Westminister dementia adviser success

Housing 21 Dementia Voice has been chosen to provide a dementia adviser service to NHS Westminster and Westminster City Council.

The contract is one of the first to come to market as part of the measures set out in the National Dementia Strategy published in February of this year. The service, due to start in November 2009, is contracted for three years and will work closely with the new Westminster Memory Service and other existing services in the city.

The role of the dementia adviser is to facilitate easy access to appropriate care, support information and advice for people diagnosed with dementia, their carers and others who may be concerned. The adviser will work with people throughout all stages of dementia, directing them to additional help and support as their needs require. The service will also provide supportĀ to local communities to help them understand more about dementia with the aim of getting earlier diagnosis.

Housing 21 was selected from a number of respected organisations that tendered for the service. Les Clarke, Director of Older People's Services said: 'This is a tremendous achievement and is recognition of the growing respect for Housing 21's care and dementia services. We are delighted to be working with the NHS and the City Council in Westminster to help promote the best care for people with dementia and improved support for their carers. The new service will strengthen our partnership with Westminster which has already produced some excellent services for people in the city.'

Housing 21 provides a range of service in Westminster, including specialist care at home, day services and a groundbreaking Dementia Palliative Care Nursing service that was the first of its type in the United Kingdom.