Information, advice and support for people with dementia or memory loss and their carers in Kirklees.

Living with dementia in Kirklees guide

As dementia affects people in many different ways, you and your carers may not know exactly what information you will need in the coming months and years, so we have put together this guide to help you at every stage of your journey. However, there is a lot more information available available on our other Adult social care and health pages.

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About dementia

Dementia is a common condition that affects around 3,000 people in the Kirklees, so remember, you're not alone.

The most common types of dementia are Alzheimer's disease , Vascular dementia , Dementia with Lewy bodies and Frontotemporal dementia .

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Getting a diagnosis

If you suspect that you or someone you know is showing symptoms of dementia, you should contact your doctor as soon as possible. Your doctor may diagnose dementia or may refer you to a specialist such as the Kirklees Memory Service.

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Activities and local support groups

There are many local dementia support groups and services available from befriending and dancing to lunch clubs and exercise classes. To find out about what is going on in your area please take a look at the factsheets below:

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Alternatively you can find local services on our Community Directory


Money matters

People with dementia need to organise their financial and legal affairs while they are able to make decisions.

It's a good idea to get professional advice about wills, pensions, how to manage any financial assets you have, and how to ensure any partner or children are protected and financially secure.

If you have dementia, you may want to consider appointing a trusted person to manage your money in case you are no longer able to do so yourself. This is called Lasting Power of Attorney, and can also enable the nominated person to make decisions about health and welfare matters on your behalf.

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Caring for someone with dementia

Kirklees Council offers advice and guidance for carers to help with their caring responsibilities and help look after their own wellbeing. We will look at how carers can carry on doing the things that are important to them and their family. A carer's assessment can be done even if the person they care for does not get any help from the council, and they will not need to be assessed. As a result of the assessment, the carer may be eligible for support.

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Living arrangements - staying in your own home

Being in your own home with your own possessions is very important as everything is familiar to you, but you may need to make it dementia friendly. With some help and adjustments, you will be able to continue to live independently for as long as possible.

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  • Download the Living with dementia in Kirklees - living arrangements - this includes staying in your own home, care options, home safety, crime prevention, we can support you to live well with dementia, helping with your memory, .
  • Contact Mears Home Improvement Dementia Support Service to arrange a home visit. The visit will assess whether free practical measures can be installed such as door/ cupboard signs, bright grab rails, bright light switch covers, calendar clock, bright toilet seat, highlighting steps/banisters.
  • Contact Kirklees Council Supporting People for help with contacting organisations who can help you to stay in your own home and live independently.
  • Read about Carephone home safety service. As well as your pendant there are many different types of sensors which can connect to your carephone including GPS location devices, fall detectors and more.
  • Read about Home environment and dementia on NHS Choices.
  • Take a look at Dementia shop for a range of books with useful design tips for making your home dementia friendly, which look at a range of ideas for example the benefits of daylight, changes to soft furnishings and colour choices can have a significant impact on the person with dementia in their own home.
Living arrangements - housing options and support service

As dementia progresses, it may become increasingly difficult to continue living at home. For example the care you need might increase to 24 hour care and it may be that your family just can't cope on their own.

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Getting out and about

If you'd like to venture further from home, but are worried about managing your dementia's needs, there are organisations that can support both you and your carer.

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Dementia friendly communities

Kirklees Council is committed to transforming the lives of people with dementia and their carers. We have commissioned The Kirklees Dementia Action Alliance to encourage and support communities and organisations across Kirklees to take practical actions to enable people to live well with dementia and reduce the risk of costly crisis intervention. Any organisation or community that is committed to improving their services for people living with dementia in Kirklees can become involved.

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  • Use our Kirklees dementia friendly toolkit
  • Consider becoming a member and make a pledge with The Kirklees Dementia Action Alliance .
  • Consider becoming a Dementia Friend and see what a difference you can make to your community and for people with dementia in Kirklees.
  • Consider becoming a Safe Place . We are looking for organisations willing to become a Safe Place. Each Safe Place will receive a short training session, a window sticker so people with dementia or learning disabilities can identify them and on-going support from the Safe Places Co-ordinator.

NHS Choices - dementia guide

NHS information and advice for people with dementia and their friends and families, including dementia symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and how to live well with the condition.

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