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I’m living with dementia / I care for someone living with dementia

We provide a wide range of resources to help you 'Live Better' with dementia


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Uniquely Me

'Uniquely Me' shares a personal insight to an individual's daily life. It records their daily activities and explores their history, lifestyle, culture, values and beliefs and most importantly how they choose to be cared for and supported. Most importantly it asks the care provider to see past the dementia and see the PERSON living with dementia. It’s a simple, easy to complete, A4 sheet which prompts users to record key information that can ensure that the individual receives the best care most suitable for their needs.A prompt sheet is provided to make completion of the form easier. 'Uniquely Me' can help those looking after the person living with dementia to understand why they behave in a certain way, particularly when communication becomes difficult. Knowing about the person’s past encourages topics of conversation when providing care but also assists with understanding why someone reacts in a particular way in certain situations. The carer of a person living with dementia can have a great influence on their life and care experience

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The major benefit of 'Uniquely Me' is that all the information is recorded on a single sheet of A4. Keeping the record short, by using an A4 sheet, takes into account the benefit of having concise information which can be used easily in the shortest time possible, compared to other ‘Life Story’ records e.g. in booklet form. This documented, vital information can be used by care staff to reduce the time taken to complete their formal documentation especially when someone living with dementia is admitted to hospital or a Care Home.

'Uniquely Me' (originally called 'About Me') was developed in July 2006 by Ruth Chauhan in response to a number of concerns raised with PALS (Patient Liaison and Advisory Service) in the hospital where she was working as a Senior Nurse. Numerous complaints had been made by relatives and carers of people living with dementia regarding the poor standard of care that older people who were confused were receiving in relation to nutrition, hygiene and general understanding of the individual's needs. It was recognised that in order to provide appropriate care for these patients it was essential to pay attention to both their physical and psychological needs by learning more about them as a unique individual with specific needs


To accomplish this, it was agreed that it was necessary to provide information to care staff, in a simple format, which would help them to understand the person, taking into account their life experiences, values and attitudes, recognising the whole person not just their diagnosis. Relatives/ Carers were involved in the development of 'Uniquely Me' and commented that it had given them the opportunity to participate and be involved in the care and that they felt more confident that their loved one would receive the appropriate care. Following the implementation of 'Uniquely Me' there was a reduction in the number of formal and informal complaints at ward level


If you think that 'Uniquely Me' is something that would improve the care experience for someone you know who is living with dementia or would like more information, please contact us

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Health & Wellbeing Passport

It is widely accepted that by keeping active, eating healthily and keeping your mind active you can reduce the risk of developing dementia. Understanding this is easier said than done, which led us to develop a 'Health & Wellbeing Passport' (Passport) using an approach which puts responsibility for health, happiness and independence firmly in the hands of individuals and communities while recognising that many people need help and advice to achieve this


The Passport is an innovative, unique, evidence based tool which was developed, evaluated and amended through our work with a broad range of statutory, voluntary organisations and individuals including older people and those from minority groups

The Passport identifies risk factors that have the greatest impact on an individual's health and wellbeing and recommends actions they can take to address their personal risk. The Passport empowers individuals to feel more in control of their health and wellbeing enabling them to make informed decisions which lead directly to improvements in quality of health and life. The Passport captures, monitors and measures the progress of individuals in meeting their identified health and wellbeing goals


Individuals have an initial assessment of their health and wellbeing which is used as a baseline to monitor behavioural change. To address the identified personal risks, an action plan is developed, providing a unique programme of advice, support and activity sessions to aid the individual. This is implemented by a Wellbeing Coach supported by volunteers on a weekly basis either 1 to 1 or in group sessions. We currently provide this online due to the Covid-19 pandemic

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The advice takes into account the dietary and cultural needs of the client group, looking at acceptable dietary alternatives to reduce saturated fat and sugar intake and encourages increased physical activity


The importance of regular exercise in helping to reduce the impact of several diseases, such as osteoporosis, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke is emphasised


Following the initial assessment to identify risk factors and development of an action plan to address issues, further assessments are carried out after 5 and 10 weeks to monitor change


We work with Community Groups, Faith Groups including Hindu and Sikh Temples, Mosques, Extra-Care Housing Schemes, GP Practices and Pharmacies to identify individuals who would benefit from using the Passport


If you think that the Passport is something that would help you or someone you know who is living with dementia or would like more information, please contact us

Exercise Programme

Regular exercise is not only important in reducing the risk of dementia but also helping to reduce the impact of several other diseases, such as osteoporosis, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. Even a little activity can improve balance, strength, muscle power and blood pressure

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Regular Exercise Helps With
  • Improving your independence
  • Reducing pain from arthritis
  • Improving your sleep
  • Reducing the risks of falling and fractures
  • Improving your mood
  • Improving your memory


We provide a programme of weekly exercise sessions which encourage an increase in activity uniquely tailored to the needs of different client groups. Safety is really important, and exercises are designed specifically for older adults with health issues and limited mobility. Exercises are simple and easy to follow for people living with dementia. These are usually provided face to face in groups but are currently provided online due to the Covid-19 pandemic


If you would like to be involved in our exercise sessions or would like more information, please contact us

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Dementia PAL (Peer Assisted Living)

A Dementia Pal is someone with lived experience of dementia who can provide help and support to people living with dementia and/or their carer. They also raise awareness in their community and with their friends to increase people’s understanding about dementia and how it affects people. Their aim is to provide peer support through empathy and sharing their experiences


We have volunteers who we have trained to become Dementia Pals. If you would like to be put in touch with a Dementia Pal or would like more information, please contact us


You can be assured that we take the safety of everyone we work with very seriously and therefore all our volunteers are DBS screened and receive comprehensive training


Due to Covid-19 all support takes place online or by telephone

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Focus Groups

We passionately believe that it is vital to ensure that people with lived experience of dementia, particularly those from minority groups, are involved in, and influence everything we do


One of the ways people with lived experience can be involved is through our Focus Groups where they can share their experience and knowledge to identify good practice in the provision of services to people living with dementia. Through the Focus Groups we gather information about the current status quo and how best to engage and provide appropriate support and information. Participants help us to identify priorities, needs, concerns and barriers to accessing care from the perspective of those living with dementia and/or their carers. Many of the members of our Focus Groups are Dementia Pals and are therefore able to express a wide range of views

This approach goes a long way to overcoming the current divide between service provision and the failure to meet the specific needs of people living with dementia from minority groups, by recognising that as members of the target community, they are best placed to interpret and feedback on the their specific, identified needs


If you would like to be involved in a Focus Group or would like more information, please contact us


Due to Covid-19 all our Focus Groups currently take place online


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