Caring for an older relative with dementia is a huge responsibility, so seeking extra help is not only understandable, but very often necessary. On this page, Age Space has compiled many of the dementia services and charities operating across Sussex that could be of help to you and your family.
You can also take a look at your guide to Dementia Friendly Initiatives in Sussex, here.
The Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust offers Memory & Dementia Assessment Services throughout Sussex, aiming to provide early detection, diagnosis, treatment and care to those with dementia associated difficulties.
The best way to access these services is through your GP, who may ask you to complete a short memory test before referring you. You may also be offered a brain scan which will help them to determine whether dementia is the cause of your problems or not.
Services provided differ slightly between areas, so it is worth visiting the website and selecting the location most convenient to you, by scrolling down the page.
Dementia & Older People Community Mental Health Support
The Specialist Older Adult Mental Health Services team offer support and treatment services for those living with severe and complex mental health needs, including dementia, in Sussex. They consider referrals for individuals aged 65 and over who are experiencing frailty, disability or other complex needs related to the ageing process.
Their multi-disciplinary teams provide individual assessments and intensive support for people who need help, including during the evenings and weekends.
Access to this service must be done via a GP referral. Following this, a member of the team will get in touch with you to offer an appointment. Their services differ by area, so you can visit the website to take a look at what is provided in each location.
Local Charities Supporting People with Dementia in Sussex
The Alzheimer’s Society charity supports those with dementia and their carers with services across the UK. You can make use of their simple search tool to easily find dementia services that are local to you.
In Sussex, the Alzheimer’s Society provide a wide variety of dementia support services, including Carer Information & Support Programmes, Peer Support Groups and Advice on Living with Dementia. They also run a wide range of social or activity groups, such as Memory Cafés and Sporting Memories clubs.
Visit their website below to find out about all the services they have on offer for your area.
Admiral Nurses are specialised dementia nurses that are continually supported and developed by the Dementia UK charity to provide life changing support for families affected by all forms of dementia – including Alzheimer’s.
As specialists, Admiral Nurses can help families to manage complex needs, considering the person living with dementia and the people around them. When people are struggling, the nurses help them to take back control or maintain their independence. Equally, they offer support to people caring for those with dementia.
For more information, you can get in touch or visit the website through the details provided below.
This small, local charity provides localised dementia services to support those with the illness and their families. Their aim is to improve not just the medical condition of those with dementia, but every aspect of their lives.
Know Dementia offers telephone support, home visits, financial advice, social activities (including sport and music sessions) and support for coping with the diagnosis. They have a host of other dementia services to offer, which you can read about on their website.
The charity is run by volunteers, including family carers and qualified professionals. The result of this is a compassionate and informed team, who can empathise with their service users. For more information about their services, you can visit the Know Dementia website or get in touch through the contact details provided.
Care & Nursing Homes
There are an abundance of care and nursing homes in Sussex that provide specialised care for dementia sufferers. If your relative is unable to continue living at home due to their condition, then moving them to a specialist home might an option you want to consider.