Special day shows off support for dementia

Tim Wilkins (right) of the  Alzeimers Societies with clients of Frame of Mind ''Picture by Louise Adams C130516-2 Bog Apr16 Dementia
Tim Wilkins (right) of the Alzeimers Societies with clients of Frame of Mind ''Picture by Louise Adams C130516-2 Bog Apr16 Dementia

ADVICE and support was available at a dementia day held at Bognor Regis Library.

A number of charities and organisations joined together to promote their services and the help on offer for people with the condition.

Those at the event on Monday (April 15) were kept busy by a constant stream of inquiries.

Among the services represented were Marc Jones and Kirsten Phelps, of West Sussex County Council’s western prevention assessment team.

The community support workers explained to 15 visitors in the morning session the help they could receive from the team.

Marc said: “People have no idea what help is available.

“When we visit people, they say it’s fantastic to talk to us because they didn’t know what was out there and the services which are available.

“Everything we do is about keeping people in their own homes.

“We explain how we can identify what is needed to be done to enable a person to remain in the 
community.

“If they have a problem with physical impairment, we can arrange some services which can help them.

“If it’s about social isolation, we can tell them about activities in their locality to enable them to get out and about in the community.”

The service fits into a network between social services, Age UK and the health service.

The all-day support event was led by the Alzheimer’s Society, which used it to offer advice to carers.

Age UK and Mind were also present along with Voluntary Action Arun and Chichester, the health and wellbeing hubs 
and the Carers Support Service.

Bognor-based Frame of Mind was there as well.

The community interest company provides vocational training for adults with mental health issues and learning disabilities.

Its trainees learn picture framing and general business skills in a real business environment .

Dementia affects more than 13,000 people in West Sussex.

The condition causes severe memory loss.