Support

If you have been diagnosed with dementia or if a member of your family or one of your friends has been diagnosed with dementia there is support available in our community.

Information

What is dementia?

Dementia is the collective term for diseases of the brain, there are over 100 different types of dementia.

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Alzheimers Society - Local Contacts

Is a nationwide charity that provides support for people with dementia, raises awareness and conducts research into dementia. 

Local Alzheimer’s Society contact details

01752 608967 / 07711 015903
Alzheimer’s Society, 
Scott Lodge, Scott Road Plymouth PL2 3DU

Going missing - Herbert protocol

As dementia progresses a person with the disease may be at risk of going missing.  The Herbert Protocol is a nationwide scheme developed by West Yorkshire police and being introduced by other agencies including Devon & Cornwall Police which encourages carers to compile useful information which could be used in the event of a vulnerable person going missing.

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Appointing an Attorney

As a person’s dementia progresses they may find it harder to manage their own affairs, if they want to appoint a person to assist them they need to complete a legal document called a lasting power of attorney (LPA) whilst they have mental capacity to do so.  It is important that they put this document in place whilst they are still able to understand what a lasting power of attorney is and whilst they are still able to express who they want to appoint.  If a person loses capacity without appointing an attorney their family or friends will need to apply to court to appoint a deputy. 

The lasting power of attorney forms can be completed online

Online Form

The Alzheimers Society has a helpline.

Alzeimer's Helpline

There are several local law firms who will be able to assist you to complete the documentation.  Beccy Bristow is one of our trustees and a local solicitor who specialises in this type of work

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Local Support Groups

Kingsbridge & Saltstone Caring

KASC is a registered charity whose aim is to promote the independence, physical and mental well-being of older, isolated or vulnerable people living in Kingsbridge, Salcombe and the surrounding area.

They do so by providing services not normally available through statutory agencies.

Their services are delivered by a team of volunteers, keen to provide friendship and support to those who need it. Our volunteers have the opportunity of using their life skills and experiences, finding fulfilment in making a difference.

Examples of support include

  • companionship
  • shopping or assisting with a shopping trip
  • local outings, e.g. a trip out for a cup of tea or a visit to a garden centre
  • accompanied transport to social activities
  • hospital discharge support
  • carer relief
  • signposting to other helpful organisations
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Next Steps Community

We are a community project based in Kingsbridge, South Devon, dedicated to raising awareness around death, dying and grieving. Our aim is to create a community that provides practical and emotional support to facilitate a more gentle transition through these difficult times of life. 

Our regular discussion groups, workshops and events promote open, friendly conversations in a relaxed, safe and supportive environment. 

At Next Steps we unite as a community to help one another embrace death, in order to live life.

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Age Concern Kingsbridge

If you're over 55 then why not pop in to Kingsbridge Age Concern for lunch.  A warm welcome awaits you from our hard-working team of volunteers who serve a delicious, freshly prepared three course meal plus a tea or coffee for only £7. Serving food Monday to Friday at midday.

Our light and spacious dining room seats up to 40 people and is available for private hire and parties.

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Transport

It can be difficult for people to get around our rural community and we are looking at what transport is available to assist people as they become less mobile.

Coleridge bus

A great way to get into Kingsbridge for your shopping, or to reach walking or cycling routes off the beaten track 
with no parking problems! A public bus service run entirely by friendly helpful volunteers! Serving 10 rural parishes Tuesday to Friday with a different route each day. 

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Taxi companies

There are several taxi firms operating in Kingsbridge and the surrounding areas. Steve's Taxis 07811 150349 are used on a daily basis by Age Concern Kingsbridge.

Patient transport services

Chillington: Except for emergencies please give as much notice as possible preferably 2 days. Transport to health centre, Derriford, Torbay & South Hams Hospitals, opticians, dentist etc. Telephone 01548 581181

Norton BrookExcept for emergencies please give as much notice as possible preferably 2 days.  Transport to medical related appointments but not to Derriford or Torbay hospitals).  Telephone 01548 855128

Friends of Redfern Centre: Transport patients to health centre, South Hams Hospital but not to Derriford or Torbay clinics, x-rays, physio and falls group. Telephone 01548 842284

RVS Community Transport

Affordable transport for elderly, isolated and vulnerable residents of Kingsbridge & District for social and medical appointments throughout Devon.  48 hours notice preferred.  
Mon-Fri 9am - 5pm 24 hour answering service. Telephone 01548 559296 

Salcombe Mini bus

Community transport service for inhabitants of Salcombe who are in need of the service due to age, sickness or disability. Telephone Tim Mattocks 01548 842140