Hampshire has an ageing population. Developing dementia is unfortunately increasingly common, a product of living longer.
The county has recognised this need, and there is great service provision to assist those living with dementia and their carers. Age Space has organised support by NHS in Hampshire and local charities.
NHS Services for people with Dementia in Hampshire
NHS Hospital Trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) across Hampshire offer a range of healthcare services to help those living with dementia.
Clinical Commissioning Groups
Each CCG has their own website where you can find GP services to discuss dementia in person. If it is deemed necessary, they will make a referral for a memory assessment. Typically, a memory assessment will involve:
- General questions around personal, social and work life.
- Specific questions concentrating on memory and mood.
- A referral for a CT scan or an MRI scan.
You can locate your CCG using the NHS website. Each of the CCGs below have their own Dementia section on the website, where your local NHS-recommend services are listed.
- North East Hampshire and Farnham
- North Hampshire
- West Hampshire
- Fareham and Gosport
- Southampton City
- South Eastern Hampshire
- Isle of Wight
Community Mental Health Teams (CMHT)
CMHTs aim to support people with mental health problems including those with dementia. They provide community-based help in the form of prescribing and managing medication, and psychological and occupational therapies. In Hampshire there are specialised teams for older people.
The CMHTs run Memory Matters courses. The courses for carers and those living with dementia are separate, but both provide a great way to meet people in similar situations. Memory Matters courses include support with carer stress, relaxation and breathing exercises and memory aid activities. For more information on what courses involve, please visit the NHS website.
Carers have access to information and are introduced to the help out there for them. It is also a chance to meet people and share experiences with others who are going through the same thing. This can help find methods for you and your loved one to cope with the condition.
Those living with dementia can meet other people also living with the condition. It can help find ways to cope with memory loss and make life easier.
To book onto a course, contact your local CMHT by telephone, and find out when the next course is running. The course is free of charge and is made up of eight weekly sessions, each lasting two hours.
- Andover: 01264 835263
- Bordon & Petersfield: 01420 483844
- Eastleigh & Romsey: 02382 310600
- Fareham & Gosport: 02392 681000
- Havant & Waterlooville: 02392 344616
- Isle of Wight: 01983 525254
- New Forest (East): 02380 428488
- New Forest (West): 01425 623802
- Southampton (East): 02380 475361
- Southampton (West): 02380 540712
- Winchester: 01962 831010
NHS Speech and language therapy
The NHS run Speech and Language service to help those with communication difficulties, that may come with dementia. This includes intervention to ease eating, drinking and swallowing problems. There are two clinics that serve Hampshire and the Isle of Wight – in Portsmouth and Southampton. You can refer your relative through their GP or by telephone, as provided below:
Portsmouth Speech and Language Therapy
Telephone: 0300 123 3932
Southampton Speech and Language Therapy
Telephone: 0300 123 3948
Local Charities Supporting people with Dementia in Hampshire
Throughout Hampshire, there are some great charities that exist to help those living with dementia, their carers and families. Please find more information on local organisations below that can potentially help you and your relative live a more fulfilled lives.
Andover Mind – Hampshire Wide Support
In September 2019, a new Hampshire-wide Dementia Advisor and Carer Support Service provided by Andover Mind was launched. Having one main, key provider supporting carers and people living with dementia means less duplication and more efficiency. The service supports all carers and people living with dementia by providing information, advice, one-to-one support and facilitating groups across the county. Andover Mind welcomes self referrals from individuals, as well as formal referrals from health and social care professionals.
Telephone: 01264 332297
Princess Royal Trust for Carers – Emergency Planning Service
The Princess Royal Trust for Carers in Hampshire provides the Carers Emergency Planning Service. The team provide support to discuss, develop and implement an emergency plan in the event something happens to the person you care for. This service can be particularly beneficial for those who care with someone with dementia due to the higher chance of something going wrong, and larger tendency to worry.
An emergency care plan means peace of mind for you and means your elderly relative with dementia has the safest opportunity to remain in their own home. The plan covers emergency incidents only – not pre planned respite care.
They also have the following hubs across the county, where carers can meet other carers and access more support and information. Please click on your nearest hub below for meeting venues, dates and times:
Telephone: 0800 169 1577
The Alzheimer’s Society, Hampshire & Isle of Wight
The Alzheimer’s Society provides over 20 dementia support and group services across Hampshire county and the Isle of Wight. Enter your address in their search engine to find the nearest available services to you. The charity provide a National Dementia Helpline, offering a friendly ear and advice, and online resources.
Helpline: 0300 222 11 22
Dementia Friendly Hampshire
Hampshire is a leading county in the UK national plan to develop communities to be more dementia friendly. The independent charity Dementia Friendly Hampshire has worked to create a network of business and groups to make life easier for those living with the condition. Please visit our Dementia-Friendly Hampshire Initiatives page for more information and how to get involved.
Alzheimer Cafe, Isle of Wight
The Alzheimer Cafe is a network of volunteers on the Isle of Wight that run 7 cafes to support those living with dementia and their carers. Alongside cafes, volunteers organise fundraising and informative events. This is to raise money for running the services, and to bring carers together and connect over shared, and sometimes difficult, experiences.
In 2019, the Network won the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK! This demonstrates the driven nature of the volunteers and the difference felt in the community. Please find contact details below to get your relative involved if they live with Dementia on the Isle of Wight.
Telephone: 01983 220200