Foundation set to provide dementia nurse for city

A new charity is being set up to provide free of charge support for people living with dementia and their families.

Monday, 8th February 2016, 9:06 am
Updated Monday, 8th February 2016, 10:09 am
From left Carly Cregan, manager of the new Penwortham Preloved Boutique, Seema Kennedy, MP for South Ribble, and Greg Bamber, Chairman of the Caring Hands Group

The Caring Hands Dementia Foundation is working in Preston and Lytham, raising funds to provide a specialist dementia nurse who will provide practical, clinical and emotional support free of charge.

There are also plans to set up a weekly peer support group; launch a singing group and work more closely with local GPs, hospitals and other community health care providers to help people get the support they need to stay in their own homes.

The project has been launched by Greg Bamber - chairman of Caring Hands Group.

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He said: “I have seen first-hand the impact a diagnosis of dementia can have, on both the person living with the condition and their families and loved ones. The issues are only going to become more important with the implications of an aging population, and the fact that people are living longer with dementia as well as with different combinations of conditions.

“I am passionate about ensuring people have the support they need to be able to live independent, fulfilling lives, regardless of their age or any condition they might be living with. Our hope for the foundation is that it will provide the clinical, practical, emotional and social support that people need, from those immediate, daunting days after diagnosis, right through their journey with dementia.”

The Foundation’s model is based on the Macmillan Cancer Support nurses, who are funded through charitable donations. Funding for the nurse will be raised by the Preloved Boutique, opened at 42 Liverpool Road, Penwortham.