Pioneering Dementia Care Contract won

Housing 21 has been awarded a contract with the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham to provide social inclusion and activities services for people with dementia and Korsakoff's syndrome.

The ground-breaking service will support individuals with low to moderate dementia or Korsakoff's so they can be meaningfully occupied in activities of their choice, some of them in their own home. These activities could include:

  • leisure
  • education
  • volunteering
  • physical exercise.

Individuals will also be supported to access services which are targeted at older people generally, such as luncheon clubs and to access therapeutic interventions, such as group cognitive stimulation therapy or creative therapies.

The daily service, which will start on 17th August will operate from Olive House in Fulham and provide support from 9am until 9pm, to allow participation in evening activities.

Lee Sims, National Dementia Operations Manager for Housing 21 said: "The philosophy of the service is one of relationship-centred care. We are creating the links that will help service users maintain their involvement with the social and individual networks that are important to them."

Four activities support workers will support around 32 service users at any one time and will handle an annual caseload of around 200 people. The contract value is £140,000 per annum and the initial contract duration is two years.