Dec 12 2012
New NHS dementia and care homes service for Londoners.
London’s dedicated NHS website myhealthlondon is launching two revolutionary new services for Londoners suffering with dementia, or facing a move into a care home.
The Care Homes service will enable Londoners, for the first time, to use a trusted NHS site to search through 1500 London care homes for a local home that suits their needs. You can compare, rate and publicly comment on a home – and it features a Report Button for residents and relatives to register any care concerns they may have.
As well as the search facility, it also contains advice on how the process of moving into assisted living begins, tips on choosing the right home, the kind of service you can expect to receive and information on your rights and finances.
The aim is to offer a mix of first-hand experience and trusted advice for people facing this difficult decision.
Caroline, from South-West London, is one of the people featured on the site. She was forced to give up work and care for her husband, Peter, after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia. Eventually, he needed to move into a care home.
‘I felt completely lost,’ Caroline reveals. ‘I wish someone could have swooped into our lives straight after my husband’s diagnosis, stayed with us through the whole process and pointed us in the right direction so we could access the help we needed as and when our needs changed.’
In addition myhealthlondon is also launching a channel for dementia sufferers and their carers.
With the focus on living well with dementia, it includes case studies, interviews with professionals in the field of dementia (such as a leading psychiatrist and an Admiral Nurse) and highlights inspiring new projects such as the London art
workshops provided by the charity Arts 4 Dementia.
It features an interactive 'SUPERMAP' of London’s health and wellbeing services to find everything that is local to you, including dementia cafes, day centres, respite centres, social services and support groups.
Journalist and TV Presenter Fiona Phillips, who is an ardent campaigner for dementia and who recently presented a BBC programme investigating abuse in a London care home that lead to a member of staff receiving a prison sentence is lending her support to the pioneering new dementia channel:
'Dementia is a growing concern for all of us,’ Fiona explains. ‘Both of my parents had it, and more and more people are being diagnosed each year. Many people living with dementia – and their carers, do not know that help and support is literally just around the corner. Myhealth.London.nhs.uk aims to change that – it offers a groundbreaking source of local information and targeted advice on every kind of service on offer. Check it out and get the help, advice and information that could give you and your loved ones a better quality of life.’
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson added: “Dementia and other long term conditions are a massive and growing challenge for the capital and affect the lives of a great many Londoners. There are increasing numbers of individuals and families wanting to know more about the support that is on offer and some even facing the big step of moving from their own homes and into care. Myhealthlondon is rightly recognised for the clear information it offers Londoners across a range of health issues and this new service will be a big help for anyone concerned about dementia.”
These two new channels form part of the NHS’s first one-stop shop for a broad range of features and services for patients and carers across London – and even GPs and members of healthcare services who may be looking for information to pass on to someone in their care.
Find out more at: www.myhealth.london.nhs.uk/