Alzheimer Scotland will be opening its newly refurbished Lewis and Harris Dementia Resource Centre today (May 29th) in Stornoway at 18 Bells Road.
The centre will be officially opened by HM Lord-Lieutenant of the Western Isles, Sandy Matheson OBE and the event will be attended by Chief Executive of Alzheimer Scotland, Henry Simmons and local MP Angus MacNeil.
Two local carers who are supported by the centre will also be attending: Hugh Smith and Ann MacDonald.
Hugh said: “Before my wife’s death earlier this year I found the centre helped me to understand and come to terms with my wife’s illness. It was an invaluable source of information, practical help and unconditional support.”
HM Lord-Lieutenant of the Western Isles, Sandy Matheson OBE, said of the facility: “I welcome the opportunity to congratulate all those involved in providing our islands with such an excellent facility.
“This will be of tremendous help and support to people with dementia, their carers and families who will have access to a wide range of services and activities. This will make a big difference in helping them to live well with this illness.”
Alzheimer Scotland (Lewis & Harris Services) provides advice and support for people with a diagnosis of dementia and their carers/families in the Lewis and Harris area. Services available include:
dementia-specific home support and day activities; a dementia café where people with dementia and carers can access information, advice and peer support; carer support groups (and other carer resources); a Dementia Link Worker who supports people with dementia and their families for the first year after diagnosis (covering diagnoses made from the start of April 2013 onwards); a weekly singing group.
In addition, there is a dedicated Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Nurse Consultant for the Western Isles, Anne Hutchison, who works at NHS board level to improve standards of care for people with dementia undergoing health treatment in hospital and beyond.
Henry Simmons, Chief Executive of Alzheimer Scotland, said: “We believe that no-one should have to face dementia on their own and that anyone affected by the illness should be able to find help quickly and easily. Our new Dementia Resource Centre in Stornoway will be a strong community hub offering information, advice, practical support and a wonderful, welcoming space for people living with dementia – in the town across Lewis & Harris.”
If you have any concerns regarding dementia, you can contact the Lewis & Harris Dementia Resource Centre on 01851 702123. Alternatively, you can call our 24 hour, freephone Dementia Helpline on 0808 808 3000.