Forget Me Not grant scheme launched in South Norfolk and Breckland to help those with dementia

Breckland Council ANL-150904-113904001

Breckland Council ANL-150904-113904001

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A new grant scheme has been launched by Breckland Council in a bid to help those affected by dementia.

The Forget Me Not scheme allows for grants up to £1,000 for aid changes, such as changes to lighting, flooring or decoration, or the provision of new equipment.

Small changes to someone’s home can make a huge difference and help them live independently for longer

Councillor Lynda Turner

Carers, relatives and professionals can also apply on an individual’s behalf.

Cllr Lynda Turner, Breckland Council’s champion for older people, welcomed the new scheme.

“Small changes to someone’s home can make a huge difference and help them live independently for longer,” she said. “For someone affected by memory loss, an automatic pill dispenser can be a lifeline.

“Grants could also cover changes made to a bathroom or kitchen to make them safer, or to remind someone where items are kept. Small improvements like these make life easier for those affected by dementia, and provide reassurance to their carers, friends and relatives.”

The scheme will be administered by South Norfolk Council, who will also be offering grants to their residents in the CCG area. For more information contact Breckland Council Principal Housing Officer Gordon Partridge on 01362 656275 or visit www.south-norfolk.gov.uk/dementiafriendlyhomes.

It is funded by the South Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group