between 9.00am and 5.00pm, also on Wednesday and Thursday evenings between 6.00 and 9.00pm, or by e-mailing : direct@dementiauk.org

Age UK Norfolk offers information and advice to the public on a wide range of issues. For free, confidential advice – Tel 0300 500 1217 Monday to Friday between 10.00am and 4.00pm. A weekly list of care home vacancies in Norfolk for both respite and longer term may be viewed on the Age UK Norfolk website.

Alzheimer’s Society National Dementia Helpline – leading the fight against Dementia. If you have any concerns about Alzheimer’s disease or any other form of dementia, the Helpline can provide information, support and signposting to appropriate organisations. The Helpline is usually open:  9.00am to 8.00 pm from Monday to Wednesday; 9.00am to 5.00pm on Thursday and Friday; 10.00am to 4.00pm on Saturday and Sunday.
For more information please see the Alzheimer’s Society website.

The Dementia Action Alliance IDN273 Dementia Aware Sticker_000001 brings together organisations from across England which are committed to transforming the lives of people with dementia and their carers.  Further information may be found on the following link:  Holt Dementia Action Alliance.

The Glaven Centre in Blakeney provides day care as well as personal services for older people on Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9.00am to 3.30pm. Transport to and from the centre can be provided by the Glaven minibus. Contact: Maureen Buckey – Tel 01263 740762 or 740103.

The Holt Area Caring Society (HACS) is an organisation which takes clients to medical appointments from Holt and neighbouring villages. For more information please contact the co-ordinator, Liz Tranier – Tel 01263 711243. Holt Area Caring Society

Norfolk Carers Helpline – Tel 0808 808 9876 freephone 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday; 10.00am to 2.00pm Saturdays. Norfolk Carers

Norfolk Swift Response – Tel 0344 800 8020 and then select Option 1. This is a 24/7 direct ‘Swift Line’ that responds to unplanned or urgent social care needs. Help will be sent immediately if required.

Rosewell Respite – ‘Home away from Home’. This service, offered in Holt, is designed to cater for those needing short residential care and support in a relaxed homely environment.
Leaflets are available at the Poppy Centre.
Manager: Wendy Spencer – Tel 01263 711504 or email: rosewellrespite@gmail.com

Royal Voluntary Service: Home and Well in North Norfolk – Tel 01603 397998
homewellnn@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk
The RVS offers this service to put you in contact with any support you may need before going into and/or returning home from hospital. It also offers other services, nationwide, for older people.

Therapy Directory Connecting you with professional support   www.therapy-directory.org.uk

Chill4UsCarers – The Charity that Cares 24 hours a day for Carers and Past Carers   chill4us.com

Details of Care and Nursing Homes   www.carehome.co.uk

NHS Guide to Dementia and Services   www.nhs.uk/dementia

Publications and Guidance on Dementia   www.mentalhealth.org.uk

Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia recommends books you might find helpful if you have dementia, are caring for someone with dementia or would like to find out more about the condition. The books provide information and advice, support for living well, advice for relatives and carers, and personal stories. They are endorsed by health professionals and can all be found in the local library. www.reading-well.org.uk

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The following links may also be of use:  Please click on the headings for more information.

  • Ben’s Workforce Tel 01263 826854  Repair and maintenance service for older people in Norfolk, a part of the Benjamin Foundation.  Basic repairs undertaken, shelves put up, furniture assembled, dripping taps fixed; also able to do minor decorating work.
  • The Royal British Legion ‘Handy Vans’ provide Armed Forces personnel, both serving and ex-Service, and their families with home repairs and maintenance, allowing them to remain in their own homes. For further information please visit www.britishlegion.org.uk or call 0800 032 0306.
  • Holt Laptop Centre – Tel 01263 711622  16 Chapel Yard, Albert Street, Holt, NR25 6HG
    –   repairs and services laptops, tablets and personal computers
    –   sells refurbished laptops, tablets and a wide range of accessories
  • Holidays and outdoor activities   Dementia Adventure connects people living with dementia with nature and a sense of adventure.
  • Music Mirrors – How to create one
    A Music Mirror is a brief life story in our own words, with sounds and music embedded to spark memories later.
  • Sensory Bands – Knitting Pattern
    The sensory band was designed to help people find comfort in tactile stimulation which they may be missing, especially when away from home. The bands can be reassuring and help people to feel more relaxed and safe.
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