At Guideposts, we are putting major efforts into ensuring that people with a dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease and those caring for a person with dementia can make the most of life. We have care, advice and training services to benefit each individual to allow them to have real choices and live independently for as long as possible.
WHAT IT IS: Dementiais a condition in which there is a gradual loss of brain function; it is a decline in cognitive/intellectual functioning. The main symptoms are usually loss of memory, confusion, problems with speech and understanding, changes in personality and behaviour and an increased reliance on others for the activities of daily living. Click here for more detailed information.
The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, a devastating and terminal illness that can rob a person of their independence and dignity. Alzheimer’s disease doesn’t just affect the person themselves – it affects everyone around them and particularly family members and carers. Dementia is relentless, unforgiving and as yet, incurable.
Currently in UK there are about 820,000 people (1) affected by dementia. This figure is set to rise dramatically in the next decades as the ‘baby boomer’ population makes its way into old age.About a third of people with dementia live alone, a third live with a carer and a third end their days in care homes.
WHAT GUIDEPOSTS OFFERS Our innovative and dedicated services ensure you and those you care for have independence and choice about how they live, knowing that information, advice and support are just a phone call or mouse-click away. Trained staff are there to help you with personal and practical care, information, and specialist training and advice. Because our services are specifically local, we have knowledge and expertise about the areas we work in, which helps us to help you more effectively and immediately. We can help with areas such as finance , legal issue .Our DementiaWeb and Dementia Information Service for Carers run from our office in Rugby specifically supports those working with or caring for people living with dementia, and our Carers Support Service reaches out into the whole of Warwickshire to anyone who is a carer, offering a wide-ranging knowledge of issues and situation carers face. Our Help at Home service gives personal and domiciliary care to anyone who is finding it harder to cope at home. Our innovative music therapy service [hyperlink] offers a sense of coherence and well-being to those with memory or cognitive impairment. All the services offer practical support, care, information and advice – and a confidential listening ear to help you find out about what is available to you to help you take control and make the best possible choices for your life.
In all our projects and services we start from the viewpoint that every person is deserving of dignity and choice.