Extra help for dementia sufferers

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EXTRA support is now on offer to North Tynesiders suffering from dementia and also to their carers.

North Tyneside Council is working towards meeting national dementia strategy standards, and cabinet members were given an update on the authority’s progress so far at their latest meeting.

The council invests more than £8m on care home placements and community-based services for people with dementia, working in partnership with other agencies to provide a range of support services.

Borough mayor Linda Arkley said: “Dementia is one of the cruellest diseases around.

“I am pleased that we are providing such successful and invaluable services to both the sufferers and their carers.

“The quality of care in North Tyneside has improved, and we continue to make progress in supporting those with dementia.”

North Tyneside’s dementia advice service has received 324 referrals to date, as well as more than 1,500 contacts.

The council’s social care training and development team has also provided training days for people caring for relatives or friends with dementia and is lining up further sessions.

Work is also under way to run an accredited course for carers.