We can support people with dementia (link to http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/dementia-guide/Pages/about-dementia.aspx) (and their carers), to help maintain independence and quality of life.
If you are concerned that you or someone you know may have dementia, you should first speak to your GP.
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 and a visit to the doctor could sort these out.
Who can get support
To get support from the council with your needs you must be:
• aged 18 or over;
• living within the City of York Council area; and
• have needs which are eligible for support based on the Care Act eligibility criteria
More about who we can help We can also offer support to carers of people experiencing dementia.
More about advice and support for carers
Our priority is to support people who have no other option or need additional help. You do not have to contact us if you are happy with the support you are able to organise yourself.
What is available
We will need to discuss what type of support you might need. This may include support to continue living independently at home or day care for instance. There are also a number of local care homes (link to (older people, residential care) which offer support to people with dementia.. We also offer a range of equipment and telecare which can help support those diagnosed with dementia at home. How it works
First you need to tell us what your needs are. We will discuss the type of difficulties you have to do things at home and what type of help you need. We call this an assessment. More about assessments
We will use the information you give us to work out roughly how much it will cost to support your needs. We will also let you know if we can help to pay for this support. We call this a Personal Budget.
More about paying for services If you qualify for a Personal Budget, we can then discuss the arrangements that will suit you best.
Support in the community
Dementia Forward provide a range of information, advice and support to people with dementia and their carers, in the York area.
You can contact them on 01904 692473 or
The Alzheimer’s Society has details about activities and support available to people living with Dementia and their carers in the York area
Age UK York
Age UK York provide a range of support, advice and information for older people in York.
You can contact them on 01904 627995 or see their website: www.ageuk.org.uk/york/
Dementia Friendly City
Organisations in York have agreed to try to make the city ‘dementia friendly’, meaning a good place to live for people with dementia and their carers.
More about becoming a Dementia Friendly City
York Dementia Action Alliance
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 are leading the work to make York a ‘dementia friendly city’.