Dementia advice and support | Oxfordshire County Council

Dementia advice and support

Specialist advice is available in Oxfordshire for people with dementia and their carers

What is dementia?

The term 'dementia' describes a set of symptoms which includes:

  • loss of memory
  • mood changes
  • problems with communication and reasoning.

These symptoms occur when the brain is damaged by certain diseases, including Alzheimer's disease and damage caused by a series of small strokes.

Dementia is progressive which means the symptoms will gradually get worse. How fast dementia progresses will depend on the individual person and what type of dementia they have.

It is often the case that the person's family and friends are more concerned about the symptoms than the person may be themselves.

In the later stages of dementia, the person affected will have problems carrying out everyday tasks and will become increasingly dependent on other people.

Dementia Oxfordshire

dementia oxfordshire logoHow Dementia Oxfordshire can help you

If you have been diagnosed with dementia, are a carer for someone with dementia, or know someone with dementia, we can help you with a wide range of issues, including:

  • information about dementia
  • how to get help locally
  • staying independent
  • adaptations for your home
  • benefits and allowances that you may be entitled to
  • benefits, support and respite breaks for carers
  • activities and leisure opportunities
  • planning for the future and legal issues
  • emotional support.

Confidential service

Our service is confidential. We will not discuss your information with anyone else unless we have your consent to do so, or unless you or someone else involved is at risk. If this situation occurs, we will always talk to you about it first.

How to contact us

We are open from 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.

You can also write to us at:

Dementia Oxfordshire
Unit 9/10 Napier Court
Barton Lane
Abingdon
OX14 3YT

More information

Our website www.dementiaoxfordshire.org.uk provides up to date information and advice about support services that are available to you. 

Memory cafes and training courses

A number of services offer support to people living with dementia, their families and friends. There are 'memory caf├ęs', training courses for carers, and opportunities to socialise.

Call Age UK's local helpline on 0844 887 0005 between 10am and 4pm or find a local support group on Carers Oxfordshire website.

Community Support Service centres

Community Support Service centres offer a range of activities, from computer classes to lunches, exercise groups to film clubs. They serve as community hubs where people can get social care and health advice and information and can provide a valuable break for carers.

Oxfordshire County Council operates eight Community Support Services centres that support adults of all ages with physical disabilities, older frail adults, and older adults with dementia, mental health problems and learning disabilities.

Community-based dementia advisers and support workers are available across Oxfordshire. They provide tailored information, advice and support to help people live well with dementia.
Your doctor, district nurse, memory clinic and other professional service can refer you to them.

Dignity in Care

Find out more about the National Dignity in Care campaign, including how to become a Dignity Champion.

More information and advice

There are a range of resources available to help you take control of your own care.  To find other local services near to you visit our Live Well Oxfordshire directory.

 

Last reviewed
07 October 2016

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