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Health and social care

Support for people with dementia

If you're concerned that you or someone you know may have dementia, you should first speak to your GP.

Advice is available in the NHS dementia guide.

Find out how we support people with dementia, and their carers, to help maintain independence and quality of life:

Identifying dementia

Dementia is not a natural part of ageing; as we age the risk of developing dementia does increase, but it is actually caused by a disease. There are other conditions that can mimic the early signs of dementia, causing confusion or memory loss - a visit to the doctor could sort these out.

Assessing your care needs

We'll need to discuss what type of support you might need when assessing your social care needs. This may include support to continue living independently at home or day care for instance. We'll also let you know if we can help to pay for your care and support; if you qualify for a personal budget, we can also discuss the arrangements that will suit you best.

Other support for people with dementia

There are also a number of local care homes which offer support to people with dementia. We also offer a range of equipment which can help support those diagnosed with dementia at home.

More information about local services, providers and groups is available from Live Well York, or from the following community organisations:

  • Dementia Forward - a range of information, advice and support to people with dementia and their carers, in the York area
  • Alzheimer’s Society - search for details about activities and support available to people living with dementia and their carers in the York area
  • Age UK York - a range of support, advice and information for older people in York

'Dementia friendly' city

Organisations have agreed to help make York a ‘dementia friendly city’, meaning it's a good place to live for people with dementia and their carers.

York Dementia Action Alliance is a local group which brings together organisations working to improve the lives of people with dementia in the York area; they're leading the work to make York a ‘dementia friendly city’.

Living with dementia

Find out more about what it's like to live with dementia by watching this video.

Dementia and the Herbert Protocol

When a person goes missing, it is very distressing for family and friends and can be even more worrying when the missing person has dementia.

The Herbert Protocol is a simple risk reduction tool to help the police in their search for people with dementia who go missing.

National dementia research

To take part in national dementia research, visit the National Institute for Health Research website.

Also see

Adult Social Care Community Team

Telephone: 01904 555111, Textphone: 07534 437804

West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA

Adult Social Care Emergency Duty Team

Contact the Emergency Duty Team for assistance.

We're available between 5.00pm and 8.30am, Monday to Friday, 24 hours a day over weekends (between 5.00pm Friday until 8.30am Monday), and 24 hours on bank holidays.

Telephone: 01609 780780