Providing practical support for those living with dementia

Administrator Kay Telford and Dementia Enablement Officer Grant Langlands pictured with some of the Angus Care and Repair equipment.
Administrator Kay Telford and Dementia Enablement Officer Grant Langlands pictured with some of the Angus Care and Repair equipment.

A Forfar-based charity, which offers practical support to the elderly and disabled in Angus, has received lottery funding to help those living with dementia.

Angus Care and Repair received three-year funding from the Life Changes Trust - an independent charity set up with a Big Lottery Fund endowment - to provide customised support services for people affected by dementia.

Grant Langlands and Kay Telford are employed to carry out the service which will improve the homes, independence and confidence of people living with dementia, ensuring they receive equipment and adaptations to assist them to continue to live independently within their own homes.

Grant is the Enablement Officer who will visit people at home and Kay provides the administration and telephone contact for this dedicated service.

Traditionally, older people receive funding for support and adaptations at home when they have a physical need or a disability. Care and Repair want to extend this crucial support to people with dementia, who may not always qualify for these funded adaptations because the works required are not seen as ‘typical’ or ‘traditional’.

Grant, a skilled joiner and dementia ambassador, explained that for people living with dementia, the need for equipment or adaptations can arise from a change in how they perceive their surroundings as a symptom of dementia.

He said: “I will visit the person at home to explain the service, carry out a home assessment looking at the needs and safety of the individual and then fit adaptations to give clearer direction.

“We also have daylight bulbs, a weekly planner, a memory digital clock and other items that could make home life easier.”

Small changes to the home environment reduce falls, accidents and confusion. This can lead to an increase in confidence and independence, and even better physical health.

Early intervention could also be less costly in the long run.

For more information about the service or to receive an enablement check please call Grant or Kay on 01307 463232.

This service is open to anyone living in Angus who is diagnosed, going through diagnosis or feel they are affected by dementia.