Care Services for People With Dementia in Berkshire

Care Services for People With Dementia in Berkshire

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The number of people with dementia in Berkshire is growing, as to be expected with the ageing population.

Caring for someone with dementia is undoubtedly challenging. Therefore, it is important to be aware of where to go for dementia care support. For comprehensive advice on navigating your caring role please see our guide to looking after someone with dementia.

This guide will look at care services across Berkshire for people with dementia. From specialist NHS dementia teams to local dementia charities, there is sure to be support to suit your relative’s needs.

It is also important to take care of yourself. Talking to others in carer support groups in Berkshire can prove really useful.

There is also a good provision of dementia-friendly cafes and activities across the county. Carers are welcome to join in or such services can be used as respite. For more information please see our guide to dementia-friendly Berkshire.

NHS Services for People with Dementia in Berkshire

Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)

CCGs organise most of the community NHS services in the local area for which they are responsible. This involves deciding what services are needed for the local population and ensuring that they are provided. GPs and community nursing teams are part of an overriding CCG. GPs are your first point of call for a dementia diagnosis.

NHS services in Berkshire

In Berkshire there are two CCGs:

For more information on how healthcare is set up please see our guide to local NHS & care services across Berkshire.

Memory Service

The Berkshire Healthcare NHS Trust specialist memory service can assess cognitive ability. Early diagnosis of dementia means it is easier to retain a high quality of life and independence.

The memory service can be provided at a local clinic or in the home. It is recommended that a family member or carer comes along to the appointment as they can help explain recent changes. Memory and other skills are assessment. Depending on needs, sometimes further assessment such as brain scans are required. The result of theses assessments is signposting to appropriate support and treatment.

Referrals to the memory service come from local GPs. There are six memory clinics across Berkshire:

Care Homes for People with Dementia in Berkshire

It may be best for all that your relative moves into a care home. If so, please see our practical guide to finding a care home. Some areas of Berkshire may be more suitable than others in terms of local amenities, transport links and cost. For more information read our guide to choosing a care home location in Berkshire.

There are over 50 care homes in Berkshire that look after people with dementia. You can search on the housing care directory and filter by area.

Local Charities Supporting People with Dementia in Berkshire

Age UK Berkshire Dementia Support

The Age UK Berkshire service provides ongoing one-to-one support for people with memory loss or living with dementia. It can also give some respite to carers.

Age UK dementia support

This service is user-led and planned according to the individual’s needs. One-to-one support can be provided in the home or elsewhere depending on needs and interests. The service aims to complement those provided by other voluntary organisations and the NHS. It costs £20 an hour.

In addition, Age UK Berkshire run a once monthly activity session for those with Dementia at The Sue Ryder centre at Wokingham Hospital. A hot lunch is provided along with activities and a friendly atmosphere.  

Telephone: 0118 959 4242

Alzheimers Dementia Support, East Berkshire

Alzheimers Dementia Support (ADS) is a charity which offers constructive practical guidance and activities for the local community affected by dementia. This community covers East Berkshire including Ascot, Langley, Maidenhead, Slough and Windsor.

To access services, there is a mandatory free membership scheme to join. Services provided are fun and sociable for both those with dementia and carers. They include gentle exercise, trips out, singing, tea dances and talks on dementia.

Telephone: 07516 165647 (Terrie Hall)
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Alzheimer’s Society Berkshire

The Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s largest dementia charity. In Berkshire, the charity runs dementia support services from two hubs. Information and practical guidance on understanding and coping with dementia can be accessed. This support can be offered face to face, over the phone or in writing.

The Alzheimer’s Society also has a dementia directory listing a range of dementia support services provided by smaller organisations. This includes care homes, day care and social groups so is a useful resource when thinking about looking after your relative.

East Berkshire

Address: 6 North Road, Maidenhead SL6 1PL
Telephone: 01628 626331

West Berkshire

Address: Part of 2nd Floor, 118-128 London Street, Reading RG1 4SJ
Telephone: 0118 959 6482

Berkshire Demcare, East Berkshire

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Berkshire Demcare are a small charity in East Berkshire supporting people with dementia and their carers. They provide person-centred care through cognitive stimulation therapeutic (CST) activities. This means care is tailored and flexible to meet individual needs.

Berkshire Demcare also run activity days at the Crowthorne Methodist Church on weekdays. For carers, there is a drop-in coffee morning and weekend respite service. Please enquire for more information.

Telephone: 01753540396
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