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Dementia

Dementia is a major concern for health and social care services. It is the single most frequent cause of admission to care homes, and of the need for community care services for older people. The majority of people who develop dementia will be older, however there is now evidence of a younger population who are developing this illness.  Of these, a large percentage will require acute hospital care at some time during their later life.

In England, dementia is now seen as an NHS priority area, and earlier in 2009 a National Dementia Strategy was launched.  Within Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust, we are committed to improving the care of patients who require our services. The involvement of carers/families is essential to the work that we are doing, as it is they that are the ‘specialists’, and we wish to learn from them.

The other vital ingredient is a workforce who are dementia aware, and have the skills and knowledge required.  WWL takes its commitment seriously, and this web site will contain information for professionals and the community to use as a resource and to allow the community to be up to date on the work that is being undertaken.

The Dementia Team
The team consists of the care of the elderly consultants, lead nurse for older people, specialist nurse for older people, occupational therapist, physiotherapist and social services.  

Dementia Videos

Find out more about dementia by watching the Hindley Dementia Friendly Community Awareness DVD.

It is arranged in 3 sections: 

TOP TIPS - gives 10 tips on recognising and understanding the needs of people with dementia
INTRO - shows who we have worked in partnership with, explains what is a dementia friendly community (DFC) and gives key points about dementia
MAIN FILM - explains Hindley DFC, supported by the Alzheimer's Society the voice-over's are carers and people with a diagnosis of a dementia, along with people we have worked in partnership with. 

External link TOP TIPS
External link INTRO 
External link MAIN FILM

Downloadable Documents

There are some general local and nationally produced information documents on the subject of dementia below:

PDF Document The Prime Minister's Challenge on Dementia
PDF Document Roles and Responsibilities for Dementia Champions
PDF Document Dementia - Assessing Confusion
PDF Document The AQuA Dementia Challenge
PDF Document Living Well with Dementia: A National Dementia Strategy
PDF Document Living Well After Diagnosis - A Guide from the Alzheimer's Society
PDF Document Delivering Accessible Care (Department of Health)
PDF Document Dementia Friendly Technology Charter

PDF Document Wigan Borough Dementia Friendly Community Information
PDF Document Dementia Support Service Carers Leaflet

Free Services

Find out about the free service developed from Leigh's recent Dementia Friendly Community event. This service is for people and families living with dementia.

PDF Document Cadence Classic Cinema Club
PDF Document Hindley Library Reminiscence Sessions
External link Local Music Based Workshop Blog

Have You Heard of Twiddlemuffs?
Twiddlemuffs are a knitted hand muff with interesting bits and bobs attached. They have been designed and developed to provide simple stimulation for active hands while promoting increased flexibility and brain stimulation. Many patients with dementia have found the Twiddlemuff reassuring and comforting.
 
We’d be delighted if any willing knitters could help us to create more Twiddlemuffs as part of our dementia awareness work. Don’t worry if you are not an expert. The pattern is very simple. If you aren’t a knitter but still want to support the cause, we would welcome donations of new wool, buttons, ribbons, zips or anything that could be used for the muffs.
 
These muffs will provide our patients with something to sooth restless hands and minimise agitation.