We provide specialist support for patients and their families living with dementia.
As the number of people with a dementia diagnosis rises in our community, so too does the pressure on families and carers. Whatever your diagnosis and wherever you are in the dementia journey, our Dementia Specialist Nurse is able to provide empathetic care and support for you and your family in your own home or care home. She will liaise with your GP, Memory Clinic and Admiral Nurse to ensure that you are provided with the individualised care you need, and can signpost you to other local services.
Our staff in the Inpatient Unit are trained specifically in caring for people with dementia.
Patients and their families are very welcome to come along to our Dementia Café, held on the first Saturday of the month, at the Hospice, between 10am and 1pm. Here, patients and their carers are invited to meet others who are in a similar situation and they can access support and advice from Dementia Nurse Specialists. There is no need to book, you can just turn up.
Making Memories Making memories is an eight-week programme which people with dementia and their carers attend together. Each day includes ‘cognitive stimulation’ activities which help to keep the brain active - and throughout the programme there are also wellbeing sessions and guest speakers introducing useful local services. Some of the sessions are designed for carers to meet separately whilst their loved ones are cared for in a safe, supported environment before coming together for a social lunch.
Our specialist dementia service colleagues ensure that at Heart of Kent Hospice we encourage people with dementia to live well, promoting independence, while also supporting families. Our person-centered service is also a winner!
Churches across Rochester Diocese also host a range of additional regular activities for people affected by dementia. For further information click here.
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