If you’re worried you might have dementia, the best place to start is by talking to your GP. Find out more about the assessment process in the Getting Answers section.
If you’ve already seen your GP and have been diagnosed with a type of dementia, you may be feeling overwhelmed and unsure about what the diagnosis means for you and your family. But the main thing to know is that help and support is available.
HOW DEMENTIA WELLINGTON CAN HELP
When you’re referred to Dementia Wellington, either by your GP or by calling us directly, you will have access to help and services to that will hopefully make things easier and to help you continue to enjoy doing the things you like to do.
Check out our Support and Resources 2022 booklet to get up-to-date information on all our services, education, and support groups available for people affected by dementia.
One-on-one expert advice
Our team of professional Dementia Advisors provide information and advice specific for you and your situation, and will also work with other organisations to make sure you have access to all the services and support you are entitled to. Your Dementia Advisor might suggest you complete a Total Mobility Scheme assessment to see if you are eligible for a travel discount.
See the Dementia Advisors contact details.
You can attend some education courses to find out more about dementia and how to get the support you need to keep doing what you enjoy.
Our ninety-minute interactive Navigating Dementia Information sessions are a great starting point for people newly diagnosed with dementia and their families. Contact us to find out when the next Navigating Dementia course is being held.
Living Well course
This course is specifically designed for people in the early stages of dementia. Contact us to find out whether the next Living Well course would be right for you.
SUPPORT FROM OTHER ORGANISATIONS
If you have been diagnosed with a dementia, it’s advisable to get a
Needs Assessment and Service Coordination Service (NASC) assessment.
You should ask your GP for a referral or contact your local NASC team directly. Even if you are not yet eligible for services, it’s a good idea to be in the system so that you can access help when required.
Dementia Wellington is here to help you navigate the different parts of the health system, so if you have any questions, just talk to your Dementia Advisor.
Dementia Alliance International is a global and national lobbying group for ensuring change to improve outcomes for people diagnosed with dementia and their families. DAI also provides a suite of free services for members and the whole dementia community. There are resources available particularly for people with young onset dementia.
TIPS TO LIVE WELL WITH DEMENTIA
There are specific things you can do to make life a little easier when you have dementia, and just a few small changes to your home and habits can have a big effect.
A letter to your family and friends to acknowledge your dementia diagnosis. Click here to download aa copy of the letter you can give to your family and friends.
Click here for tips on lifestyle changes and keeping safe at home here
Click here for 10 Warning Signs of Dementia