Wherever a person is on their dementia journey, our Dementia Team can offer advice and support for both the person with dementia and also to their family. We aim to improve the well-being and quality of life for both the person with dementia and their carer. We promote positive approaches to living well with dementia and support carers to adjust and cope with the changes that dementia brings.
We hold dementia friendly therapeutic groups within The Living Well Centre including Cognitive Stimulation Therapy groups and a sporting memories reminiscence group. Whilst our Namaste Care Service can provide home based sessions for people with advanced dementia who may benefit from multi-sensory stimulation. Patients with dementia need a different kind of care to the specialist In-Patient care we provide at St Cuthbert’s, as we know it is helpful minimise changes and familiar surroundings can be so important. Therefore, where possible our Namaste Service aims to improve symptom relief wherever patients are currently being cared for.
St Cuthbert's Hospice were the first Hospice in the country to employ an Admiral Nurse, a specialist dementia nurse, to support the needs of people with dementia, their families and carers. Many Hospices across the UK have now followed our lead and also employ Admiral Nurses and recognise dementia as a life-limiting illness.
Referrals can be made by any health professional, though a formal diagnosis of dementia is not essential.