DementiaRoadmap

Helping primary care to support people with dementia

Birmingham Dementia Roadmap

The Birmingham Dementia Roadmap provides high quality information about the dementia journey alongside local information about services, support groups and care pathways to assist primary care to support people with dementia and cognitive impairment, their families and carers.

The content is organised into topics to reflect the journey with dementia, from understanding dementia and being worried about your memory through to the diagnostic process, post diagnosis support and living well with dementia. There are also topics on carer health and planning for the future.

“Give me something to believe in” – Birmingham and Solihull Dementia Strategy 2014-17 

Launched in May 2014, the strategy has been developed on behalf of the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) that cover Birmingham and Solihull as well as Birmingham City Council and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council.

The strategy describes:

  • The services we think should be in place for people with dementia in Birmingham and Solihull and their carers;
  • The services currently in place; and
  • A framework for Birmingham and Solihull CCGs, Birmingham City Council and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to use when planning services

It has been developed using feedback gathered from people with dementia, their families and carers and draws upon a number of national strategic drivers including Living Well with Dementia, the National Dementia Strategy 2009, and The Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia – Delivering Major Improvements in Dementia Care and Research by 2015.

The Strategy covers the five main parts of our dementia pathway:

  1. Heath Promotion and Prevention
  2. Recognition and Identification
  3. Assessment, Diagnosis and Planning for the Future
  4. Living Well With Dementia
  5. Increasing Care (including End of Life Care)

Download Birmingham and Solihull Dementia_Strategy 2014-17.

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  • Join Dementia ResearchJoin Dementia Research forms part of the Governments Dementia strategy and is a service that delivers opportunities for people to see what studies are taking place both in their local area and nationally and connecting researchers with them.
  • Admiral Nurse Dementia HelplineThe Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline is for anyone with a question or concern about dementia. From looking out for the first symptoms of Alzheimer’s, to understanding the challenges of living with someone with vascular dementia, Admiral Nurses have the knowledge and experience to understand the situation and suggest answers that might be hard to find elsewhere.
  • Dementia UKDementia UK is a national charity, committed to improving quality of life for all people affected by dementia. The charity provides Admiral Nurses, specialist dementia nurses who provide practical and emotional support to family carers of people with dementia.
  • Dementia AdventureDementia Adventure is a registered charity dedicated to supporting people with dementia to get outdoors, connect with nature, themselves and their community, and retain a sense of adventure in their lives.
  • Race Against DementiaRace Against Dementia is an alliance of groups currently providing information and support to people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities in the UK.
  • House of MemoriesHouse of Memories is an award-winning training programme, run by the Museum of Liverpool, which targets the carers of people living with dementia. It provides participants with information about dementia and equips them with the practical skills and knowledge to facilitate a positive quality of life experience for people living with dementia.
  • Playlist for LifeBeing able to respond to music is the one thing dementia cannot destroy. Playlist for Life encourages families and caregivers to create a playlist of personally meaningful music on an iPod for people with dementia.
  • Engage & CreateEngage & Create is a not-for-profit organisation that uses creativity and conversation to improve the quality of life for people with dementia and those that care for them.
  • Birmingham Irish Dementia CentreThe dementia centre provides a friendly environment for Irish people living with dementia, to enable them to socialise and participate in fun activities. We meet every Thursday and Friday from 10.00am until 2.00pm at St Annes Centre, Digbeth.
  • Gable Healthcare Domiciliary Care ServicesGable Healthcare offers a unique combination of premier home care and community-based social services to older people with dementia and complex needs, to remain in the comfort of their own homes for as long as they wish.
  • Home Instead Senior Care Great BarrHome Instead Senior Care in Great Barr specialises in the non-medical care of the elderly in their own homes and everything we do is focused on supporting and enriching the lives of our clients.
  • Mindful Gifts in DarlastonThe Mindful Gifts CIC shop in Darlaston, Walsall provides a unique shopping experience and a place to enjoy a cuppa and reminisce over the nostalgic surroundings.
  • Ladder to the MoonLadder to the Moon provides workforce and service development that enables health and care organisations to develop active, creative, vibrant care services. It uses approaches that incorporate creativity and the arts, and involve staff, older people living with dementia and other long-term conditions, and the wider community.
  • ThriveThrive is the leading charity in the UK using gardening to change the lives of disabled people. Thrive run structured programmes of activities for people with dementia which focus on positive reminiscence, re-connecting with others including friends and family and gentle appropriate exercise and cognitive stimulation
  • Health Education EnglandHealth Education England (HEE) works across England to deliver high quality education and training for a better health and healthcare workforce.
  • HealthwatchHealthwatch England is the national consumer champion in health and care. We have significant statutory powers to ensure the voice of the consumer is strengthened and heard by those who commission, deliver and regulate health and care services.
  • RevitaliseRevitalise is a national charity providing short breaks and holidays (respite care) for disabled people and carers. We also offer inspirational opportunities for volunteers through one of the largest, most diverse volunteer programmes in the UK.
  • The ExtraCare Charitable TrustThe ExtraCare Charitable Trust is a not for profit developer and operator of ExtraCare Villages and Housing schemes which has retirement villages and housing schemes across the Midlands and North. ExtraCare's award-winning Enriched Opportunities Programme® (EOP) supports residents with dementia and dementia-related conditions.
  • Arts 4 DementiaArts 4 Dementia helps develop activities at arts venues to re-energise and inspire people in the early stages of dementia and their carers.
  • Younger Persons Activity Group – Carrs Lane Church CentreThe Activity Group offers people with dementia the opportunity to meet with others in the same situation. This is a peer support service where people can socialise, take part in activities and share with others the challenges, difficulties and achievements of living with dementia.
  • Wellington Court, HarborneCommunity and Wellbeing CentreAge Concern provides wellbeing services in six centres across Birmingham. All centres offer personalised support to people aged 55 and over who are physically frail or have mobility issues, dementia, depression or a long term health condition.
  • Welcome Home Service – Home From Hospital CareOur volunteers give free practical commonsense support for up to six weeks after discharge from hospital or  after treatment from any  other health establishment.
  • Village Court, Kitts GreenCommunity and Wellbeing CentreAge Concern provides wellbeing services in six centres across Birmingham. All centres offer personalised support to people aged 55 and over who are physically frail or have mobility issues, dementia, depression or a long term health condition.
  • The Laurels, Mere GreenCommunity and Wellbeing CentreAge Concern provides wellbeing services in six centres across Birmingham. All centres offer personalised support to people aged 55 and over who are physically frail or have mobility issues, dementia, depression or a long term health condition.
  • The Hurstway, New Oscott Community and Wellbeing CentreAge Concern provides wellbeing services in six centres across Birmingham. All centres offer personalised support to people aged 55 and over who are physically frail or have mobility issues, dementia, depression or a long term health condition.
  • The Fircone OrganisationFircone provides older people with the opportunity to try out new activities in a friendly and mutually supportive setting.
  • The Boldmere Day CentreBoldmere Day Centre offers a wide variety of activities including memory game, hocky, dominoes etc. Our buildings have full disabled facilities.
  • Singing for the Brain – The Kenrick CentreSinging for the Brain is a stimulating group activity based on the principles of music therapy for people in the early to moderate stages of dementia and their carers.
  • Singing for the Brain – Sutton ColdfieldSinging for the Brain is a stimulating group activity based on the principles of music therapy for people in the early to moderate stages of dementia and their carers.
  • Singing for the Brain – South Aston United Reform ChurchSinging for the Brain is a stimulating group activity based on the principles of music therapy for people in the early to moderate stages of dementia and their carers.
  • Singing for the Brain – Apna Ghar Day Centre(South Asian Families)Singing for the Brain is a stimulating group activity based on the principles of music therapy for people in the early to moderate stages of dementia and their carers.
  • Shopmobility BirminghamBirmingham Shopmobility is a service to help anyone with a mobility difficulty to access Birmingham city centre and enjoy its many visitor and cultural attractions, or to shop in the wide variety of retail outlets, shops, leisure and business services.
  • Seymour Dementia CentreWe offer an enjoyable day in a warm, friendly safe and comfortable environment with freshly prepared nutritious meals and dementia friendly activities through the day.
  • Rowangarth Day CentreWe provide Day Care for adults who are over the age of 18 who have a learning or physical disability. There is no upper age limit.
  • Robin Centre – Day CentreThe Robin Centre is a day centre which provides care and respite for vulnerable older people, some of whom may have been diagnosed with Dementia.
  • Phoenix Court, Castle ValeCommunity and Wellbeing CentreAge Concern provides wellbeing services in six centres across Birmingham. All centres offer personalised support to people aged 55 and over who are physically frail or have mobility issues, dementia, depression or a long term health condition.
  • My Care In BirminghamMy Care In Birmingham is Birmingham City Council's social care information and advice website.
  • Memory Assessment Service – Birmingham and SolihullBirmingham and Solihull Memory Assessment Service provides assessment and diagnosis for people suspected of developing dementia, when all other causes have been ruled out, including physical, mental health and alcohol.
  • Karis Neighbour SchemeKaris Neighbour Scheme provides practical support - gardening or simple home repairs one-off decorating help or DIY & food parcels.
  • Information & Support – Alzheimer’s Society The Alzheimer's Society in Birmingham and Solihull provide information and practical and emotional support to help people live well with dementia.
  • Information & Advice – AgeUK BirminghamAgeUK holds information and advice sessions at a variety of locations in Birmingham including: Kings Heath, Perry Barr and Kingstanding.
  • Home Instead Senior CareWe provide a holistic service to all our clients in order to allow them to remain independent in their own home for as long as possible.
  • Home Instead Family Carer Training ProgrammeWith our help, you can provide the personalised one-on-one care that enables people with dementia to remain for as long as possible where they want to be – at home.
  • Drop-in sessions for people with communication difficultiesThe drop-in sessions provide a space for people with aphasia to relax over tea and coffee exchange ideas and meet people who understand what it is like to have this communication disability.
  • Dementia Information and Support for CarersThe key aim of the service is to provide a free person centered support service to carers of people with dementia at all stages of their ‘journey’ from the point of diagnosis or referral.
  • Dementia Day Care Services – Trusted Local Care Ltd.Trusted Local Care Ltd. is a Social Enterprise, which has been developed by local people committed to providing a quality, person centered, specialist dementia day care services for older people.
  • Dementia Café -The Kenrick CentreDementia Cafés provide a safe, comfortable and supportive environment for peope with dementia and their carers to get together and socialise, receive information and share experiences.
  • Dementia Café – Sutton Coldfield Methodist ChurchDementia Cafés provide a safe, comfortable and supportive environment for peope with dementia and their carers to get together and socialise, receive information and share experiences.
  • Dementia Café – Winson GreenDementia Cafés provide a safe, comfortable and supportive environment for peope with dementia and their carers to get together and socialise, receive information and share experiences.
  • Dementia Café – WalmleyThe café is a monthly gathering where people with dementia and their families and friends can come together in a safe, welcoming environment, in the company of other carers and health and social care professionals. It aims to provide emotional support, information and the opportunity for discussion for people living with the impact of dementia.
  • Dementia Café – Selly OakDementia Cafés provide a safe, comfortable and supportive environment for peope with dementia and their carers to get together and socialise, receive information and share experiences.
  • Dementia Café – NorthfieldDementia Cafés provide a safe, comfortable and supportive environment for peope with dementia and their carers to get together and socialise, receive information and share experiences.
  • Dementia Café – Hodge HillDementia Cafés provide a safe, comfortable and supportive environment for peope with dementia and their carers to get together and socialise, receive information and share experiences.
  • Dementia Café – Chester Road Baptist ChurchDementia Cafés provide a safe, comfortable and supportive environment for peope with dementia and their carers to get together and socialise, receive information and share experiences.
  • Dementia Café – Ann Marie Howes CentreDementia Cafés provide a safe, comfortable and supportive environment for peope with dementia and their carers to get together and socialise, receive information and share experiences.
  • Cayon Care Day Centre, SheldonThis day service enables older people to remain as independent as possible. Activities are tailored to every person's need and include day trips gardening art debates quizzes and birthday parties.
  • Carers Group – Carrs LaneSupport groups provide a friendly and supportive environment for those caring for someone with dementia to talk to other carers about their experience.
  • Carers GroupWe currently run a carers group last Tuesday of every month so carers can get together and share their experiences.
  • Carers Emergency Response Service (CERS)Supports all Carers in Birmingham by providing a FREE back up service to ensure the person they care for is given support in case of an emergency. CERS will also provide support to enable a Carer to attend pre-planned medical appointments.
  • Brookmeadow Court, Hall Green Community and Wellbeing CentreAge Concern provides wellbeing services in six centres across Birmingham. All centres offer personalised support to people aged 55 and over who are physically frail or have mobility issues, dementia, depression or a long term health condition.
  • Books on PrescriptionReading Well Books on Prescription for dementia recommends books you might find helpful if you have dementia, are caring for someone with dementia or would like to find out more about the condition.
  • Birmingham Healthy MindsBirmingham Healthy Minds is an NHS primary care psychological therapies service that works closely with Birmingham GPs. BHM offers advice, information and brief psychological talking therapies for people aged 16 and over, who are often feeling anxious, low in mood or depressed.
  • Birmingham and Solihull Dementia Support WorkersDementia Support Workers provide expert practical advice and support to help people with dementia, their carers and family to understand the condition, cope with day-to-day challenges, and to prepare for the future.
  • Birmingham Carers HubThe Hub offers a wide range of services, FREE to local carers to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of carers.
  • Birmingham and Solihull Dementia Adviser ServiceBirmingham and Solihull dementia adviser service offers information about all aspects of living with dementia and supports people to access services.
  • Adults and Communities Access PointIf you think that you or someone you care for needs social care support, please contact Adult social care services and support about getting an assessment of your (or their) social care needs.
  • Admiral Nursing ServiceWe offer specialist dementia nursing support to family carers with multiple and complex care needs both emotionally and practically, using a range of therapeutic interventions.
  • Activity Group – Rushden CroftThe Activity Group offers people with dementia the opportunity to meet with others in the same situation. This is a peer support service where people can socialise, take part in activities and share with others the challenges, difficulties and achievements of living with dementia.
  • Activity Group – Middleton RoadThe Activity Group offers people with dementia the opportunity to meet with others in the same situation. This is a peer support service where people can socialise, take part in activities and share with others the challenges, difficulties and achievements of living with dementia.
  • Activity Group – Kalyan AshramThe Activity Group offers people with dementia the opportunity to meet with others in the same situation. This is a peer support service where people can socialise, take part in activities and share with others the challenges, difficulties and achievements of living with dementia.
  • Activity Group – Ghulab AshramThe Activity Group offers people with dementia the opportunity to meet with others in the same situation. This is a peer support service where people can socialise, take part in activities and share with others the challenges, difficulties and achievements of living with dementia.
  • Activity Group – DigbethThe Activity Group offers people with dementia the opportunity to meet with others in the same situation. This is a peer support service where people can socialise, take part in activities and share with others the challenges, difficulties and achievements of living with dementia.
  • 50+ Wellbeing Project Balsall HeathThis project provides daycare facilities for over 50's. People with dementia or their carers should ring to discuss what support can be given. Much of what's on offer may suit carers who wish to socialise or to have a break.
  • The Reading AgencyThe Reading Agency is a charity working to inspire more people to read more, encourage them to share their enjoyment of reading and celebrate the difference that reading makes to all our lives.
  • All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia (APPG)The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia (APPG) is a cross party group made up of MPs and Peers with an interest in dementia.
  • Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project (DEEP)The Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project (DEEP) brings together groups of people with dementia from across the UK. DEEP supports these groups to try to change services and policies that affect the lives of people with dementia.
  • Innovations in DementiaInnovations in Dementia is a community interest company that works nationally with people with dementia, partner organisations and professionals to develop and test projects that will enhance the lives of people with dementia.
  • The Reader OrganisationThe Reader Organisation is a charitable social enterprise working to connect people with literature through shared reading. The older people and dementia work programme uses shared reading to improve quality of life and care for people living with dementia and their carers.
  • Dementia PathfindersDementia Pathfinders CIC is a social enterprise delivering therapeutic care and support for people with dementia and their families, and programmes of education and learning for people working in the dementia care field.
  • Cognitive neurology and dementia centreThe Cognitive neurology and dementia centre at St George's Hospital is a regional specialist centre for cognitive neuroscience and dementia, that works closely with other hospitals from across South West London, Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire, and with GPs, community nursing teams, mental health services and social services.
  • Carersmart: Making life a little easier for carers Offers, benefits and discounts available exclusively for carers and people with care needs
  • YoungDementia UKYoungDementia UK is a charity based in Oxfordshire that aims to help people whose lives are affected by young onset dementia.
  • The Imperial Memory UnitThe Imperial Memory Unit within Charing Cross Hospital offers patients access to the latest treatments for memory disorders through participation in clinical trials and research.
  • Sporting Memories NetworkThe Sporting Memories Network, also known as Replay, is a national charity which promotes the use of sporting memories to improve the wellbeing of older people and to tackle dementia, depression and social isolation.
  • Dementia Action AllianceThe Dementia Action Alliance brings together organisations across England committed to transforming the lives of people with dementia and their carers.
  • Rushden Croft Activity CafeRushden Croft Activity Cafe is a peer support service with opportunities to socialise and take part in activities. It is held every first and third Tuesday from 10.30-3pm.
  • Kings Heath Activity CafeActivity cafes offer people with dementia the opportunity to meet with others with similar conditions providing peer group activities and social opportunities.
  • Heartlands Hospital Dementia CafeHeartlands Hospital Dementia Café offers an opportunity for people with dementia, their carers, family and friends to meet together to seek peer support, social interaction and information. The cafe is held from 12-2pm on first Wednesday of the month.
  • The Ghulab Ashram CafeDementia Cafes offer a monthly opportunity for people with dementia, their carers, family and friends to meet together to seek peer support, social interaction and information.
  • Hodge Hill Dementia CafeDementia cafes offer a monthly opportunity for people living with dementia, their carers, family and friends to meet together to seek peer support, social interaction and information
  • Kalyan Ashram Dementia CafeDementia cafes offer a monthly opportunity for people living with dementia, their carers, family and friends to meet together to seek peer support, social interaction and information
  • Dementia Cafe SheldonDementia cafes offer a monthly opportunity for people living with dementia, their carers, family and friends to meet together to seek peer support, social interaction and information.
  • Dementia Cafe KingstandingDementia cafes offer a monthly opportunity for people living with dementia, their carers, family and friends to meet together to seek peer support, social interaction and information
  • Dementia Cafe HarborneDementia cafes offer a monthly opportunity for people living with dementia, their carers, family and friends to meet together to seek peer support, social interaction and information.
  • Dementia Cafe Sutton ColdfieldDementia cafes offer a monthly opportunity for people living with dementia, their carers, family and friends to meet together to seek peer support, social interaction and information
  • Faculty for the Psychology of Older PeopleThe Faculty for the Psychology of Older People (FPoP), formely known as PSIGE, is part of the British Psychological Society's Division of Clinical Psychology. It works to encourage the exchange of information, ideas and expertise about psychological approaches with older people.
  • British Institute of Learning DisabilitiesBritish Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD) wants people with learning disabilities to be valued equally, participate fully in their communities and be treated with dignity and respect.
  • British Heart FoundationThe British Heart Foundation is a UK charity leading the fight against coronary heart disease funding pioneering research to transform the lives of people living with heart and circulatory conditions.
  • Diabetes UKDiabetes UK is a leading charity that cares for, connects with and campaigns on behalf of every person affected by or at risk of diabetes.
  • Self Management UKSelf Management UK provide support and advice for people living with a long term health condition, such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, COPD, arthritis and chronic pain.
  • Dementia Research CentreThe Dementia Research Centre, based at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, is one of the UK's leading centres for clinical research into dementia.
  • Bradford Dementia GroupBradford Dementia Group is a multi-disciplinary, multi-professional group committed to making a difference to policy and practice in dementia care, through excellence in research, education and training.
  • Dementia Services Development CentreThe Dementia Services Development Centre is an international centre of knowledge and expertise dedicated to improving the lives of people with dementia.
  • Disabled Living FoundationThe Disabled Living Foundation (DLF) is a national charity providing impartial advice, information and training on independent living.
  • National Council for Palliative CareThe National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) is the umbrella charity for all those involved in palliative, end of life and hospice care in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • Gold Standards Framework CentreThe National Gold Standards Framework (GSF) Centre in End of Life Care is the national training and coordinating centre for all GSF programmes, enabling generalist frontline staff to provide a gold standard of care for people nearing the end of life.
  • Employers for CarersEmployers for Carers provides practical, ‘hands-on’, help to employers to support carers in their workforce.
  • Short Breaks NetworkThe Short Breaks Network is the national co-ordinating body for the short break sector in the UK, providing short breaks for disabled children, young people and their families.
  • Bladder and Bowel CommunityThe Bladder and Bowel Community is the UK wide charity for people with bladder and bowel control problems. It provides information and support services, including a confidential helpline, for anyone affected by these conditions as well as their families, carers and healthcare professionals.
  • Foundation for People with Learning DisabilitiesThe Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities influences government and local authority policies and services so that they better meet the needs of people with learning disabilities, their families and carers.
  • The National Valuing Families ForumThe National Valuing Families Forum brings together a network of regional family carer organisations to consult and feed into government policy and legislation affecting those with learning disabilities and their families.
  • Marie Curie Cancer CareMarie Curie Cancer Care is a UK charity dedicated to the care of people with terminal illnesses.
  • Macmillan Cancer SupportMacmillan Cancer Support is a national charitable organisation that provides practical, medical and financial support and push for better cancer care.
  • Foundation for Assistive TechnologyThe Foundation for Assistive Technology aims to develop a thriving market in equipment that promotes independent living and meets the real needs of disabled and older people.
  • Assist UKAssist UK leads a UK wide network of locally-situated Disabled Living Centres. Most centres include a permanent exhibition of products and equipment that provide people with opportunities to see and try products and equipment to support them to live independently.
  • Carers DirectCarers Direct offer a helpline for carers that need help with their caring role and want to talk to someone about what options are available to them.
  • Carers UKCarers UK is a national membership charity for carers, that is both a support network and a movement for change.
  • Carers TrustCarers Trust works to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems.
  • The Disabled Parents NetworkThe Disabled Parents Network is a National network of Disabled Parents, helping each other and bringing about change for disabled people who are parents or who hope to become parents, their families, friends and supporters.
  • Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) maintain registers of drivers and vehicles in Great Britain. It is important that practitioners encourage their patients with dementia to inform the DVLA of their diagnosis.
  • The Dementia Training CentreThe Dementia Training Centre offers a range of courses from face to face training programmes, tailored to the meet the needs of your organisation, free e-learning packages designed by experts, to a Master’s degree offering specialist dementia training.
  • Parkinson’s UKParkinsonism is a feature associated with some dementias, particularly Parkinson's dementia and dementia with Lewy bodies. Parkinson's UK offers support for patients and carers, including excellent advice on coping with daily activities.
  • Lewy Body SocietyThe Lewy Body Society is a charity which aims to raise awareness of Dementia with Lewy bodies for the general public and educate those in the medical profession and decision making positions about all aspects of the disease and to support research into the disease.
  • Alzheimer’s Research UKAlzheimer's Research UK is a leading research charity for dementia, dedicated to funding scientific studies to find ways to treat, cure or prevent all dementias.
  • Alzheimer’s SocietyAlzheimer's Society is a membership organisation, which works to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
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