Nobody should feel alone after a diagnosis of dementia, we're here to help everyone, inlcuding families and carers.

There is lots of support available from Age UK B&NES to help people living with dementia to stay healthy and independent:

  • Activities

All of our activities and classes are open to, and welcome, people living with dementia and their carers. We offer everything from art to walking football, cooking to crafts and book groups to tai chi. For more information, take a look at the range of classes and clubs available and speak to our Active team on 01225 466135 or active@ageukbanes.co.uk.


  • Advice and signposting 

We can provide information and support, as well as pointing you or the person you care for in the direction of services that might be helpful to you. You can call us on 01225 466135 or come in and see us during the week between 9.30 - 3.30 at 18 Kingsmead Square, Bath, and further down this page you will find a list of links to other organisations who might be worth contacting. 


  • Claiming benefits

Our Information and Advice service can help to make sure you or the person you care for is receiving all the money and support that they are entitled to. 

  • Day Centres

We run Day Centres in Bath, Keynsham and Midsomer Norton, and are able to support people living with dementia depending on their level of need. People come along to enjoy fun activities, talks, outings and the opportunity to get out of the house and spend time in a social environment. 

  • Home from Hospital

Our Home from Hospital service is available to people living with dementia, who we can take back to their own home after a hospital stay and support as they settle back in. This can include practical support, companionship and signposting.

  • Toenail Cutting

Toenail cutting is available via our clinics in Twerton, Keynsham, Midsomer Norton and Bath, and we also offer home visits.

Mrs A comes to one of our Age UK B&NES Tai Chi classes and is a full-time carer for her husband who has been diagnosed with dementia. She recently called in to tell us how much she was enjoying the class, but the best part for her is that her husband is able to join her. 

 Mrs A said “the instructor was so welcoming to us both and I love that despite the huge change to our lives, this is something that we can still do together.” For Mrs A, the chance to get out and take part in an activity alongside her husband has given her a new enthusiasm for their life together.

If you have concerns about dementia or someone you care for who might have dementia, it's important that you visit your doctor for advice and support.

Helpful links:

 

  • Bath City Farm:  Bath City Farm runs a weekly chicken keeping/cuddling project called 'Feathered Friends', which welcomes anyone living with dementia, or caring for someone with dementia, as well as anyone over 60.
  • Dementia Action Alliance: The BANES Action Alliance aims to create a dementia-friendly community, where people can travel on public transport; enjoy sport, cinema and recreational activities; go shopping; run errands; visit places of worship and manage day-to-day tasks. 
  • Dementia Adventure: Dementia Adventure connects people living with dementia with nature and a sense of adventure.
  • Designability: Designability have developed a number of products to support people living with dementia.
  • Memory Café: Curo run memory cafés in Peasedown St John and Chew Magna.
  • The Peggy Dodd CentreThe Peggy Dodd Centre provides support for those who care for loved ones with memory loss, enabling families to stay in their own homes for longer. They run Day Centres, Home Support, Singing for the Brain and a Dementia Café.
  • RICE (The Research Institute for the Care of Older People): RICE is an internationally renowned dementia research and treatment centre located in Bath. 
  • WE Care & Repair: Free Home Safety Checks available to make suggestions about helpful alterations, such as improving security and fitting hand rails.    
  • Wellbeing Options: Useful information about local care providers, clubs, services and activities, and links to other resources.