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Northfleet-based dementia support service boost

PUBLISHED: 12:09 28 April 2011

Staff at Alzeimer & Dementia Support Services. Lorraine Morris, Margaret Stephens, Brenda Langford Judith West and Sue Harman

Staff at Alzeimer & Dementia Support Services. Lorraine Morris, Margaret Stephens, Brenda Langford Judith West and Sue Harman

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An award-winning charity is defying difficult financial times by launching a new out-reach service helping vulnerable adults in their homes.

The Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Services — which covers Gravesham, Dartford and Swanley — will employ five full-time nurses to visit homes across the region helping sufferers with day-to-day tasks and supporting full-time carers.

Based in Deneholm Road, Northfleet, the charity — which celebrates it’s 20th anniversary this year — was named in the Top-10 GlaxosmithKlein IMPACT awards last month, collecting £25,000 and will aim for top spot next month.

Registered manager Judith West said: “It was a huge achievement for the charity. This new domiciliary service can build on our successes and reach out to people who really need help. We feel there is a need and it has been set up in response to what people have said to us. It is a service tailor-made for people with dementia and that is something that hasn’t really been available in this area.”

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Services runs a day centre, called Garden Lodge, dealing with around 60 residents.

It also launched a Dementia Café in Gravesend, meeting in Woodville Halls once a month, added a café meeting in Swanley in April and plans for a further café to be established in Dartford.

Mrs West added: “It is about providing somewhere for both sufferers and carers just to meet and share experiences and speak about concerns.”

A 24-hour helpline 0845 604 4391 was also launched earlier this year.

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