Similarly to the rest of the UK, Surrey has an ageing population. This means more people are living longer, resulting in a parallel rise in cases of those living with dementia. It is currently estimated that over 16,000 people live with dementia in Surrey.
Having a parent or other relative with dementia can be incredibly challenging at times. For a full guide on dementia diagnosis and advice, please download our free Age Space Dementia Guide. You can also visit our dedicated page on Looking after Someone with Dementia.
As a carer of somebody with dementia, it is vital that you find support for yourself, both for your own wellbeing and to ensure you can provide the care that is required. A support group or local charity can often make a huge difference in peoples lives and help them to feel less isolated. For more information, please take a look at our Carer Support Groups in Surrey.
For those living with dementia, there is a joint health and social care strategy led in partnership by Surrey County Council, the NHS and some local charities and stakeholders. The strategy aims to deliver more localised and effective services for people with dementia and their carers. Whilst this is a challenge due to public funding decreasing, the strategy is focused around a person-centred, local community response. The five key aims can be summarised as follows:
- Living well in dementia friendly communities
- Preventing well
- Diagnosing well
- Supporting well
- Dying well
This guide will look at how co-ordinated organisations in Surrey play their part towards this overarching strategy, along with contact details.
If you are looking for Dementia-Friendly initiatives or activities, please visit our Dementia Friendly Communities Surrey Guide.
NHS Services for People with Dementia in Surrey
For an overview of how the NHS services are run in Surrey, take a look at our Elderly Care in Surrey page.
Community Mental Health Teams for Older People
The Older People’s Community Mental Health Team for Older People (CMHTOP) offers assessment, diagnosis, treatment and support for people over 65. This includes dementia and all secondary mental health impacts associated with the disease.
Within the team are doctors, mental health nurses, occupational therapists, psychologists, social care practitioners and support workers. The team also works closely with charities, particularly the Alzheimer’s Society, to signpost to activities and to ensure carers have access to support too.
The service accepts referrals for people over 65 with concerns about their memory, including mild cognitive impairment. Referrals can come from a GP, or you can self refer if you feel support would benefit your relative.
Please find local CHMHTOP websites and contact number below where you can find for more information:
- Areas Covered: Elmbridge; Epsom & Ewell; Mole Valley; Reigate & Banstead
- Telephone: 0300 222 5716
- Visit Website
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Intensive Support Team for Dementia
An Intensive Support Team made up of dementia specialists works alongside CMHTOPs. This team provide additional assessments and interventions for people with advanced dementia and very challenging behaviour. Home-based assessment and support for families is available. The team of specialists are from a wide range of backgrounds including nursing, psychology and occupational therapy.
Palliative Care for People with Dementia
Some NHS palliative care teams in hospitals and Surrey hospices are able to provide specialist care and support to those with dementia and their families towards the end of life. For more information, please visit our comprehensive guide to Palliative Care in Surrey.
Local Charities Supporting People with Dementia in Surrey
Across Surrey, charities work to improve the lives of those living with dementia, as well as their carers and families. Please find more information on the work being carried out below, alongside contact details for each organisation.
The Alzheimer's Society
The Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s largest charity that supports people with dementia. The charity have a regional office in Surrey that is located in Epsom. You can contact the office for advice on dementia support in Surrey and signposting to suitable local services.
Dementia Action Alliance
The Dementia Action Alliance works to bring together organisations who are committed to transforming social and health outcomes for people living with dementia. Smaller groups called Local Dementia Action Alliances (LDAAs) work together to achieve this aim.
In Surrey, there are 21 LDAAs. Each LDAA is run by a small committee steering group which sets out local objectives, as informed by people living with dementia and their carers living in the community. LLDA group websites are listed below, where you can find what the groups are up to in their area alongside, contact details.
New groups are being set up all the time, so it is worth checking the national Dementia Action Alliance website, or you can set up your own group to make a difference!
Mid Surrey Dementia Care Trust (MSDCT)
The Trust was set up in 1995 at the Conservatory Club in Leatherhead for people in the early and middle stages of dementia. It is open from 10:00am to 3:00pm daily and members can attend the Club for up to three days each week and participate in activities or social interaction in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Attendance costs £23 per day, which includes the cost of lunch and incidentals. However, the Club does understand that this can prove difficult for some people and their Club Treasurer is available to discuss and advise on alternative arrangements.
Activities at the Conservatory Club include arts, crafts, games, quizzes, looking through newspapers, music and general conversation. This aims to help maintain mental and physical wellbeing, as well as an overall interest in life. Depending on funding, sometimes members are taken on outings such as visits to the garden centre or beach.