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Dementia advisor pilot scheme begins

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The government’s pilot scheme of dementia advisors will start today to help people with dementia and their families get more support throughout their illness.

Dementia advisors based in 22 pilot sites around the country will be employed as guides to try and help people with dementia and their families navigate their care and the support system available to them.

A further 18 sites will test out ‘peer support’ networks offering different ways of providing patients and their carer local practical and emotional support.

Services to be piloted include dementia ‘cafes’ where people will be able to meet others will dementia.

Care services minister Phil Hope said: ‘We know that people with dementia and their families are under huge strain. Dementia advisors will be there for them when they need help, from diagnosis onwards. 

‘This project will test different support methods so we can see what families respond to best.  After that, I want to see dementia advisors start taking up post all around the country.’

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