People with dementia will be able to access the right information and support in the community to help them live well with the condition from its early stages until the end of life when a new specialist service launches in east and west Suffolk this spring.
NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk and NHS West Suffolk clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), in partnership with Suffolk County Council, have commissioned Sue Ryder and three partner organisations, including the University of Suffolk, to deliver the new-look dementia service in collaboration with other local organisations from 1 April.
Developed together with patients, carers and other stakeholders, Dementia Together aims to work across organisational boundaries so that people can access joined-up support which better meets their needs and allows them to live independently for longer.
Dementia Together will be open to people at all stages of the illness and their families or carers, from those who are worried about memory loss and need advice to people with a long-standing diagnosis who are nearing the end of their lives.
People will be able to access Dementia Together through one point of contact, in turn making it easier to get them the right help at the right time and preventing them from reaching crisis point.
This could include information, help from a trained advisor, a community-based support group, or chat with an expert, depending on the individual service users needs.
The new service will also work to raise people’s awareness of the signs of dementia so that as many people as possible ask for help and an early stage.
Sue Ryder will deliver the service in partnership with Norfolk and Suffolk Dementia Alliance, the University of Suffolk and Purple Tuesday, who will be developing a dedicated user friendly website linked to the service. Sue Ryder is also working in collaboration with the local dementia action alliances across east and west Suffolk and other local organisations to ensure that people received joined up support.
The new service will replace the existing post-diagnostic dementia support offer for people in east and west Suffolk, which is due to end on 31 March.
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