How we help people living with dementia and their carers outside of our care homes When a person is living with dementia it can be challenging and difficult both for themselves and their carers. It is vital that they receive support as they make their way along their dementia journey. That’s why dementia services are one of our charity’s core focuses. We have developed a variety of innovative dementia services that provide a range of support. These services recognise the importance of providing specialist care as well as giving carers much needed time to recharge their batteries. ‘Time Out in Worthing’ provides breaks for carers through a range of outings and community trips, visits to local attractions, strolls along the seafront and pub lunches for their loved ones. The Time Out in Worthing service visits somewhere different each week with a door-to-door transport service, picking people up from their homes in a Guild Care minibus and returning them home at the end of the day. The service is aimed at people living with dementia that are still active and take enjoyment from being out in the community. Jane, whose mum is a member of our Bradbury Wellbeing Centre, said: “I can’t fully explain the difference just a few hours to myself can make. Time alone is sometimes such a great luxury.” We also acknowledge the need for carers and their loved ones to have the opportunity to spend time together in a safe and secure space, where they can be supported by a team of trained staff. ‘Afternoon Tea’ gives the opportunity for those with dementia and their carer to enjoy an afternoon of treats together. This fortnightly event provides an experience where they can tuck into a delicious afternoon tea, including scones with jam and cream, and a selection of sandwiches. Our ‘Sunday Lunch’ service allows carers and their loved one to together enjoy a tasty two-course roast dinner prepared by an on-site chef with a complimentary glass of wine. Here they can enjoy a relaxed atmosphere with a supportive team, offering the chance to meet others in the same situation as themselves. Connie, who attends our dementia services with her husband, said: “The Sunday lunches are lovely and, because everyone is in the same boat, there’s no social embarrassment.” We also hosts a quarterly ‘Evening Social’, inviting people to join us for a night to remember at themed events ideally suited for people who enjoy socialising and getting dressed up. Here they can enjoy a two-course light meal, refreshments and entertainment. Nicki Freeman, Head of Older People’s Services, said: “Guild Care provide a wide range of modern services to support individuals, along with their carers, to live well with dementia. From services offering a carer a much-needed break for a day, to services that can be attended by both carer and cared for together. We offer a person-centred, individualised approach to supporting people on their journey. “Whether it’s going out and about on our minibus service Time Out in Worthing for an activity and a tasty pub lunch, or joining one of our Time out Together services designed for carers and loved ones to continue to socialise together, there really is something to suit everyone.” For more information about our dementia support services, please call our Customer Service Team on 01903 327327 or email [email protected].