A diagnosis of dementia is life changing for both the person and their family
Family relationships and friendships change.
Family carers have less time for work, other family and social commitments or to look after themselves properly. They experience a lot of stress trying to juggle everything.
People with dementia and carers can become isolated at home and their general wellbeing can often get worse.
With the right support, it is possible to live well with dementia
Over 27 years of providing specialist dementia support to help local people live with dementia, we have seen:
- people with dementia maintaining and rediscovering skills and interests
- carers being revitalised and become less stressed with regular breaks from caring, whilst the person they care for attends a MindCare centre or has a visit at home
- old relationships being rekindled or new social connections being made.
By getting support early, a person diagnosed with dementia and their carers can live as well as possible with dementia.
“Just a little note to say thank you for all the help, attention and encouragement you give my mum.
As I don’t live near my mum, we have daily telephone conversations and there is a marked difference in her voice on the days she attends the MindCare Centre. The tone of her voice is upbeat and she is full of excitement, telling me what responsibilities she was given during the day.
As a result, she feels needed and appreciated and part of a community again, which is very important for people with dementia like her.
We’ve also noticed that her memory and conversational skills have improved with the interaction she gets with people at the Centre.”
MindCare Dementia Support Centres in Bromley borough
Regular Daily Attendance
People with dementia can spend the day engaging in activities and social groups at one of our centres in Beckenham or St Paul’s Wood, Orpington.
- stimulating activities to encourage daily living skills and social interaction in a safe, relaxed and professional environment
- lunchtime meals
- accessible premises with indoor and outdoor spaces
- excellent staffing ratios to meet individual client needs with experienced and qualified staff.
Prices start from £41.78 per day.*
A free trial is available for people to see if the centre meets their needs.
Family carers can bring the person they care for to a MindCare Centre for up to three hours, either on a regular basis or as and when needed. This gives carers a break to pursue interests or catch up with other responsibilities.
Prices for Drop-In sessions start from £9.42 per hour.*
“My wife, ‘Dee’, is only 63 and has early onset dementia. I was finding it increasingly hard to understand her dementia and meet her needs.
I was desperate for help and felt very alone.
I found the MindCare Dementia Support Centre via the Internet.
We called in to see them and we were warmly welcomed by the staff and shown round. We could see various groups of activities ranging from baking to arts and crafts and a lovely reminiscence group that Dee joined in.
It was heart-warming to see her interact after such a long time.
The staff displayed patience and kindness and the room had a lovely atmosphere and everyone looked so relaxed and happy.
From the very first meeting I felt like somebody cared and understood how I felt.
Dee now goes to the centre three days a week and I have my life back again… I do not feel isolated as I did before.
With time to myself, I feel that my batteries are recharged to face the challenges that Dee’s dementia brings. I have re-joined my bowls club, which I had to give up over a year ago. With information and tips from the staff, I am handling situations so much better and because of that our home life is so much happier now too.”
At MindCare Dementia Support, we support people with dementia in Bromley borough based on their individual life history and interests, physical and emotional needs.
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Paying for Dementia Care
Many families using our services pay for care themselves. Some families are eligible for financial support.
* All prices are correct as at July 2017 and may be subject to change. MindCare Dementia Support is part of local charity, Bromley & Lewisham Mind. Any surplus money is reinvested into the MindCare Dementia Support service for the benefit of local people with dementia and their carers.
Contact us to find out more
020 8663 0499 (Monday to Friday – 9am to 5pm. Closed public and bank holidays)