Forget Me Not grants available to dementia sufferers in south Norfolk

Long Stratton, Norfolk. South Norfolk Council Offices in Long Stratton ENGANL00120111130173715

Long Stratton, Norfolk. South Norfolk Council Offices in Long Stratton ENGANL00120111130173715

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Grants to support those with dementia in south Norfolk have been made available following a collaboration of organisations.

South Norfolk Council, working in partnership with the South Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group and Norfolk County Council Adult Social Care, has announced the availability of Forget Me Not grants. These are designed to assist people living with dementia maintain a safe, decent and warm home, keep their independence and prevent or delay the need for admission to residential care.

South Norfolk Councillor Yvonne Bendle, cabinet member for Wellbeing and Early Intervention said: “One in three people over the age of 65 will develop dementia, and two-thirds of people with dementia are women.

“In the early stages many people living with dementia can look after their homes in the same way as before but, as the illness gets worse, it is likely that someone with dementia will find it difficult to look after their home and they may need help with daily activities. Their home may also need to be adapted to enable them to stay safe, mobile and independent.”

The grant can be used for a number of improvements, including changes to lighting, flooring and wall colours, the replacement of old appliances and the installation of safety equipment, as well as funding assistive technology, such as motion sensors, water level monitors and alarm systems.

Referrals are made by contacting the Independent Living Team at South Norfolk Council and a short referral form is completed for each case.

For more information call South Norfolk Council’s Independent Living Team on 01508 533705 or email independentlivingteam@s-norfolk.gov.uk