More than £350,000 over the next three years has been secured to fund a joint initiative involving Alzheimer Scotland, Aberdeenshire Community Health Partnership, Aberdeenshire Council and NHS Grampian to help provide early post diagnostic support for people with dementia.
The funding from Aberdeenshire Change Fund will be used to employ three new Alzheimer Scotland Link Workers who will be part of specialised teams working with people diagnosed with dementia in North, Central and South Aberdeenshire.
The link workers will work with Aberdeenshire Council and NHS Grampian to develop systems and approaches to help people with dementia, live with and be better informed about, their illness.
It is hoped this will help delay or avoid the need for them to have institutional or intensive care.
“This is designed to ensure improved quality of life for people with dementia and their carers.” according to the Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Social Work and Housing Committee, Councillor Karen Clark.
Councillor Clark added: “The lack of early post diagnostic support for people with dementia is seen as a significant barrier to them coping with the illness and being able to make long term decisions.”