It is estimated that there are over 20,000 people living with dementia in Kent, and this number is rising. This has created a growing need for the crucial dementia care services that are provided by the NHS and charities across Kent. This page will guide you through the different types of care services available, and highlight some organisations that may be able to help you support people in your life affected by dementia.
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Services, a local charity, operate a 24-hour Kent Dementia Helpline for people with dementia or their carers, which you can contact on 0800 500 3014.
NHS Services for People with Dementia in Kent
If you are concerned about somebody’s memory, the first thing you should do is speak to their GP. They will be able to make a referral for a Memory Assessment. Having spoken to your GP, they may guide you towards other NHS services. Here we will signpost to you the other services that you may come in to contact with.
Clinical Commissioning Groups
NHS services in Kent are organised by the new Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group.
There were previously eight CCGs in Kent, each of which had a page on their website dedicated to dementia. You can still find these pages below, which contain information about specialist dementia services provided in your local region, as well as details of dementia cafes, carers’ groups, and other dementia support in your area.
Community Mental Health Services for Older People
There are specialist Community Mental Health Services for Older People (CMHSOP) services operating throughout Kent. They provide care, support and advice for people over 65 years old with dementia, as well as for their carers. The CMHSOP team will carry out an initial assessment of the patient’s needs after which a plan will be made in collaboration with the patient and carers as to what to do next. Most of the CMHSOP teams accept self-referrals, although we would recommend speaking to your GP before contacting them.
You can find contact details and more information about your local CMHSOP service by following the links below.
- Ashford Community Mental Health Services for Older People
- Canterbury Community Mental Health Services for Older People
- Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley Community Mental Health Services for Older People
- Dover and Deal Community Mental Health Services for Older People
- Maidstone Community Mental Health Services for Older People
- Medway Community Mental Health Services for Older People
- Sevenoaks Community Mental Health Services for Older People
- Shepway Community Mental Health Services for Older People
- Swale Community Mental Health Services for Older People
- Thanet Community Mental Health Services for Older People
- Tunbridge Wells Community Mental Health Services for Older People
Adult Community Speech and Language Therapy
People living with dementia can sometimes face difficulty with feeding, speech and language. The Kent Community Health NHS Trust organise the Adult Community Speech and Language Therapy service who work in community clinics, hospitals, care homes and people’s private homes to assess, diagnose and help patients who have developed these types of problems. You can find out more about their services on the Adult Community SLT website.
To make a referral or find out more, use the contact details below, or fill on the self-referral form on their website.
Telephone (East Kent): 0300 123 0785
Telephone (West Kent): 01732 376813
Kent Charities Supporting People with Dementia
Admiral Nurses are trained to provide specialist dementia support. They work in the community, in care homes, in hospices and hospitals. In Kent they work closely alongside the Community Mental Health Services for Older People (CMHSOP) teams. To get a referral to Admiral Nurses you should speak to your GP or local CMHSOP team. You can contact Admiral Nurses directly to find out more about the support they are able to provide.
Telephone: 0800 888 6678
The Age UK branches in Kent all provide some degree of dementia support. This includes dementia cafes, drop-in clinics, specialist dementia day care and one-to-one outreach for carers. To find your nearest Age UK Dementia support service you can enter your postcode on the Dementia section of the Age UK Website.
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Services
Alzheimers and Dementia Support Services (ADSS) are a local charity serving the community of people affected by Alzheimer’s and Dementia in Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley. They aim to identify not only the immediate needs of the people they help, but also the support that will enable them to live life to its fullest in the future. ADSS understand the effect that dementia can have on carers, family and friends, and so will work closely with you also to see how you can be supported as well.
Telephone: 01474 533990
Alzheimer’s Society are a nationwide charity that provide information, advice and support to people living with dementia, as well as their carers. Their local dementia support ranges from social groups to advocacy, care homes to transport. You can enter your address on the Alzheimer’s Society website to find out about the services they run in your local area.
Telephone: 0330 333 0804
Cogs Clubs are small, structured groups for people with mild-to-moderte dementia, centred around purposeful activities based on Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST). The clubs can help people to recall or develop new skills in order to improve their daily lives and routines.
The clubs were started and designed by an Admiral Nurse from Kent who wanted to use her expertise to make a difference to people living with dementia in Kent. Cogs Clubs are now run by a range of organisation in Kent, including Age UK and Crossroads, but they are all based on the original aim to provide a day of activity, stimulation, music and fun.
Cogs Clubs also provide an important opportunity for respite for carers of people with dementia. Use the Cogs Clubs Address Book to find your relative’s nearest club and their contact details.
Crossroads Care Kent
Crossroads Kent’s Dementia Outreach service offers one-to-one support to families or carers who are affected by dementia. This includes advice, support and signposting to other local services.
Telephone: 03450 956 701
East Kent Independent Dementia Support
East Kent Independent Dementia Support (EKIDS), based in Canterbury, organise a range of monthly support groups for people with dementia and their carers. They often have dementia care specialists and social services professionals attending the meetings in order to answer questions and refer people to other services.
Telephone: 01227 730000