We are pleased to announce the launch of "Understanding and respecting customers with a dementia: A guide for staff.
A 'first' for New Zealand, the guide was launched on Wednesday 20 August. The Hon. Jo Goodhew attended the launch and was excited to see such a practical and innovative guide available to the business community. Alzheimers Wellington wish to acknowledge the help and kindness of Hampshire County Council, Innovations in Dementia and the Local Government Association, UK for their kind permission to adapt the guide for use here.
Alzheimers Wellington is an inclusive non-profit organisation dedicated to making life better for all people in the Wellington region affected by dementia. We are registered with the Charities Commission (CC20061).
Established in 1985 and originally called The Wellington Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Society (Inc) - ADARD, we were formed to support families and care-givers, and to educate and inform the public and the medical and helping professions, about the problems associated with Alzheimers disease and other dementias.
Today our four community workers provide services in Wellington, Porirua, Hutt Valley and the Kapiti Coast. They provide professional and caring support, personal advocacy and education services for family carers and people with a dementia. In order to keep delivering our services, we rely on membership fees, donations and grants to supplement the partial funding we receive from the two District Health Boards in our area (around 20% of our total expenditure). Our community workers are based in offices in Petone and Paraparaumu.
Our 2014 Annual Report is available here.
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The journey we embark on with people affected by a dementia often starts with a phone call to our office asking for information and advice. Those calling are usually family carers and they are often stressed and frustrated. We try to avoid just sending out an information pack and usually offer a visit to the family home. The purpose of this visit is to assess the need and develop a plan of how we can help by building on the family’s existing strengths. A typical visit takes around one and half hours and often starts a relationship with Alzheimers Wellington that may last for many years.
We later evaluate how our service is assisting the family and make adjustments to the plan. We always aim to build on the knowledge and skill of the people we work with as they are the true “experts” not us.
Please refer to the Our Services page for more detailed information on how we can help.
WHAT WE PROVIDE
Our community workers are available to families throughout Wellington, Porirua, the Hutt Valley and the Kapiti Coast.
Our Community Services brochure is available to view here.
Please call 0800 004 001 if you would like to speak to a community worker.
The aim of these meetings is to provide a safe environment in which people who are supporting a person affected by a dementia can meet and share their experiences. Meeting together can help us to understand that we are not alone. For more information, please click here.
Self Supporters Group (for people living with dementia)
These groups are for people who are at varying stages of their journey with dementia. Please call the community worker in your area to discuss whether these groups may be appropriate for you. For more information, please click here.
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