This week is Dementia Awareness week (May 20-26). We wanted to make our patients aware of the Memory Support Worker service which was developed to provide personalised information, support and advice to people with memory problems, their families and carers. This can include signposting to local services like our activity groups, and helping service users to strengthen existing support networks so that they can maintain their independence for as long as possible. The service we provide is flexible, but consist essentially of person-centred, helpful conversations and support.
The Memory Support Workers also work closely with local GP practice teams. Our local Memory Support Worker, Gwen Oates, tells us how she can support people affected by memory problems.
“Your Memory Support Worker is your contact person for people living at home with dementia/memory problems and their family and carers. The core of our work is ensuring that you have the Information and advice you need, when you need it. This includes information on your diagnosis and support appropriate to you. I also provide family and carers with support and details on how to contact services that could help. Our service is here to help you to make informed choices about living well with dementia and other memory problems. Alongside this we seek to ensure that people affected by dementia are included in and can access all the local community resources they want to”
To contact your local Memory Support Worker ring the Alzheimer’s Society Office on 0113 2311727or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Priory View Medical Centre
2A Green Lane, Leeds, LS12 1HU
Tel: 0113 295 4260
Fax: 0113 295 4278